it meant so much to me to be able to capture the view in the first photo. this train bridge was a big part of my childhood, as was the river below it. it’s probably close to 100 years old, if it isn’t older than that already. my nanny & papaw, and my aunt & uncle would take my brother and i walking along this bridge almost every day. we swam in the river with my dogs every summer, by the land where the water shifts all the way up to the deepest part at the bottom of the train bridge. there was an accident on that bridge many, many years back where a train derailed and sank into the river. we would find coal in the sand and “graffiti” the concrete columns. the bridge was old and rickety, even back then, and obviously it’s even more so now—some 15, 20 years later. the wooden walkway and the railing are disintegrating, and the walkway is now covered in metal grate that’s bolted to the original wood. some places aren’t as secure and when the grate shifts, it makes the same noise as the big bird cage in jurassic park. there’s a couple of places where the wood is completely or almost completely missing, and some of the planks dip as you walk on them. it was terrifying, and my safety was definitely compromised. then, of course, i had to go to the blue bridge, which was another place i visited almost daily, to get the view from there. the blue bridge (i’m not sure of the actual name; it’s just always been the blue bridge to me) used to be the main way in and out of the holler, and the highway on the other side used to be the main road from one town to another. now the bridge is only accessible to trail riders and people on foot. it makes me miss the days i lived before, and sometimes i wish desperately for a time machine to travel back to those days and relive the days i took for granted. i hate the situation i’m in right now, but it sure does feel good to be home again.
my executive is so dysfunction
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no matter where we are or what we’re doing, as long as we’re together she’s smiling 🥺🤍
Breakfast is beautiful
I love this afternoon, when sunshine come and clear sky with wind flow in the ricefield. #countryside #naturephotography #nature #landscape #landscapephotography #ricefield #smoke #sky #bluesky #sunshine #afternoon #tree #photography #life #dayly #agam #minangkabau #westsumatera (at Desa Lungguk Muto - Bukittinggi) https://www.instagram.com/p/CddL_ipv_rq/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=
The village of Auxey-Duresses near Beaune.
me: *leaves small ass country village once for a trip to the city*
also me: *comes back to the village packed with various candles, books on tree species and witchcraft, lavender sprays, macramé knitting and a mini box of gems plus a new plant*
For people who love the French countryside, this is your moment!
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Tetsu Ota Michiko, 2 Man Kiro (Ep 6)
“There were days when I was so sick of the city air and socialising that I just couldn’t get off the train at the station I was supposed to alight, and before I knew it, I arrived at a far away, unknown station. Nothing’s there. It was a deserted station. I unconsciously wondered where I was then. But for some reason, that place really soothed me. My heart became light and fluffy. It made me want to try working hard again.”
Michiko Oganeku (Tina Tamashiro) goes to the popular tourist destination of Hakone but decides to explore the less touristy area of Hakone by visiting seemingly deserted train stations of Ohiradai and Tonosawa where she discovers a hidden cafe and met two unlikely people, her former schoolmate and a family of train enthusiasts (a mother and two sons).
This is my favourite episode thus far as there are parts that I feel meaningful and relatable. We get to know the reason why Michiko became a train enthusiast, which started when she was at the lowest point of her life, feeling lost and tired, that she accidentally end up in a far away train station she’s never been to before but somehow feels that she was where she needed to be.
It’s like the train brought her away from her troubled life, breaking away from her daily routine of work and life by taking a short break elsewhere for her to breathe and gather her thoughts. So ever since, she wanted to do more of such things which brings her peace, exploring deserted stations that are peaceful and quiet, going to places she’s never been to before to feel alive.
In this episode, she met her former schoolmate with her boyfriend and we could see that Michiko is momentarily taken aback as she did not expect to meet her there, much less, with a lover, while she’s there with her camera and feeling awkward and silly with her hobby of exploring train stations while everyone else like her friend succeeded in being normal and having relationships.
She excused herself and began walking along in a daze for a while wondering what she’s doing or where she’s going until she met a mother with her two children who are train enthusiasts like her and for a moment she felt “normal” again knowing that there are others like her who shares the same hobby and love for trains. Watching the happy children made her happy again as well.
Lessons Learnt :
When you feel tired, don’t quit life entirely but take a well deserved break as we’re only humans. There’s nothing shameful in taking breaks every now and then. Life is like going on a long road trip or marathon, you need to take quick breaks at the pit-stop for refueling before resuming your journey.
Sometimes we need to do things or go places we’ve never been to before to feel alive and expand our world. It doesn’t have to be as crazy as jumping out of a plane for skydiving but simply exploring places like finding a cafe we never knew existed in the other part of the town, like what Michiko is doing.
Surround yourself with like minded individuals, like Michiko and the mother of two who loves trains as much as her. Michiko felt awkward with her friend as she does not understand her obsession with trains but felt at ease with the mother of two and even feels rejuvenated talking about trains with her.
If you start asking questions like “What are you doing? Where are you going?” Don’t feel disheartened. Remember why you started in the first place. Remember what you set out to achieve when you first started. Don’t get distracted by other people’s achievements and success.
Keep moving forward. Doesn’t matter how slow as long as you keep moving. Michiko was in a dazed but she kept walking slowly, until she bumped into the mother of two. If she had stop and turned back, she would not have met the mother and have that conversation which reminded her of her love of trains.
This is a reason I love watching slice of life dramas where “nothing” happens. Not only do they make you feel relaxed watching the beautiful sceneries, following the protagonist exploring places but there are hidden life lessons as well.