If I could, I would turn round the world in a carriage. It’s weird but considering I have been for a thousand years a train commuter, it seems like the last straw. Yet, in spite of everything, I think that seeing the world from the carriage of a train is extremely fascinating. Perhaps you do every day, or nearly so, when the train takes you to acquire a sort of “resilience” (as the psychologists say), the ability to withstand the shocks of life that makes you invincible in the face of adversity. Who is or has been commuting on trains has an edge over the others. It’s hard to peel.
But this daily struggle of the commuter has a positive side after all: if the pendulum is also a traveler and there is not too much money to spend, and still loves to see the mutant landscape out of the window, he or she can take any train from any part of the world (almost) without any difficulty adapting. That is because the worst is over. Now it can only be an upgrade. I took trains in Indonesia, Morocco, Vietnam, Russia: no problem.
On the contrary: I also have some advice to give. I happened to share the berth of a Vietnamese night train with a pair of Germans from the top of my upgrade. I felt sorry for them. So, for those who decide to deal with a quantum leap in so many ways and spend (not always, but often) less than flying and seeing the world (literally) from a window, I highly recommend the site www. seat61 . com invented by a (brilliant) commuter in disguise.