Leonie Müller, a 23-year-old German college student, has given up her apartment to live on trains. The move saves her a mere $70 on rent and she has to wash her hair in train bathrooms, but she’s happier than ever. “I really feel at home on trains, and can visit so many more friends and cities. It’s like being on vacation all the time,” she tells the Washington Post.
Müller explains to the Post that she first started riding the rails after getting into a disagreement with the landlord of her old apartment. “I instantly decided I didn’t want to live there anymore—and then I realized: Actually, I didn’t want to live anywhere anymore,” she says.
She then bought a flat-rate ticket that allows her to board any train in Germany. Now, she lives on trains full-time. “I read, I write, I look out of the window and I meet nice people all the time,” she describes. “There’s always something to do on trains.”
Yeah, but there are also things you can’t do on trains—like shut the door to your private bedroom or use a toilet that someone hasn’t done heroin in. Those things considered, Müller is still enjoying herself and encourages others to do the same.
“I want to inspire people to question their habits and the things they consider to be normal,” she says. “There are always more opportunities than one thinks there are. The next adventure is waiting just around the corner—provided that you want to find it.”
Müller’s lifestyle—while completely unappealing to SOME of us (me)—isn’t hurting anyone and it’s nice seeing people find ways to make themselves happy. And, speaking of happy, I’m sure there are plenty of people forced to live on trains who’d LOVE it if their next adventure didn’t involve sleeping on public transit and living out of a bindle.
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