Musings at a Pizzeria in Stockholm Central Station, 28 November 2018
Once upon a time, I nurtured a dream of leaving home for the airport and buy a ticket for wherever I wanted to go in the moment (and where a ticket were available and affordable).
However, my closest airport doesn’t sell any flight tickets so I have now modified my dream to going by train.
It is possible… I can do this, maybe I will do it already in 2019?
Coming to the station with my (possibly light) luggage, I would buy a coffee (take away cup!), sitting down for a while, listening to the announcements of the loudspeaker. And in the moment I hear the name of a town that my heart spell out its Yes! to, I’ll tap the name into the ticket app, buy the ticket and then hurry off to the train.
I could do it again the day after and who knows where I would end up?
7 March 2019
I am doing it….
The train is rushing through a grey and foggy landscape. In my heart though, there is a sunrise which is about living in the moment. A sunrise, because there is no plan, it’s just a shimmering beginning. Perhaps I go back already this evening. Or not. It doesn’t matter right now. All I know is the whining of the wheels, the jerkiness of the old fashioned wagon. As this is a regional train, I am not in a comfortable high speed intercity train. It is a train, just as it used to be as I remember from my childhood and in the time of my twenties, bringing back memories of the first trips on my own. Just like today..
So what happened? The Readiness for the unexpected doesn’t mean that something unexpected will necessarily happen.. Today it didn’t. What I did get was a peaceful day on my own, the joy of being on a trip, if just for a single day and the pleasure of seeing new surroundings.
Hallsberg is a town where I have often changed trains and I enjoyed seeing more of it than just the station on the way to somewhere else.
Sitting in a train, watching the landscape is a peaceful way of spending one’s time, an opportunity to reflect and get new perspectives, as if the trip allows to see your life from ”outside” or just taking a needed rest from daily life. And maybe that is also a sort of serendipity…
Coming back to Stockholm, the station looked the same. Yet something was different. My experience of change was all in me. The time passed, the new surroundings I saw, altered my life experience even if ever so little, just as a journey always does or daily life as well. The strong awareness of something being different, is, I believe, due to the fact that the trip was short enough not to be overwhelmed by impressions and long enough to make an impression.
One thing is for sure: This ”Serentrip” gave me the taste of again. It would be an excellent way of interrailing, combined with another dream of mine; to get on a night train and getting off the first station after waking up…
*) Playing with the word Serendipity. For the definition of the word, please see:
Serentripity, as I define it, is going on a trip with the sole aim of being available for the unexpected happenings of a trip.