around the world – part 28.3 (lounges)

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June 6, 2008 by juniorannex

June 06 2008:

Airports are like gigantic elevators only with many more distractions.  Once inside you can’t really go anywhere, no-one smiles or makes eye contact as they shuttle rapidly between gates or out to waiting relatives.   Lounges are a subset of this culture.  Easily half of the denizens are talking on their mobiles, the remainder are munching snacks or reading all in splendid isolation from each other.   The senator lounge (which apparently did not make the world’s top ten) at munich airport is no exception.   While the cost of air travel has dropped, it is now simply  boring.   I alternate between bouts of people watching, reading and occasionally blogging. 

I am not complaining by any stretch of the imagination.  Had anyone predicted that I would in the midst of my career find myself travelling on a regular basis to Europe and beyond I would have been the first to scoff.  I am grateful always for the support of my wife and kids and the best thing about the travel is always the return home.

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Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron'scruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. C.S. Lewis

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