Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Trans Siberian Railroad

(Picture from here.)

My mother died about six years ago.

Opal was a particularly interesting woman who was unfazed at being out of step with the rest of the world. In her early seventies she organized for herself a trip to Hong Kong. Once there, she decided she didn't want to deal with jet lag-- it would interfere with her plans-- so she kept to Missouri time. Hong Kong is 13 hours ahead of Missouri. So she would get up at 3 AM HK time and go to be about 3 in the afternoon-- not perfectly on Missouri time but not all that far off, either.

What she found was that many HK residents and businesses that were not tourist oriented got up about that time so she saw a side of Hong Kong life denied to those of us trying to adhere to our view of local time. She made many friends. Since no one expected an elderly American woman to keep to their time, she was made welcome.

One of her desires was to cross Russia by train on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

She didn't get there.

Had she lived, she might have been able to at least transit Russia vicariously on this site.

Maybe there's internet in the after life.

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