Thank you for The Slow Boat to China and Express Trains


There are a lot of ways to get somewhere—if you know where you’re going (physically or emotionally).

If you are not quite sure where you are going, it doesn’t matter which form of transportation you take, it’s not going to bode well for your final destination.

I’m not really an express train sort of gal.

I like to look out the window, ponder a new environment, and experience the journey while I approach my final location in a gradual manner.

I also like to know exactly where I’m going before I leave to a new region—you know, in case I have to go to the bathroom when I get there or need a sandwich or something.

I also find that knowing the language is an essential part of going to an unfamiliar territory.

Taking an express train does not afford one the time to study the Rosetta Stone prior to arrival.

Now, a slow boat to China gives me plenty of time to figure out longitudes and latitudes and what I need to learn to arrive safely and capably.

While we do not always have the time to take a slow boat to China everywhere we go, I feel like it is preferable to at least choose a mode of transportation with which one is comfortable.

Express trains are scary. They make me feel out of control and I find myself wanting to get off and walk.

I find myself feeling claustrophobic on an express train, which causes me to talk too much to other passengers and get on their nerves to alleviate my own nervous energy.

Maybe, subconsciously, I am afraid that the train will crash and wreak devastation on my person. Maybe I think there will not be enough time to tuck and roll and land before the gravitational force of accelerated speed smashes me into unfamiliar bits that need to be swept off a track.

If a slow boat to China crashes, at least I have enough time to look around so I can plan where to land if I have to swim to shore.

Yeah, I’d rather be on a slow boat to China—just in case.








~ by leakelley on July 28, 2013.

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