Trains in China are divided into two different sections: soft seats and hard seats. “The soft seats are usually where you find the richer, stiffer, better-educated people,” reports Charlotte Temple in DoubleTake magazine. “In the hard-seat section, it’s like a little village. Everyone is eating watermelon seeds, playing games, leaning out windows to buy from the dumpling sellers.” I bring this up, Gemini, because it’s an apt metaphor for the choice you now face. As you travel on to the next phase of your life, the soft seats would provide the greatest comfort, but the most interesting and educational events would unfold in the hard seats.
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