So, this weekend Dave and I were thinking that we could go visit the new Costco that we will eventually be shopping at. However, we don’t have a car here. Which means that we are dependent on public transportation, at least for the moment. Lots of planning and figuring ensued and it turns out, it isn’t a very convenient way to get to Costco. Or at least, that is how it seems to us novice London transport riders. But first, I guess I should give some details so that everything will make sense.
Currently we are living in a temporary flat, for at least the next few weeks it looks like. The new place is located in Cromwell Road, right by the Gloucester station. It’s in a nice central location, unless you want to get to Costco, it seems. We located a couple of different Costco options, one on Imperial Way, Croydon, CR0 and the other on Shadbolt Avenue, Chingford E4 (I’m still learning about the post code situation, so if you’re from the UK please don’t laugh too hard or feel insulted by my ignorance). Both are nowhere near as close as my 7 minute drive to the Costco in Austin. But they are both under an hour of driving, allegedly, according to Google Maps. Of course, we wouldn’t be driving. We decided that we would try the location on Shadbolt Avenue since that one is closer to the flat that we are trying to rent (offer is in, so keep your fingers crossed for us). But then the question became: how do we get there exactly?
Now, in the US, where we have a car, this would be as simple as putting the address into the navigation unit and I’d let her do all the heavy lifting. Here though, we have no car and have no clue about where we are going or how to work it out really. So, we went to the Transport for London website, which thankfully lets you put in two addresses and it spits out the various ways and means that you can use to get there in a nice little, easy to follow plan. Phew… But man, on public transport is is going to take a bit of time. And by that I mean somewhere from 75 minutes to 90 minutes, with some walking thrown in. And honestly, we are using every conveyance known except a plane, I think. We do some walking, then some underground, then some overground train, then some bus travel, and then some more walking. Okay, no plane or boat, but still… So, I was sad, mostly because I was thinking about bringing Costco-sized stuff home on a trip like that on public transportation.
But after thinking about it we decided that we would give it a go, despite the round about journey. Then I thought about all the car sharing programs we have around Austin now, and lo and behold, they have them in London too. So, to simplify things immensely for ourselves, we have decided that we will join Zipcar and just ‘borrow’ a car when we want to go to Costco. That should make it far easier to get our purchases home without everything getting all hot, or becoming like a lead weight. So, this week I will be signing up for Zipcar and picking up my shiny new card here in their London office and then I will be free to roam around the area to any Costco I want with my own little set of wheels. I’m sure this is a very American thing, to feel like I must have a car to make this trip, but I am and I can’t get over that after being here just a week.
I’m not going to complain (not really and truly) about how far the Costco locations are from me though. I’m just glad that London has so many Costco options and that getting there is completely doable. I know some of you travel for well over an hour to get to your Costco locations, so no whining from me, I promise.