We booked a train journey from Shenfield to Sheringham.
It takes slightly longer than driving because two changes are involved but it does allow us to sit at a table and read books and play games and it should be less tiring.
There's only one stretch of the journey that affords us the luxury of reserved seating but it's the longest stretch between Chelmsford and Norwich.
We were travelling on a quiet day. As we parked in Shenfield train station car park at 8:00 we were one of four cars in what is normally a nearly full car park.
At Chelmsford we hopped onto the carriage with our reserved seats and 90% off the seats weren't reserved making it easy to spot our reserved seats. The carriage was barely occupied so we headed to the seats with reserved tickets.
At our reserved table was a woman who had clearly made herself at home.
Hannah and Ethan sat down opposite her and when she finished her phone call she shuffled a couple of belongings and said "I could move."
We moved and sat at a different table because there was plenty of space and it wasn't a problem.
But what kind of person sees an empty carriage with barely any reservations and actively chooses to sit in reserved seats?
Is it arrogance, stupidity or just an absence of awareness?
It's just something that wouldn't occur to me and I don't understand it.