The season of illuminated squares passing through the landscape

Transport knows its seasons. The holiday season, for example, when peak traffic moves from workdays to weekends. Or the snow season, in which people have difficulties moving around on foot or by car. But there is also something that I would call the ‘dark season’.

On the northern hemisphere, the dark season starts in October. I usually feel a bit drowsy while cycling in the evenings in the first weeks after daylight saving time stops. As if I am wrapped up in a thick blanket that keeps information from reaching my senses. It takes me a while to get used to this change of scenes.

But, after a while, everything turns back to normal. I switch on my bike lights and cycle around like it is business as usual.

That was until one day I cycled along the railway track. When I looked at the horizon there was a sea of light breaking the darkness. A railway station. Only to be seen this way in the dark season.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It felt comforting, knowing that there is always light at the end of a dark railway line. I compared it with subways in which you can sometimes see the lights of the next station when the train is taking a bend.

I figured that in the dark season you are not travelling from location to location, you are travelling from light to light. And arriving at your destination can mean more of a relief than in the light season, when everything is more colourful but less black and white.

By the way, did you ever notice that, these days, trains look like a ribbon of illuminated squares passing through the landscape? Enjoy the rest of the dark season while it is still here!

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