North Melbourne Station is where country commuters from the Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong lines disembark to change to a metropolitan Loop service. On crisp mornings like today, I am usually greeted with a blast of cold air after emerging from my comfy country carriage as I travel up the escalator to Platform One. At the end of my working day in the city, I head down to Parliament Station and make the journey in reverse.
It is a place of transit, and I am usually here no more than a couple of minutes at the start and end of my day. Like @jobeaz, I while away my time waiting for my train by reading (a paper book rather than an iPad :)) or listening to music.
It was while I was trying to stay warm on the platform and reading blogs on my phone, that I stopped and looked around. I looked at the lights still on, the small groups of people on various platforms holding coffee and chatting, or listening to music with their hands jammed into pockets, heard the traffic from the nearby streets, and remembered seeing the beautiful hot air balloons over the Maribyrnong River. Even though I wasn’t being productive, I was taking time to appreciate where I was, rather than being somewhere else (usually in my headspace).
Then the train arrived and I thought “Great timing- I’m freezing my arse off here on this platform!”