The rhythm of the train's tracks is a constant, reassuring sound that lulls me into a sense of peace. There's something magical about train travel that allows me to find a respite from the chaos of daily life. It's a rare opportunity to simply be in the moment, without worrying about the endless tasks and demands that fill my days.
The serene atmosphere on the train is like stepping into the Midnight Library, a quiet refuge where I can escape the hustle and bustle of life. I'm able to let my mind wander, and the passing scenery often triggers memories that have been long forgotten. The sound of the train becomes a soothing white noise, and I'm able to sink into my thoughts without distraction.
As I gaze out the window at the passing hills, bridges, and towns, forgotten memories and thoughts seem to surface on their own.
It's a strange sensation to feel so lost in time and space that I forget where I am or how long I've been on the train. But it's in those moments that I feel most at ease, as if I'm tapping into a deeper part of myself that's not weighed down by the countless reminiscences.
"Next station is Yongsan, Yongsan. The exit is on your right side."
When the announcement for Yongsan station finally pulls me back to reality, I'm surprised to see that three hours have passed in what felt like a mere moment. But I'm grateful for the experience, for the chance to escape and reconnect with myself. It's a reminder that in the midst of a hectic world, it's essential to take a step back and find moments of stillness.
After emerging from the sea of recollections, I feel a renewed sense of energy and enthusiasm, much like my past self.
This is why train travel has always held a special place in my heart.