Stories from a train

Posted by Claudia Moser on 8:07 AM
Each morning and each evening I go by train from Oberursel Stierstadt to Bad Homburg, most of the days at the same time. With the 7.29 train in the morning and with the 17.54 train in the evening. The way home is rather a path to deconnect, to leave work behind and enjoy the evening. But the morning one ... That is another story and that is what I'd like to record.

Having the same train each day allows me to watch almost the same people behave, react and sometimes interact. There are a lot of stories: the young guy deeply madly in love, the junior working in the City, the young 'rabbit', the older lady working in the train, the young high schoolboy ...

But for me the most fascinating one is the elevator battle story :)



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