Posted by: txaggiechick | February 8, 2009

Airports… oh the joy

I know you’re all wondering to yourselves, just how is she going to stay focused on the Round is Not a Shape program while she’s gallivanting around the world? Well. Fear not devoted readers, I have a plan! And I might add it’s quite genius. However that’s not what this post is all about.

I love airports. They’re exciting and invigorating. I always feel like Jacques Cousteau in a modern day anthropological study. Where else can you sit and gluttonously people watch to your heart’s content? The airport is a bevy of activity where you are afforded the opportunity to make up stories about all of the comings and goings of the people for hours. It’s endless entertainment. In fact I just saw a maintenance man moonwalk across the walkway. I kid you not.

The airport even makes an excellent character all on its own. It certainly has its own drama. Did you know that the Austin Airport only contains eateries who are based in Texas? You won’t find a Starbucks there. Oh no. They also have live music most nights to greet weary travelers. The Frankfurt airport has the dubious privilege of being the absolute best place to get in a great workout. You can walk miles and miles and miles, well seemingly, and still not get to your gate. Oh and by the way go through 7 to 10 mobile security zones in the process. Talk about multiple sets of weight lifting and walking. 

Some airports, like St. Louis and Heathrow, even have their own museums. You can learn about dinosaurs and the early days of aviation while waiting for your flight. Other airports feature some great shopping (… and that’s all i have to say about that. ick). Of course my favorite shopping opportunity is Duty Free…. Thank goodness for international flights and some great opportunities to get duty free stuff. So any time anyone finds themselves stuck in an airport, realize it for the opportunity it is instead of a delay to the ultimate destination! Carpe Diem. You never know what you’re going to find.  So amongst the travellers, whether for vacation or business, the airport is a fascinating place to explore modern day man in its hectic, yet natural habitat.

And yes, there’s lots of times that I get lost in my own little comfort zone of working, listening to music, and observing the world around me. Off to see if I have time to get a massage before my flight. Ciao!


ps: Where else would you get to see me scatter dozens of books at the bookstore with a slight flick of the backpack?


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