Getting There - Aneel's Travelogue

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Universal Airport San Salvador, El Salvador, Saturday, 28 June 2008 8:49am

I know it's been remarked on before, but I'm struck by the sameness of airports. The walk between gates here triggered deja vu from the similar walk in the Taipei airport. The corridor could have been transported from one to the other with just a change of the language of the ads.

Maybe it's a sameness in me, not in the airports. I feel like there's something about transit that creates a separation between the traveler and the world. The traveler doesn't feel a sense of place, because he knows he's about to leave it, so airports have an alien, unlocated feeling. Or maybe they're just alien and unlocated. Or maybe I'm just exhausted.

My plane change went smoothly, perhaps because the departure time of my second flight changed. How close to the flight can they change the schedule and still call the flight "On Time"?