Living on the train

When you live in one city and work in another, you get to travel a lot and spend a lot of time on the train. I hated it at first but now I’m slowly falling in love with this way of living. That’s a very different way of spending my time from what I’m used to.

An hour on the train isn’t the same as your regular hour. You get to focus on one particular thing and there aren’t that many distractions. If your train doesn’t have wifi (or if you choose not to turn it on), you can’t reach your newsfeed, you can’t know what you have missed during that particular hour. However, you get to read for an hour and you actually read. You stop checking your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube accounts and you actually read. If you choose to do nothing, you actually do nothing and simply relax, exist. Or you can get a glimpse of others’ lives. You will see these people for a very short period of time, you will probably barely speak with them but you can watch. It might seem as nothing, but only from watching people you can tell a lot about them. There were two Americans on my train last time who were fascinated how train system works in the Netherlands. They were so excited about it that decided to travel only by trains next time. For me, Dutch train system is one of the most annoying things you can find when you have to travel across the country. See? We are so diverse and we see things from different perspectives. You get to learn about people, about other lifestyles from the moments like that. That’s one of the reasons why I’m slowly falling in love with travelling by train.

More importantly, I love how my life stops for that particular hour and I get to focus, to relax, to discover one particular thing in that hour. Thus, I can’t wait for my next hour and stop my life for an hour.

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