In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Inside the Bubble.”
Today’s prompt requires to imagine you are put into quarantine for a whole month. I am not sure I would appreciate a whole month on board a same Russian train without any stops en route – but Russian trains are the place where I have seen the hugest contrast in time perception: you expect you will get bored, it turns out that time flies.
The longest journey I have done in one go took me from Khabarovsk in the Russian Far-East to Severobaikalsk in the North of Baikal lake, a journey that takes 2 days and 10 hours.
On Russian trains, you travel in your pyjamas. You get a couch, a mattress, a pillow, sheets and blankets, with a little table at the side. Each train coach has a samovar that provides hot water to make tea. And there is a window at each side, that opens up to endless landscapes.
Sometimes I don’t need more.