On the 15th of July in 2016, I, Onel, and Ren left the quiet morning of Al Izdihar for a trip to one of the most modernized cities in the world known for its avant-garde architecture, colorful nightlife scene, and ultimate shopping experience: Dubai.
Since this is my as well as Onel’s first international travel, the excitement was silently uncontainable. Ren, on the other hand, has already been traveling across Asia and Europe. It felt comforting to have someone like him on board. This explains our being extra early birds that made me realize how the airport has become an absolute part of my life and how important its glass walls, vast arena, and ceiling until that day. I also noticed how much time we could actually spend on observing things that take place around us for the moment if we veer away from checking Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, or Twitter feed. Glad I did, primarily because I really wanted to make the most of the opportunity.
Airports do evoke two basic emotions for those who live in two countries like us, OFWs. It’s inevitable to feel sad each time we set foot on the entrance, to wish that each step inside means going home for vacation other than the usual fetching or dropping off someone. We were fortunate that happiness was our prevailing emotion at that moment obviously because this trip was for leisure. The three of us believe that in this day and age, traveling is a necessity.
Every cloud has a silver lining so does the three-hour airport purgatory we had to endure before entering the passenger boarding bridge.
Have you ever paid attention to that massive glass wall that overlooks the boundless runways and aircraft parades, the noisy agora, or the high ceiling at the airport?
If you haven’t, take time to do so. I have caught the unexpected festival of geometry, scenery, space, and the engineering wizardry behind them because I did. This amusing incident gave me one of my priceless travel moments and realizations.
I recently learned about the science behind the massive glass window. The panes that are wrenched into a compound curve, convex in the vertical plane and concave in the horizontal is a design intended for making it look more like a portal to a space warp than a mere window. The ceiling on the other hand is built with an imposingly scaled geometry fluttering overhead while the exposed steel grating ceiling shows off what it is made of. These are only some of the major engineering wizardry behind the airport’s structure. All for the purpose of providing passengers with that much needed distraction and entertainment to cope with the unavoidable airport purgatory.
Our gratitude to the people behind that science. Airports could have been real purgatories each time we travel if not because of them.
Did you have a particular experience that helped you cope with the hustle and bustle of the airport?
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