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Hub of emotions: airports

April 30, 2011 1 comment

Airports are such a hub of emotions.

Smiles. Hugs. Kisses. Flowers. Tears. Embrace.

We see on the news or on TV airport scenes. A pop star or football star arrives and thousands of fans crowd the airport with screams and signs. Survivors arriving home from disaster or crisis abroad to be greeted by hugs and tears. Olympians or heroes arriving back home with applauds of appreciation.

Back in those days, every time M and I go on holiday we would see family or friends waiting to pick up someone. We always joked that one of us should run outside first and pretend to be picking the other person up, because it is such a warm feeling to meet a familiar face as soon as you land in a country. Whenever you go travelling, who do you call or email or sms to notify them you have safely arrived?

I have shed many tears, joyful or sorrowful, at many different airports. For example, as a teenager I left a bunch of close high school friends at Auckland airport when our family moved to Sydney. Or after a two week holiday on my own in Tokyo, I cried when I had to leave because I loved this city so much. I have waited anxiously for a loved one because we haven’t seen each other for three weeks or two months on occasions, swearing every time that I wish we would never spend time apart like this again, because life is not the same without him. Also, sending my parents off after they came to visit me in London after I had left home, I cried all the way back on the train as well.

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Favourite award winning airport

March 18, 2011 2 comments

Well since I’ve travelled to nearly 40 countries and over 170 cities across the globe, I have been to a hell of a lot of airports. For example, at Stockholm Skavsta Airport when the Ryanair staff checked us in there were no computers in sight at all, she just physically wrote our name on the prepared boarding passes.

I must mention Hong Kong’s International airport, since it is an award-winning airport with good amount of space, clear signage, top-notch staff, and most important of all, efficiency! The last thing you want is airport procedures causing any interruptions or delays to your journey. Many times, your luggage arrives at the baggage fall before you do and so you can just walk straight out.

Things I love about it:

  • You don’t have to pay for the trolley like you do at Sydney Kingston airport and they are lined up for you as soon as you get off the escalators;
  • There are no eye scans, fingerprints or body stripping procedures and immigration does not treat you as if you are a criminal on entry;
  • There are so many counters at immigration you usually don’t have to queue for more than a minute or two;
  • There are dedicated staff who turns the baggage round to make sure it is at the most convenient position to be picked up;
  • There are phones where you can make free local calls at the baggage claim area
  • Free wireless internet connection.

Tip on departure: If you want to get bottled water before you get on your flight, go to Mannings pharmacy and don’t get fooled by the piles of Evian stocked conveniently for tourists. Go to the counter and ask for Manning’s bottled water, they are four times cheaper than Evian and it tastes the same! Unless you are a Evian fan, then I won’t stop you. Note you can’t bring water on board if you are travelling to Australia though – ya annoying I know!