With my work, I get to travel to different places. Not all the time. But every now and then.
Sometimes I get to travel to a town somewhere not so far away. If that is the case, I go by car. But when I travel somewhere further, I take the train.
Yet, as long as I travel in Germany, it´s somehow different. Not as interesting.
But whenever I get to travel to different place, something changes.
Every time I get a chance to travel by myself, I prefer to take public transportation. So there I sit in the bus, the tube, the train and enjoy the ride.
I remember when I was little, I’d prefer a seat near the window. That way I could look outside. But now I find myself sitting at different seats. And I don’t watch the outside, but the inside. I watch the people, who are travelling with me.
And I wonder where they are going to, what they think during the ride, if they might be watching other’s as well.
I love it. Through watching them during an everyday time span, I somehow become part of their say and they become part of mine.
What I find particularly exciting is when our eyes meet, because they also were observing others.
In the past I would always look away fast, pretending that I wasn’t observing, but by chance looked tlat them at the same time as they looked at me.
But now I find myself keeping up the eye contact, smiling, maybe even nodding my head. And I get the same back.
And on rare occasions (really depending which country I’m at) even a conversation starts. The observing becomes an interaction.
I think I will do more observing in my daily life as well.