The complete opposite

Trip Start Jan 22, 2010
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Trip End Feb 14, 2010


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Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Hong Kong airport is almost the complete opposite of India. It is logically and efficiently laid out; every clean washroom and gift shop resides exactly where the clear, ubiquitous maps say it should. The whole environment serves the purpose of preventing you from losing yourself.

There are lots of people here -- all the world's tongues and cultures whisper through the atmosphere, just like at the crypt in the Taj Mahal, except where that murmuring suggested connection and an almost physical bond with the past, here the ambient noise engulfs the voices, making them practically lifeless.

I love the free internet terminals and options to buy a shower and massage, but there is something unspeakably lonely about an airport, like we are all passing through a limbo where our souls have no place or essence.

Everything is clean surface over a place with no history -- this airport is built out of land reclaimed from the ocean, after all -- and in my mind there are associations with the Keat's epitaph "Here lies one whose name was writ in water."

I miss already the chance to lose myself that India offered. I miss the opportunity to discover the Beauty beneath the grim surface.

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Elspeth on

Perspective is everything.

RM on

Awesome! Your experience was very informative. Keep the work.

mbgower
mbgower on

Thanks for the feedback. I have a LOT more entries and photos to put up, and I plan on tackling them in the next couple of weeks. Some of the funniest, most wondrous things aren't on the site yet. Hope you stick around to read about them.

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