5. Victoria Station

the train from Gatwick to Victoria Station
took about thirty minutes
would have been a long way to walk
especially with two suitcases, a carry-on bag and a purse

I peaked outside the station
the size of the city was overwhelming
how would I ever find the youth hostel circled in my book
the map was barely two inches square

someone handed me a flyer
directions to another youth hostel
it was affordable
a destination with clear directions starting on the subway

how hard could it be
I purchased a ticket
got on the underground train
and watched for my stop