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London Underground Explained By A Londoner

By Disha Shah

Each city has its own lifeline and for London it is its connectivity through underground trains. Every morning, a Londoner gets up and checks the tube update to plan a smooth journey to his/ her destination.

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London Underground Logo

London Underground was formed in 1985 and today it’s a major business with three million passenger journeys made every day, serving 275 stations and over 408kms. It has 13 major tube lines covering the whole of London.

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London Underground train

The transport for London website (http://www.tfl.gov.uk/) provides a journey planner where one just needs to provide the intended start and finish destination and the planner provides you with all information, such as time to reach station from home, which tube line to take, around what time, where to change trains, if required, time to reach the destination from the end station, total journey time, any planned closures, etc.

Journey Planner

                                    Journey Planner

The tube connects every part of the city to each other and it’s very convenient even for tourists. There are multiple ticketing options as well as day passes available to choose from. I would recommend just buy an oyster and top it up with single fare or day pass or weekly or monthly pass. Oyster is accepted on bus journeys so it has added advantage. The balance along-with the deposit os refunded back whenever one desires.

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Oyster card

There is a lot to learn from 150 years old transport system which breaks at times however never stops!

 

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Exploring Goa – XVIII

By Kartik Kannan

1The ferry is once in 20 minutes, and plies between Keri and Tiracol, and takes passengers for free, and charges for the vehicles that they bring along! Yes, People bring their cars and 2 wheelers in the ferry to get over to the other side!

2The old world charm of going in a slow ferry, has to be experienced in Goa. You get similar ferries in the crossing between Ribandar and Divar Island, in Central Goa too.

19If you happen to cross over at Sunset, there’s a lovely orange that’s going to merge with the blue of your ferry to make you fall in love with nature’s colors!

20You have an upper deck on the ferry too, if you want to photograph sunsets with peace!

3Once you cross over to the other side, there’s a small café where you come across a football enthusiast, who runs the shack! A place to catch a quick beer, while waiting for your return ferry!

-1While waiting, it suddenly dawns that the opposite side looks more scenic!

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But, if you have the sun setting on your side of the island, you’d be happy to not notice the 20 minute long wait till the same ferry comes back!