The Airport Dinosaur

I guess when people get asked to talk about travel photographs, they likely to look at photos of beautiful landscapes or fun activities.

However, there’s one image from my travel that I’d like to share.  It’s not arty or fancy or anything like that.  It’s this:

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This is the T-Rex in Pittsburgh Airport.

There’s a common misconception about me that I don’t like travelling.  I don’t like the idea of travelling, because I find the whole thing about booking travel an annoyance.  Then you have all the faff at airports and for a while I got motion sickness on planes and trains and boats or really any form of transport where I wasn’t in control of where we were going.

I also used to travel all the time, so it was sometimes just to be at home.  When you travel with work and you’re away at least most of the week if not most weekends too, it’s easy to miss the simple things.  Even things such as walking round a super market or your favourite mug become a nice change.

The truth is, I actually quite like exploring other places.  As much as I love where I am, I’m not averse to wandering.  However, with me, it’s kinda more about who I’m with at the time.  For some reason, just as others are programmed to want to move around, I seem to be programmed to wanting to share experiences.

So what’s all this got to do with the T-Rex?

When I was travelling backwards to the US, Pittsburgh was where I stayed.  It became my second home and I love everything about the place.  Seeing the T-Rex where it was situated in the airport always served as a reminder to me that I was on my way to see friends, either in Pittsburgh or back at home.

I know this might sound strange, but it kind of marked the end of each bit of travelling that I hated.  It marked the end of the stressful outbound flight where I was worried that my luggage wouldn’t turn up or that I’d have forgotten something I needed for work, but it also marked the end of nearly three weeks where I hadn’t been able to go out with my friends because I was 6000 miles away.

So yeah, maybe not the most inspiration wanderlust image, but it meant something to me.

Now that she’s back in the atmosphere
With drops of Jupiter in her hair, hey, hey, hey
She acts like summer and walks like rain
Reminds me that there’s a time to change, hey, hey, hey
Since the return from her stay on the moon
She listens like spring and she talks like June, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey

But tell me, did you sail across the sun?
Did you make it to the Milky Way to see the lights all faded
And that heaven is overrated?

Tell me, did you fall for a shooting star–
One without a permanent scar?
And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there?

Now that she’s back from that soul vacation
Tracing her way through the constellation, hey, hey, hey (mmm)
She checks out Mozart while she does tae-bo
Reminds me that there’s room to grow, hey, hey, hey (yeah)

Now that she’s back in the atmosphere
I’m afraid that she might think of me as plain ol’ Jane
Told a story about a man who was too afraid to fly so he never did land

But tell me, did the wind sweep you off your feet?
Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day
And head back to the Milky Way?
And tell me, did Venus blow your mind?
Was it everything you wanted to find?
And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there?

Can you imagine no love, pride, deep-fried chicken?
Your best friend always sticking up for you even when I know you’re wrong
Can you imagine no first dance, freeze dried romance, five-hour phone conversation?
The best soy latte that you ever had and me

But tell me, did the wind sweep you off your feet?
Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day
And head back toward the Milky Way?

And tell me, did you sail across the sun?
Did you make it to the Milky Way to see the lights all faded
And that heaven is overrated?

And tell me, did you fall for a shooting star,
One without a permanent scar?
And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself?

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na

And did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day?
Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na
And did you fall for a shooting star, fall for a shooting star?
Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na
And now you’re lonely looking for yourself out there.

Drops Of Jupiter by Train

 

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