365 Writing Prompts: Stranger in a strange land
what’s your favorite part about visiting a new place–the food? The architecture? The people watching?
My first visit to London England was full of surprises, the first stop was the Heathrow Airport. The lounge was surrounded by shops, the candy shop, cosmetics,there were restaurants around, one was ,’Eat’, I watched the people working they were hard at work, not looking anywhere but their focus was on the customers. I could not picture myself in a place where all one does is ,’serve the customers’. It to me was too boring .
I bought a sandwich for myself and sat down on a bench, I made sure I could watch the people coming and going. It was delightful to watch people rushing to get the next flight, then there were others gingerly walking, I could see they were coming off a flight, their faces looked tired it must have been a long flight.
While watching them I thought someone in some corner must be thinking, where is this person going or where is she coming from? She is here for a while, I hope she is going somewhere. If I knew this is what the person in the corner thinking, I’d say, ‘Yes I too have a flight to catch my stopover is a long one.’
I suddenly remembered I have to buy some chocolates for my family at home, I rush to the nearest shop, there are so many varieties, I’m having a hard time selecting the chocolates. I look around and find a family looking for chocolates too, they picked up a box of chocolate, I looked and saw the name ‘Flakes’, I bought one and hurried to board the flight!
Thank you for this post about a stranger in a strange land (also a title of one of my favorites books by Robert Heinlein). I am like you, in that I do enjoy to watch people. That is, in fact, one thing I particularly remember about my time spent in the Amsterdam airport. There were so many people, from so many cultures, all sharing the same challenges of catching their flights, eating, sharing, and reaching their destinations.
All good wishes,
I also love watching people, isn’t it a lot of fun?
Yes, it is.
All good wishes,