in the sleeping land
Photography and Writing by: Michael O. Snyder
Published in: Roads & Kingdoms, Condé Nast Traveler China and Limbo Magazine
Story of a solo journey on the Trans Siberian Railway.
"Of the three interrogators, I like the fat one. He smiled when he brought me the apple that he stole from the kitchen yesterday. I figure that he is compassionate or interested. Or both. It doesn’t really matter. The one with his beret on too tight is yelling again. I can’t tell whether he is speaking in Russian or Ukrainian. Honestly, I am more occupied with the smell of the room. It has the faint odor of cat piss and wallpaper. It reminds me of my grandmother. It’s not entirely unpleasant.
I see that he has completed his inquest. I stand up straight, adjust my underwear flap for decency, and began explaining, not for the last time, why I am traveling without documentation and have been photographing military installations."