Saturday, March 31, 2007

Train Travel

Yesterday, I removed my shoes on a British train for the first time. I have removed my shoes on Japanese trains and on aeroplanes (I am amazed that some people keep their shoes on during flights!). It may not be very British, but I would rather travel in comfort.

I noticed a woman had put her shoes up on a seat. I made sure I put my shoeless feet up on the seat next to me to set a proper example. I remember a train many years ago that had a sign not to put shoes on the seats, but I have never seen one since. Neither the passengers or the operators seem to care.

Of course, I am sure some old-fashioned people disapprove of others taking off their shoes on trains. However, if I can get away with taking my shoes off on planes and I have to take my shoes off at airport security, why should I not remove them to make train journeys more comfortable? This is the modern world.


Redeemed said...

I always remove my shoes on the airplaine. It's so much more comfortable, especially during long flights.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

What about train journeys?

Redeemed said...

The train I take to go to work is only about a 20-minute ride. I would look crazy if I took my shoes off! Kinda like taking your shoes off on the city bus.

Only once I traveled by train. I went to NYC and it was a long ride. I took my shoes off for that. I had even brought a pillow and a blanket - I was very comfie!!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Yes, there would be little point in removing one's shoes on a short train ride.