The Independent- When others get off the train to finally go home, Leonie Müller stays behind. That’s because she already is home. The train is her apartment, and she says she likes it that way.
The German college student gave up her apartment in spring. “It all started with a dispute I had with my landlord,” Müller told The Washington Post via e-mail. “I instantly decided I didn’t want to live there anymore — and then I realized: Actually, I didn’t want to live anywhere anymore.”
Instead, she bought a subscription that allows her to board every train in the country for free. Now, Müller washes her hair in the train bathroom and writes her college papers while traveling at a speed of up to 190 mph. She says that she enjoys the liberty she has experienced since she gave up her apartment. “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,” Müller said.
The 23-year-old’s unusual housing choice has gained her media attention in Germany and appeared on national news sites such as Spiegel Online. “I read, I write, I look out of the window and I meet nice people all the time. There’s always something to do on trains,” Müller told German TV station SWR in an interview. Since risking the move, Müller’s life fits into a small backpack in which she carries clothes, her tablet computer, college documents and a sanitary bag.
So far, her experience contradicts studies that have recently claimed that “long commutes are killing you.” And financially, she benefits from living on a train: The flat-rate ticket costs her about $380, whereas she had to pay about $450 for her previous apartment. However, living cheaper is not the only goal she has in mind.
“I want to inspire people to question their habits and the things they consider to be normal,” Müller told The Post. “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 frequently travels late at night, although she tries to sleep at the apartments of relatives or friends. Often, she is accommodated by her boyfriend, her mother or grandmother.
“Normally, we would have to have a long-distance relationship, but living on a train enables me to see him all the time,” Müller told German TV station SWR regarding her boyfriend. “Most of my friends really like the idea, although some consider it to be quite adventurous. Others, however, have reacted more negatively: They feel offended by the fact that I question the ordinary way of life and living.”
Living on a train is also supposed to have an academic purpose: Müller is documenting the unusual experiment on a blog. Her final undergraduate paper will be based on her experiences as a modern train-nomad. The only problem? “Possessing a headset that mutes most surrounding noises is crucial,” she said.
Lets get one thing abundantly clear. This bitch does not live in the trains 24/7. Shes not waking up, taking a pee when she gets up in a busy rail way car, Making breakfast on some hot plate in between isles, going to work and then coming home frustrated and popping on late night entertainment all week. She does this like one night and the rest of the days she’s bumming it at her parents house for half the week and her boyfriends place the other half and occasionally spends a casual Tuesday night on the late train because she has to get to work early anyways. To think otherwise is dumb.
No one on their right mind wants to live on the train. Theres a reason why homeless people live on public transportation. Its because they are not of sound mind and fucking poor. Is that what oyu want to be labeled and seen as? Well congrats Leonie, you’re room mates with homeless vagrants with piss covered pants and officially apart of the dregs of society. Don’t think you’re not in the same boat as them because you sleep at a window seat with some cushioning either. You get up in the middle of the night to take a piss? So does the toothless bum, the only difference is you got up 15 feet while the bum just peed where he slept. You’re a lower level of society because you decided you wanted to be an asshole about paying rent. If i were truly a homeless bum i would just mug this girl. You’re a homeless person who pays monthly $380 more dollars than a homeless person has seen in year. You don’t get to have money, nice things, a family, and still pretend you live on the subway with out getting mugged. Live by the streets, die by the streets.
P.s- I bet her boyfriend could care less about her spending the night in a train. He paid for the privilege of having a roof over his head and a sense of security at night. She wants to give that up? fine, fend for your self when the hobo starts masterbating in the corner when you sleep.