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Summer vacation’s over, and nothing says “back to school” like a colorful trainload of anthropomorphic animals. This merry crew of vaguely familiar characters can be found adorning the wall of a school in Pingyao, China. At least, it looks like a school…or maybe a day-care center…or perhaps the person who owns the building simply likes trains and cartoons, not necessarily in that order.

Anyhow, this train, like all other trains gracing the banner of Frederation, runs on subjective time.  I’m sure you’ll agree that time flows subjectively inside a classroom like nowhere else.

The original image can be found on the blog of Dr. Lisa Schrenk, who teaches Architecture and Visual Arts at Norwich University. Her collection of travel photos at is a great place to lose yourself on a rainy afternoon.


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