Shortcutting… Finding People in Train Stations

14 Jul

Just a quick word from me today, before I pass out from exhaustion, not to wake for at least twelve hours (drama queen? Me?). I thought you might like to hear my insight into the art of finding someone at a train station, as I had to practise it this afternoon. It was one of those situations where you both keep calling each other, are not quite able to hear/ understand what the other person is saying, arrange to meet at Burger King when it turns out there are two Burger Kings, etc. etc., although you’ll be relieved to hear that we found each other in the end. Here are my tips: if you haven’t met the other person before/ haven’t seen them in a while, a bit of Facebook stalking is probably a good idea to refresh your memory. (I should add that this wasn’t the case for me, in case said person reads this post and thinks I’d forgotten what they looked like.) If signal is bad/ you’re having difficulty understanding each other, texting is often better, although if you’re a super-slow texter then maybe don’t bother unless you’re really desperate. Arrange a meeting place which you’re certain is unique and unmistakeable in the station: Right = station clock/ big departures board, wrong = Burger King/ Starbucks/ long bench with a bin next to it. It is also quite handy to know from where in the station the other person is coming, although this doesn’t make it impossible for you to miss each other. And it has just occurred to me that there’s probably some sort of GPS app thing to help you out, although I haven’t looked into it yet, which can show you exactly (or each to within fifteen metres) the other person is.

Good luck with the emotional reunion!

Keep shortcutting,


2 Responses to “Shortcutting… Finding People in Train Stations”

  1. Dino Uphaus July 25, 2012 at 4:22 am #

    I love to visit train stations, specially the older train stations. It really gives me some sort of Nostalgia during the old days.”:*.;

    Take care“>

    • shortcutting July 28, 2012 at 8:52 am #

      Yes, those big old train stations are very evocative!

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