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Many years ago when my friend Pat and I decided to vacation in England, I booked two or three nights at a B&B in East Putney, a small city approx. six miles from London. The lodgings was within walking distance of a commuter station. Perfect.

Putney Railway Station

Putney Railway Station undated internet photo

It wasn’t until Pat and I took our first day trip into London that we realized it involved taking more than one train, some waiting and added up a one hour journey one way. At first that didn’t sound too hideous until we figured out that meant returning to the B&B to refresh after a day of walking in the heat, and then returning to London for dinner and a night out.

the B&B and neighborhood looked much like this. by interlet.com

the B&B and neighborhood looked much like this. by interlet.com

We tried that once and decided to stay sweaty and rumpled in London for dinner and the evening rather than travel back and forth three times in one day. I have since read, years later, that one of the downsides of charming little affordable Putney is poor Tube service.

My lesson learned was to investigate what the commute is in real time, not the distance in miles.

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