My companion sleeps. The car engine’s drone can barely be heard above the music from my iPod, filtered through the vehicle’s sound system. Around me, the vague shadows that make up the German countryside merge with the skyline as the sun disappears.
I keep an eye on the road ahead and flick my gaze at the mirrors. My cruise control guns the car at a steady speed and I nudge my indicator stalk to over take three tons of metal. The darkness is complete now and the asphalt ahead of me is lit only by my headlights. I watch the ground rush up at me, careful not to let it mesmerise me.
When in such a situation, there are only two sides to the universe: inside (the car) and outside – one huge conglomerate of otherness punctuated by a sole pin-prick of light which whizzes past. Everything that is out there, everything that may or may not exist in the blackness is but a brief blur.
I take control of the car once more as I aim it towards a road side stop. I am in as dire need of fuel as it is and my partner, ever tuned to her surroundings, surfaces from her inner world too. I park and we get out to sample the facilities on offer.
Before eating, I head off to the rest room, the blackness enveloping me as I trudge towards the separate entrance. I am startled by two things in here:
- As soon as I use the urinals, they light up.
- Only in Germany would you find a rating system that can prove which is the best toilet in the country.
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