Thursday, November 24, 2011

To Home for Winter Vacation

Layover in Ataturk Airport, Turkey


My flight from Georgia to Missouri: Starting and ending on Thanksgiving, November 24. Because of the time difference, this one day is 32 hours long instead of the normal 24.

The first leg of my flight left at 5:20 in the morning; I arrived in St. Louis, MO, at approximately 7:30 p.m. Total trip time =  22 hours. This excludes the drive to the airport and waiting around til first flight left.

Istanbul's Ataturk Airport is a fascinating place to be. It reminds me of one of the original Star Wars movies where our heroes go into a bar that's filled with beings from all over the universe, with huge variances in how they look and behave.

A better descriptor is that the Ataturk Airport is just a modern-day version of a stop on the ancient Silk Road, where Europe, the Asias, and Africa intersected at a daily bazaar of color, language, clothing, food, drink, and custom.

Nothing remarkable happened on my trip home. Except, when one takes the time to think of it, it's pretty remarkable that this gigantically huge and heavy metallic artifact - an airplane - filled with humanity and cargo, is able to stay in the air and get us from Point A to Point B.

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