Are you asleep?

2nd of March 2007 – 4th night on the Trans Mongolian train

“Are you asleep?” ~Gina
“I have pretended to be dead since 1 am, but I am still alive, still awake.” ~Lawrence

I had pretended to be dead since 1 am, but at 2.36am in the night I was still alive, still awake. I reached for my mp3 player, as, unfortunately, there wasn’t a Lawrence available but J., my roommate asks me if I am awake, he couldn’t sleep either. We were completely awake in the middle of the night, in a train crossing through Siberia, a full moon lighting up the snow.

In stead of moaning about it we opened the curtains.
“You know those hundreds and hundreds of miles of silver birch trees we have seen until now?” J. said.
“Yes?” I said.
“Now we can see them in moonlight.”
“It’s so great” I laughed.
“Think about all the others in this train, they are missing this you know” he went on.
“We are incredibly lucky to be awake at this time” I said.
“Tea?” he asked.
“Tea would be perfect” I said.

And he made tea. And we started to work ourselves through our huge stock of sweets, cakes, peanuts and chocolate. Not that that made us feel more sleepy, but it tasted good with the tea. We were waiting for the next stop, to go out and get some fresh air and freeze our butts off, to then be knocked out by the warmth when returning to our compartment.

I guess it’s the total lack of physical activity and the general laziness in the train that is causing this temporary state of insomnia. It doesn’t matter, it was nice to have tea and to watch the moon and the silver birchtrees. It’s not a bad place to be this train. Not a bad place at all.