Train My Happy Place (ID 7297)

My Happy Place

May 27, 2014

I’ve never really thought about where my happy place is until who’s the mummy tagged me in the My Happy Place meme. After seeing Sally’s newly transformed kitchen where she shares a morning coffee with Flea before school has made me wonder long and hard about where I would call happy. It finally struck me this morning as I was travelling down to London on the train. Trains are my happy place, admittedly if I was a regular commuter I probably would change my mind. I don’t travel on trains half as much as I once did, popping up to see my Mum etc is more difficult once you have children so taking the car is easier.


During my youth, I was part if the Sea Cadets and would often attend training weeks held in Portsmouth, Plymouth and Prestwick so I would think nothing about jumping on a train. Whilst they always provided suggested travel times they were never great so I would work out where I needed to change and simply catch the next available train to that destination. Bearing in mind I was just 14 years old before the days where every teenager had a mobile phone, my Mum trusted me to be safe and ask for help if I needed it. In reality that was my first real taste of independence, far more than my friends of a similar age ever had. I would occupy myself on the train listening to CD’s (mp3 players have certainly freed up a lot of space in my bag nowadays), chatting to random people about their day and answering questions on how on earth I managed to carry a backpack that was almost the same size as me or with a good dose of people watching.

‘there’s nothing as queer as folk’

People watching

I love a good spot of people watching as the saying goes ‘there’s nothing as queer as folk’. Sitting watching others on the train fascinates me, I wonder where they have been, where they are going, and for what reason. Usually, on the way down to London, I am surrounded by business people, with their laptops, coffee and that important call that can’t possibly wait for an hour until they get into the office. The holidays bring out families who are heading off for a big day in the capital, the children are all excited to be on the train and are keen to get to London and enjoy the day ahead. With promises of Hamleys, the London Eye and other tourist destinations I love listening to how they are planning on filling their day. Sports fans are an interesting bunch, especially on the way home as it has either gone one way or the other. Both can bring the alcohol, shouting and bad language but as long as they are not being disrespectful then I say leave them to it.

Empty seats

On a busy train, I understand the need to use up any available seats, after all, you have paid your train ticket so it’s only right that you get a seat. The thing that both frustrates and fascinates me is those people who get on a relatively empty train and choose to sit next to somebody. Are they looking for company on the way home? A conversation maybe? Do they like the look of that person and hope that natures sparks will strike? Who knows but please don’t ask me to move my bags just to sit next to me, you will block my view to people watch!

Where is your happy place?

  • Mandi May 28, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Thankyou for tagging me, I shall have to think about that one!! I too love the train but only get to travel on one about twice a year, so it is a novelty, I’m sure I would hate it everyday xx

  • Pippa Ainsworth May 28, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks for the tag! I will have to think about it. I do love a solo train journey though.

  • Clare May 28, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks for the tag.
    I like trains but I’m a nervous traveller. I need to know where I am going and where to change and I need a backup plan too… I need to have it all written down clearly and keep checking it every few stops.
    My secret is out now

  • HonieBuk (HonieMummy) May 28, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Taking the train is not a frequent thing for me these days (now it’s mostly the car). But I think it’s lovely when i get to take the children on the train somewhere (because it’s different for them). This last weekend, i got to take K’Boo (7 yrs) to see Katy Perry live at the Phone4U Arena, Manchester – that was a happy place journey!

  • Sonya Cisco May 29, 2014 at 8:28 am

    I like train journeys, especially the handful of times a year I am on my own on them – peace and quiet to sit down and read a book- bliss! I hate it if someone tries to talk to me though, not because I am rude or antisocial, but those train journeys are the few times a year I get any time to myself!

  • Mary Keynko May 29, 2014 at 8:41 am

    I love people watching – glad I’m not the only one. I love train travel too, it gives you a chance to really sit back and watch the world go by in a way you don’t get i a car, even as the passenger, and these days it’s a novelty so I always relish it

  • Mum of One May 29, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Ha! It drives me crazy if someone sits next to me when there are loads of empty seats. I love the peace of being on my own on a train and really don’t want to chat to strangers. Am a bit of an old grump but with two littlies I rarely get to even go the bathroom on my own these days!

  • Pinkoddy May 29, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I think I was 14 the first time I did a long train journey alone. Great post. I too do not understand those who have to sit next to people. And those insistent on having the chair they booked when someone is in it but there are millions of other empty chairs just the same.

  • Penny Carr May 29, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Yay – another train lover! I think I’m a bit of a romantic when it comes to railways. I like to think back to the old fashioned experience of train travel and wish it was still like that. A long train journey on my own is a luxury that I love – and I just wish I could do it more often. Commuting to London every day did almost kill the love though. Luckily I don’t have to do that any more.

  • older mum in a muddle May 29, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    What a lovely post. There’s something about trains I really like as well (especially if you have a first class seat :o) ) – I think it’s the fact that I get the chance to get lost in a good book! I think my happy place at the moment is my back garden.

  • Liz Burton May 29, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I spent 10 years working for the railway and trains are still my favourite method of travel – especially on my own! Lovely to be able to just sit, drink coffee and read a paper for a change.

  • Emma May 29, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    There is something so lovely about a train… Some of my best journeys have been made by train – the sleepers in foreign countries can be the best way to get somewhere – there’s nothing like waking up in another country! 😀 I used to commute in London, that I wasn’t so fond of a lot of the time! 😀

  • Ruth May 30, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Ohhh, I love this post! Trains definitely used to be my happy place too – they represented adventure! From taking the sleeper from Inverness to Crewe as a child, to the Eurostar to Paris with my husband when we got engaged… But I’m afraid to say our eighteen months in Hertfordshire and taking commuter trains into London ruined the romance for me a bit. You’ll need to save up your pennies for a trip on the Orient Express one day! xx

  • Penny May 30, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Oh I agree, great post. I love getting on a train with a notebook and making lists, planning, scheming. You can completely our the world to rights on a train!

  • Rebecca May 30, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Oh I love a train ride too but I like the opportunity to read or write in peace.

  • Amanda- May 30, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Oh I so get you on this. Especially a good two hour journey, enough time to really get into it. A coffee, good book or mag some people watching…bliss!

  • Michelle Twin Mum May 31, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Ohh interesting, I like the meme. I can’t imagine trains being mine though, they make me feel a bit sick! lol Mich x

  • Cat (Yellow Days) June 1, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I used to hate getting the train backwards and forwards to uni but now it is a lovely excuse for some quiet time with a book. Love it!

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