Mind the gap…

Every city has its own beauty and peculiarity. Rio de Janeiro will always be the Wonderful city, Curitiba the role model for other Brazilian cities and Belo Horizonte a welcoming place with its hospitable people.

I always make sure to make the most in every city I have lived in. Cape Town, Paraty, and LONDON.

 London is for sure the centre of the world. There are people from all parts of the globe living here.

 ·         More than 250 languages are spoken in London which makes it  the most linguistically diverse city in the world!

       ·         With a population of 7.75 million people make of ethnical groups coming from the four parts of the planet.

 I really enjoy watching people and the diversity here makes it even more fun. It is always interesting trying to guess where a group of people are from. I usually do that by listening to them talking and try to see if I can recognize their accent. Now, when there is a Brazilian coming down the road I can spot within seconds. This morning for example I saw three girls walking just a few meters in front of me heading towards the Abbey Road (where the Beetles recorded their albums). I didn’t take much effort for me to find out that they WERE really from Brazil.

 One of the things that I find very interesting here is the subway or “tube” as the Brits like to call it. For those that have visited the city the sentence “mind the gap” will always bring back the memory of the tube.

London subway is the oldest and one of the busiest in the world. With a very good system the underground transport about 3 million people a day. They are business people commuting every day to work or tourists coming and going with their maps and the latest gadgets.

The oyster card was first introduced in 2003 replacing the paper card which still exists for those who don’t use the tube that much. Paying a fixed amount of money you can use your oyster card to travel on the bus and underground as much as you want. There are daily, weekly and monthly fees which are respectively cheaper.

The tunnels link the city from North to South and East to West, crossing one side of the city to the other.


Here are some interesting facts:

Facts and figures

  • ·          Number of miles/km travelled by each Tube train each year: 76,800 miles/123,600km
  • ·          Total number of passengers carried each year: 1,065 million
  • ·          Number of individual passengers carried on the Tube each year: 28 million
  • ·          Average train speed: 33km per hour/20.5mph
  • ·          Length of network: 402km/249 miles
  • ·          Proportion of the network that is in tunnels: 45 per cent
  • ·          Longest continuous tunnel: East Finchley to Morden (via Bank) – 27.8km/17.25 miles
  • ·          Total number of escalators: 422
  • ·          Station with most escalators: Waterloo – 23 plus two passenger conveyors
  • ·          Longest escalator: Angel – 60m/197ft, with a vertical rise of 27.5m/90ft
  • ·          Shortest escalator: Stratford, with a vertical rise of 4.1m
  • ·          Total number of lifts: 141
  • ·          Deepest lift shaft: Hampstead – 55.2m/181ft
  • ·          Shortest lift shaft: King’s Cross – 2.3m/7.5ft
  • ·          Vertical lifting platforms highest rise: Walthamstow 1.98m/6.5ft
  • ·          Vertical lifting platforms shortest: Hainault 0.64m/2.1ft
  • ·          Carriages in London Underground’s (LU’s) fleet: 4078
  • ·          Total number of stations served: 260 
  • ·          Total number of stations managed: 260
  • ·          Total number of staff: 19,000 approx
  • ·          Stations with the most platforms: Baker Street – 10. Moorgate has 10 platforms but only six are used by LU (two are used by First Capital Connect and two were formerly used by Thameslink services)
  • ·          Busiest stations: During the three-hour morning peak, London’s busiest Tube station is Waterloo, with 49,000 people entering. The busiest station in terms of passengers each year is Victoria with 77 million
  • ·          The Underground name first appeared on stations in 1908
  • ·          London Underground has been known as the Tube since 1890, when the first deep-level electric railway line was opened
  • The Tube’s world-famous logo, ‘the roundel’ (a red circle crossed by a horizontal blue bar), first appeared in 1908