Travel Photo Essay: Overnight in a Third World (yet First Class, SERIOUSLY) Airport

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 0 Comments

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Travel Photo Essay: Overnight in a Third World (yet First Class, SERIOUSLY!) Airport

Have you guys read the Aleph by Paulo Coelho? Read this and immediately, even before ending the book, I knew I wanted to do a Trans-Siberian Railway adventure in this lifetime. I don’t know how or when yet, but hopefully this online space manages to survive and wait for me to share it. LOL So for now, the “unlikely closest” thing I can get to doing this kind of adventure is an overnight session in a third world yet first class airport, the New Delhi International Airport in India. Just like Aleph, this story has so many idiosyncrasies in it; it’s almost one for the books, yes.
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There comes a time in any traveler’s life that he should at least experience an overnight experience in an airport. A simple 1-hour stopover shouldn’t count, and no, working in an airport shouldn’t count either. I’m taking about the blockbuster half-day to whole day hassle, to a point of no return, where there doesn’t seem to have an end to everything. Having this experience adds more patience and passion to one’s growing list of wanderlust.
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India is one of the very few places that I’ve been to that has a lot of peculiarities that are quite interesting, even if you’re too exposed to Asian culture and Third World ideas (imagine if you come from the bigger cities elsewhere – yeah, much more overwhelming). The airport is big and beautiful, the people are chatty, and the foods are curried, but the big thing here – sleeping lounges and hubs for people! Yes, different areas, different types, but this place clearly encourages these kinds of undertakings.

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I’ve managed to bend my brittle back to slither along the chairs for some intermittent five-hour nap. Seeing in front of me are people, young and old enough to be my grandparents, doing the same thing. People are doing their own thing, with different stories and frameworks to work on. Some with books, some with blankets, others with booze. For myself, I had my looped song playing, while reading an e-book of Aleph by Paulo Coelho.
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Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 51 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the limits of after-office hours and vacation leaves.

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