Physical Journey Essay

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Here I am waiting on platform one at Central Station, with the continued voice of the station announcer mingled with the laughter of small children nearby, the roar of traffic outside and the aromas of the various fast food outlets in the cathedral like departure hall. I see a young mother trying to control her two young children as they venture too close to the rail track, an elderly man is sitting on the bench, intently reading the newspaper while sipping his hot beverage. Other couples are engaging in passionate embraces. And a young girl looking very nervous is left alone.This is one of the hardest things I have had to do in my life. It is a new beginning, and yet I feel it is an end. I ...view middle of the document...

The dreary landscape mirrors my sullen feelings. We journey on and I keep myself amused glancing aimlessly over magazines and travel guides. I manage to slowly drift off to sleep. And am woken by the sun peering through the window. The time has passed surprisingly quickly. We have arrived in the countryside. The sun shines over the green rolling hills, and I can see animals grazing under the magnificent blue sky. This change of scenery lifts my mood.A stranger suddenly opens the door to my compartment. I am startled but in some way relieved to have a companion on the long journey. We initiate conversation and I discover that we have similar hobbies and interests and that he is attending the same university as me. This makes me a little excited as I am attracted by his friendly smile and sparkling eyes. My thoughts are now absorbed with this new handsome gentleman.The hours pass by as we continue to share our life experiences and stories I feel at ease with him. Suddenly we are plunged into blackness as the train comes to a screeching halt. I become scared, and grasp onto Stuart for reassurance. I cannot see as the lighting has gone out but I can make out Stuart's features from the bright moonlight shining down at us. We are jarred out of our seats and unaware as to what is happening. My mind is filled with thoughts as to what has hindered our trip. Stuart comforts me and tells me that we will be moving soon.We can hear the distant shouting of the...

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