one day at a time

day 134: reading

reading © Verena Fischer

reading © Verena Fischer

Traveling means waiting. Killing time, reading, listening to music, eating, just so that the time passes. This man reads while waiting for the train. I took pictures of him while waiting for the train. For Christmas my family usually meets at my mum’s place in Chemnitz, where we all used to live. Only my mum lives there now and like most people who left Chemnitz, the rest of us have no plan of returning to this town. I don’t really know how it is now, but when I lived here it seemed as if there was nothing. Province. Even the gothic parties I used to go to were quite provincial in tastes. It’s as if the rest of the world moved a bit faster and had a better taste in music too. Every year we still come back, although we don’t do the old stuff anymore. We don’t go to the same parties, we don’t necessarily meet with the same people and when we do it’s sometimes shocking. Last year I ran into an old friend of mine at a party and was shocked that I ever considered him a friend. I don’t think he changed much. I changed. And that’s generally what going away does to you. It changes you and when you come back everything seems odd, precisely because it all stayed the same.

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4 responses

  1. Interesting, so you (or we all) move to another place and this change you. But I think, and I could be wrong, this changing was already somehow inside you. Having changed the place only reveals your true yourself. And people change in the time as well, maybe another change of place in future will reveal another aspect of you. And beautiful photo, well done.
    robert
    PS: please do not take it too seriously, it is just my thinking…

    December 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm

  2. Interesting thoughts about the ‘going home’ experience.

    December 26, 2011 at 5:48 pm

  3. I like the photo in this post! Interesting post about change…I have felt the same way when I run into folks from earlier days.

    December 26, 2011 at 8:49 pm

  4. This shot would make any wait well worth it, Ms. F…
    I love it.

    December 29, 2011 at 3:02 am

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