The city’s special knowledge

I’ve had quite a day: first to welling for a new powerchair charger, then to Peckham to meet J for a spot of culture and then dinner. I spent several hours on busses, switching between this one and that. Getting around this city requires time, yet a kind of intricate specialist knowledge one only acquires after a few years living here. A unique form of knowledge concerning not just which busses and trains go where, but which paths to walk down and where to by what; a knowledge that can’t be expressed in words. After a while it starts to feel like the world is the city, and the city is the entire world. It makes me wonder, are other cities like this? Are other cities this intricate and labyrinthine? Do other cities require that form of special knowledge, or is London itself special?

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