Slow Travel in the Age of Speed: Crossing Siberia

Slow Travel in the Age of Speed: Crossing Siberia


I’m about to embark on one of the most
exciting journeys that you can go on via land I’m trying to get back to China to
continue learning Tai Chi with my master and I’m going to take the train the
journey starts in Bristol my hometown in England we take the train to mainland
Europe and to Russia a country unimaginably vast and for me
completely unknown from Moscow I take the iconic
trans-siberian railway I spend three nights on board before reaching the
depths of Siberia for an English man who starts panic buying socks if it snows
I wonder how communities survive when the average winter temperature is minus
25 degrees from Siberia I’m not sure the coronavirus has tragically killed
thousands in China but I bought on my visas and tickets before the outbreak my
Tai Chi master says he is safe where he is this may be the most stupid decision
I ever make but I can always turn back in a world where time has money spending
twelve days stuck in the metal box on wheels may seem like a crazy way to
travel but I think I might learn something by slowing down Hi Oksana, are you well what’s the
temperature of you at the moment – it is -8is a warm day is that right right what sort
of things could I expect from Siberia in February I guess I’m interested in the
sort of lives that people lead when it’s so cold we are warm inside our way of
life probably too cold to smile for us be prepared to get really cold okay
the challenge of what clothes to bring I could bring my Tai Chi clothes all right
11 months it’s not too bad be wise enjoy yourself take feedback
I’ll be sensible not gonna go into my death I will be flexible I’m sad to be leaving I’m sad to be
leaving my family and Bristol my friends but it also has been quite lonely it’s
just working by myself so I’m excited to try and get back to master gus if I
actually get there and to continue getting deeper into Taoism and Taichi
it’s obviously a great privilege and honor I’m really grateful for to be able
to do this and yeah we’ll see what we learn together here we go I’m excited it’s been months
in the planning I’m going back to China yes Brussels the center of European politics
and power Britain will no longer be part of that Club okay welcome to Germany so far a very
pleasant journey the Europeans do their trains very well Eurostar excellent very
quick suddenly I was in Brussels and people speaking French and now we’re on
the German trains I want to talk a little bit about deutsche bahn they are
the second biggest travel logistics company in the world I’ve just been
looking at their Wikipedia they have revenues of 40 billion dollars per year
in Britain we have a private rail network we had British Rail in 1992
something like that and it was privatized the French and the German
governments have both bought into Britain’s private rail networks – cross
country Arriva if you’re British as those trains
are actually run by the German government quite interesting it turns
out I’m actually a bit of a train nerd I kind of forgot about that
I look at quite a lot of train videos on YouTube so it’s quite enjoying it really
seeing how all the different countries do things okay let’s go for it so the train is more expensive and it’s
25 times slower than flying so it’s a bit of a crazy way to travel all the way
to the east and I certainly feel the pressure and our fast-paced society to
always be productive time as money but the reality is is that until we get
badass solar planes we all need to try and fly bit less if we are to avert
catastrophic climate change plus on the plane right what do you get you have
your ready meal you watch a low res film you have a snooze then you arrive. you don’t
get the sense for the scale of our planet
nor how the cultures and nature transforms on the journey so I’m gonna try out in this century-old
train line and who knows don’t know what we’re going to learn what we’re going to
find you may find that this is in fact the transportation of the future I hope you enjoyed this new series a lot
has changed since I left it’s taken me weeks to edit I’m safe but you’ll find
out what happens as the videos come out one piece of news I’m looking to hire a
video editor someone with experience who uses Final Cut Pro and we’re going to
make some cool videos together I also want to hire an animator if I get to
master goos I want to animate some Chinese stories so if your artistry
style matches the Chinese flowing style then there’s a link down in the
description below it wouldn’t be possible to hire people without the help
of the patreon thank you my aspiration for this channel is philosophy in nature
documentary quality videos free on YouTube so I’m not documentary quality
yet but I appreciate your support and making that possible give me a few years
ok the next video is me going from Warsaw to Moscow I will see you then

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71 thoughts on “Slow Travel in the Age of Speed: Crossing Siberia”

  • Walle Poljakow says:

    The DB's reputation in Germany is not very good right now. Everybody hates them. And the constant hate DB has to encounter has its plausible reason. The trains in Germany are never on time. They often break down etc. Awesome trip! It's a also a dream of mine!

  • ZengHuaXiansheng says:

    Please take care of yourself, George! Your videos are really awesome and Iโ€™m looking forward to seeing more! Maybe Iโ€™ll start practicing Wว”dฤng Tร ijรญqรบan this year, too! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • A brilliant way to see the world๐Ÿ‘Œ Enjoy the amazing adventure and beautiful scenery. I look forward to your forthcoming Tai Chi experience with Master Gu. Safe travels.

  • Zsuzsanna Spiry says:

    Looking forward to see the next chunk(s) of the trip! Great journey, great decision. Grateful for your initiative of sharing all with us. Enjoy!!!!! And be safe. Bless you!

  • Jonathan Smallwood says:

    Wow, this was unexpected! What a journey! Hope you make it to Master Gu. Despite being in Hubei province, I think the Wudang mountain would be a pretty good place to be during this moment of global panic

  • Great to see your new adventure starting to unfold!! Really looking forward to your next update & best of luck for your travels!! ๐Ÿš†๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  • Sebastian Dolezyczek says:

    Warsaw is my home city .Big and modern but there is a lot history to. Have look if you have time George.

  • BlueRay Abbas37 says:

    Dear George, peace be upon you.
    I think that, truly, this is the most sane decision you could have made, actually. Why is that…? Consciously you and I and many others know that enjoyment of life, prosperity, abundance itself, … are exclusively internal (enter-nal, in-turn-al) qualities. But it's evident that your subconscious is also aware of this and acting upon it.
    Well done, my friend. The wind is now at your back—and this benefits us all.
    This is a good video. I would gladly welcome others like it to come. Do your thing and be happy, dear one—and please continue with your videos/channel. You are leading the way beautifully.
    0010110 Love and Light

  • Good luck George, a journey and the people you meet is the ritchist thing in life you can expiriance, if your bored on the train research Viktor schauberger and his theories on water.

  • Amazing. Thank you for showing your journey. Iโ€™m am very much looking forward to more videos. Great job with all of your work so far. Stay safe, enjoy, learn and, I wish you success on this latest endeavor. Canโ€™t wait to see more of Master Gu too!

  • I am so excited to watch… granted I want to do the same thing so bad it almost hurts to watch, but I will transform that into inspiration, I hope!

  • Love where this channel is taking you. Thank you for sharing your wonderful videos and spiritual journey with us as well as this journey (which is a childhood dream of mine).

  • My Little Thought Tree says:

    I know it's a strange thing to ask, and I hope it doesn't come across rude, but when you're next in England again, would you mind if we met so I could interview you or just record a discussion about Taoism in english life? As well as just you're overall experiences of China since your first journey there. I've been a fan of your channel since your first videos in China, I've wanted to something similar myself ever since then and I'm still yet to dare. More generally, I always love listening to and learning from other people and I think what you've done with your life so far is a fascinating inspiration.

    I know it's weird and it might not be for you, but let me know.

  • love your videos. Your youthful enthusiasm makes me feel young myself again. The risk of travel during the virus is a risk you are willing to take for yourself. But have you considered your teacher? He is isolated away from the virus. You will be exposing him to the risk of you carrying the virus right to him before you even know if you are carrying it or not. Best wishes to you and your teacher.

  • Not sure if you mentioned it before but how did Master Gu enquire such fluency in English though? It left me curious~

  • mohamed amine Chilah says:

    I love your new video! it looks some how more energetic.. However, it takes some serious b**ls to go back Wuhan in this times but people their absolutely need people like you who can come and societize with them again so that slow mantal and physical health can recover. Hands down bro! I will stay in touch ๐Ÿ‘

  • Petter the Viking says:

    Fantastic video, George! Can't wait to follow your series. It was extremely nice meeting and having some days with you in Seoul. Good luck on your journey and hopefully someday we'll meet again! ๐Ÿ˜

  • BTW Thanks…. for letting us live posthumously though your adventures and travels. Be at one with every moment and paint your life's picture with each flowing stroke. Say HI to Master Gu for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Good luck to you, George. Please remember to exercise caution when meeting people in China. Good luck in your spiritual journey. ๐Ÿ˜„

  • Ishaan Horwith says:

    I know you probably wont respond but your such an inspiration and I love your content, keep up the good work:)

  • MyFrenchfoodtruck says:

    Glad to follow you on your amazing journey i always wanted to go from france to Singapore by train but never had the occasion and im feel so guilty to take the plane once again to go to indonesia. So im really hope to do that someday. Thank you for the trip and i cant wait to see the next videos

  • There is a German proverb "Der Weg ist das Ziel.", which means the way is the goal, meaning the journey is the reward. We just forgot that it is not always the destination that matters, but the journey itself. In the past this was clear, but in this fast paste society we live in currently, this knowledge has been forgotten.
    Just remember that people still talk about Goethe's Italian Journey, the impressions he got on the way, how it influenced his work and not about Goethe's Italian Destination.
    Enjoy your adventure ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Wow! This is so cool. I would love to travel but indeed flying everywhere really does damage to the planet. On the other hand traveling by train isn't that familiar to me, so I hope this video series brings light to how traveling long distances in a train really is like. Who knows maybe some day I will be traveling in a train trought Russia all the way to Asia. That is a dream of mine at least.

  • I am very excited to see your journey! Iv always enjoyed your videos. Very authentic and peaceful. You title of this video also suits your genre ๐Ÿ˜Š canโ€™t wait for the next video โ˜บ๏ธ

  • Shalva Abraham says:

    Hoped you might like this quotation to accompany you on your journey. Thank you for all that you share with us.
    "At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
    Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
    But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
    Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
    Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
    There would be no dance, and there is only the dance."

    T.S. Eliot

  • Return 2 Innocence says:

    I really want to do this ๐Ÿš† journey one day, much better to travel slow and take in all the scenery ๐Ÿž๏ธ looking forward to more videos โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ž

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