There is a prevailing feeling that the world is getting smaller, we can travel at high speed across the globe and can communicate with people thousands of miles away in an instant. With this though, we are increasingly removed from direct material connections. Two years ago I journeyed by train London to Saint Petersburg, passing through seven different borders to reach our destination. This land-based mode of transport enabled me to better understand how this part of Europe was joined together. The route I took is no longer in compete operation and other surface-based routes have been dwindling such as the ferry route between Harwich and Hamburg which ceased to operate. The UK is an island and I can’t help but feel if we were physically joined (as it once was) there would be a different cultural attitude towards mainland Europe.

Gravesend to Neumunster