The airport

“I go to seek a Great Perhaps.”

-François Rabelais

The airport; a port to the air, to thousands of feet up in the sky, to un-identical roads unmarked to the naked eye.

The airport; a port to surplus of destination possibilities, stones to be turned, the planet awaits.

The airport; an inconspicuous stop, full of packed lives and travel-sized ambitions.

The airport; a port to home, to a warm reunion, or perhaps to a dream gaining life.

The airport; drenched in tears of separation, in tight and head-spinning goodbye hugs.

The airport; echoing footsteps of joy, running towards the beloved.

The airport; overlooked for the sake of the destination.

Can a journey begin without a port?

As you might have guessed, I am writing from the airport. I am taking a vacation after 15 months. At the moment, a dooming gloom of sorrow surrounds me after saying goodbye to my partner. But a sunken part of me is on its way to the surface, bubbling with the thrill of reuniting with my best friends.

I am midst way to the UK. I didn’t do any prior research or planning for this trip, despite the fact that I have never been there.

Why? Because I want the shock, the confusion, the figuring-out, the strangeness, and familiarity to be a part of the experience. I want to dive into a new place and be swept by the currents.

That being said, is there anything you’d like to particularly read about or see pictures of? I also welcome and appreciate your suggestions of any must-do in the UK.

Also tell me, how do you feel about airports?

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  1. Where in the UK are you going and how long for?

    1. I am in London for about 10 days.

      1. I’d absolutely recommend a boat trip on the Thames from Westminster Pier. You get to see a lot of great sites. It’s right next to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben and also Westminster Abbey which are all worth a look. There’s a statue of Abe Lincoln in the little grassy area in between the two! From there walk up Whitehall, past ten Downing St in the left where the PM lives. A little further up on the right is a grassy area where King Charles the first was beheaded. On the left you have Horseguards parade where they hold the Trooping of the Colour every year.
        At the top of the road it opens into Trafalgar Sq. An interesting little fact is that all roads to London are measured to there!
        From Trafalgar Sq you can go left down the red road to Buckingham Palace. You’ll pass St James Park, a former leper colony on the left and Clarence House, former home of the QueenMother on the right.

        1. I’d also highly recommend watching the changing of the guard! It’s at 11am every other day at this time of year so look online to see what days.
          Back to Trafalgar Sq. The National Portrait Gallery is there as well as Nelson’s Column. When that was erected it was out at a height so that he could see the see from there – if he was alive of course!
          Behind here is Leicester Square which is right next to Piccadilly Circus and just across from Leicester Sq is Shaftesbury Ave which will take you into Covent Garden which has some of the quirkiest fun little shops and a TON of street entertainers. I highly recommend it ?

        2. My friend and I sat down last night and put these into a list and jotted them in our calendar. Thank you so much.

          1. Have fun!! I wish I could show you round myself, it’d be a blast!

  2. So happy for you, Em! Bon Voyage!!!! Have a wonderful trip! 🙂

    1. Thank you, I am planning on it:-)

  3. Have a great time there!

    1. Thanks x

  4. I imagine you’re arriving in London. My advice would be the natural history museum, the Tate modern and traditional, some gigs, then get out! See some villages, some countryside, the wye valley, York, Symonds Yat, the Shires, Some Cathedrals Hereford has the oldest Map in its cathedral called the mappa mundi. Go to Cornwall, explore the fowey estuary, the Eden project, get to the Lake District, drink some ales, meet some country folk in the Forest of Dean, enjoy it. I love it here but wrap up warm we’re having an ice age!

    1. Aww, thank you so much. Yes I am in London. I will add these to my list and try to check off as many as possible.

  5. Drop in to Worcester I’ll buy you a pint!

  6. Safe & fun travels, Em! I like airports but hate having to rush through them; I like to take my time. If you haven’t seen it yet, a great movie that features airports & England is _Love, Actually_. Good luck!

    1. Yes I have seen that movie. I hate rushing through airports as well. I like shopping and walking around. People watching in general.

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