White landscape masses of snow trucks and cars who where driving on frozen rivers because no road at all to see when I was looking out of the train window. Chatting here and there smoking cigarettes and exercising to eat nuts with chopsticks to learn it before arriving in China. After few days I become professional in the use of the chopsticks in comparison from my lesson start where more nuts on the floor then in my mouth. The Chinese travelers where looking on me with a smile and where given some comments who I did not understand but I always answered with a thumb up sign and a friendly smiling head banging.
One day I think it was the 4th or 5th I get invited in a cabin from a Kirghiz to visit his cabin. His wife and him were offering me vodka and between the classes fresh apples and oranges. First time in my life I had to drink this kind of hard alcohol. The nice guy told me he made the vodka by himself talking about Mongolia and he invited me for hunting on horses with bow and arrow. He was explaining me about Mongolia how beautiful is to live under the stars in a tent, go for hunting drinking tea and so on. I was surprised that I could understand him so well. May be the spirit of the vodka was helping me to understand each other. Somehow I woke up next morning in my cabin with no idea how I came. My head felt quite heavy and everything was foggy and I could not see very well. The other travelers where looking at me like I was somebody from the Mars. When I was moving my head the world around me was starting to turn. Still my clothes on from the day before I was standing up and tried to leave the cabin and was running straight against the cabin door who was half from class. Like I said everything was looking foggy and I did not see well because of the self made vodka. On the to the washing room I was rebounding from left to right from wall to wall. Now I understood very well the sentence: „alcohol can make blind“ After this experience I was avoiding for a long long time vodka and never tried any self made alcohol. The small Kirghiz birthday party took me the hole day of recovering means I lost one day of my life. But now only two days left to enter China where I want to find a real Kung Fu master. But in the moment of the hang over I just was searching for get rid of the headache.
The timetable on the transsibirian train was quite boring waking up, morning queue at washing room, queue train at the train restaurant, take any chicken menue, talking with body language to the people mixed up with some words, walking up and down saying hello to the passengers, look out of the window to see white winter landscape who passing by, changing the clock every few hours, smoking cigarettes between the cabins with exchange of western cigarettes to russian ones who always brought me to cough, rest and read a book, sleeping, wake up because of snoring neighbours.
This all in a daily similar rythm. After days you know more or less by face all the passengers because of walking up and down the train. Ounce in a while you get invited by get pulled in a cabin for sharing fruits, drinks or any kind of food, the sound of the train rails was like a never ending ruminant frequence to help you to relax during day time and night time, tschagung ratata tschagung tschagung ratata……..still in my mind when start thinking about my journey, 7 days and night for 180 hours…tschagung ratata tschagung….at that time I was saying it is like brain washing today I would say it is like a mediation sound….
Everybody knows more or less to drink enough per day. The most patients who are coming in my clinic mostly answering:“ yes I´m at least drinking 2-3 liter a day“. But the most do not really understanding why. If you know some facts about water and live you will have some better understanding and to drink water will not only be a mechanical act.
The list will show you the facts about water in % within the human body:
- brain > 73 %
- lung > 83 %
- teeth > 10 %
- heart > 73 %
- muscles > 79 %
- blood > 60 %
With this numbers it should be quite clear why the daily amount of water you taken should be at least 2 liters. You can say the water is like a transporter. The blood by itself is a mix of water with some cellular properties. All the intake of good food, minerals, vitamins etc. are not very helpful if it can´t transported to the place where its needed. And like you see at the above list how essential water is for the human. Is the percentage of water lowering down in the human body the hole functions will be reduced. The power of muscles, the brain function > concentration, focus etc. will be influenced by drinking to less.
I think with this information to quench the thirst is becoming more joy because you increasing your liife by keeping the bodily function up. Life and water a pair who belongs together. I for my self starting the day with a class room temperature water and I´m doing the same before going to bed.