Sit back and get comfortable on Seat 22. This is going to be a journey you’ve never imagined!
For a very long time, I have been fascinated by videos and documentaries about travel and exploration mainly because of the sense of freedom and identity that they portray.
I recently interacted with Stanislas Giroux who traveled across three countries over a period of three weeks on the trans-Siberian railway. His video documentary, Seat 22, shows the journey from Moscow to Beijing that took Stanislas across some impressive landscape and of course, diverse cultures.
The journey in ‘Seat 22’, he says, has been the stepping stone for a brilliant once-in-a-lifetime journey. Looking at the varied sights and sounds he experienced, it is hard not to want to pack your bags and head out into the unknown!
The trans-Siberian railway has always held a close place in the hearts of many travelers, mainly because of the route it takes and also, how the journey is more than just a journey in a train. Most travelers relate to the multi-week journey as a time of inner reflection where they are disconnected from the rest of the world and are just traveling and exploring the world in the truest sense. (Read this brilliant account of Derek Low’s journey on the trans-Siberian railway).
Similar to the trans-Siberian railway, the Indian railways also offer such long journeys that should definitely be tried out, if for nothing but the experience of being on a train for such a long duration, traversing across vastly varying landscapes and cultures.