Last week's trip to England proved to be a near disaster in the transportation area when I discovered that half of the tube was shut down for maintenance. I was sort of relying on the tube as our main sort of transportation from all the major landmarks. But I quickly adapted from just trips on the tube to walking some blocks to other stations, taking the tube, to switch to a double decker bus, and then to a train, to a bus, a tube, and back again.
The tube is a lot better than the D.C. Metro. Things tended to look a lot more "clean" or at least gave the illusion.
It was better to take other modes of transportation outside of the tube because I got to see the above ground. I saw the streets and the English countryside on the trip to Birmingham.
In a way I'm kind of glad that the tube wasn't as reliable because I know how to really navigate the streets and tube in a way I really never thought I'd be able to.