I find train journeys very soothing. I sit in a window seat and put on my headphones and turn up the music and just look out at the scenery as the train speeds along. Long journeys with few stops are my favourite. Distant objects move so slowly to my eyes and I can observe them for as long as I need, puzzle out their formation and their purpose- buildings and hills and shapes whose meaning I cannot perceive.
But the things that are close to the train I cannot see. The people walking along are gone too fast, only a fleeting glimpse and then vanished, and that’s how I like it. Because if I can’t see them, they can’t see me.