are airports places?

have to admit i didn't expect the "sure airports are distinct locations" crew to come through so strong on this one

though maybe asserting that airports are places is an interesting way to draw attention to the ways in which they do actually differ from each other and how their homogeneity is externally imposed. anywhere can be a place if you try hard and believe in yourself

@aparrish I mean small airstrips and whatnot are places of course but guessing you don’t mean those

@aparrish airports are place. There's only one of them

@aparrish Off-topic(?): The former airport field Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin is now a recreational public park for walks, running, wind surfing, BBQing, etc.

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@aparrish they’re liminal places—those which only exist as the space in-between other places

@amydentata @aparrish I was going to comment with this, too. They're so intrinsically part of the travel that they almost qualify (to me) as a stationary vehicle.

@aparrish They're definitely not part of the place they're located.

Like, I've been in Auckland International Airport, but I would never say that I've been to New Zealand.

@aparrish International airports are weird because they include sections that are legally considered outside the country. And those sections often include hotels and other services targeted at travelers who otherwise couldn't (conveniently, anyway) enter the country. A guest I befriended at my hotel here in Bangalore booked a room at a transit hotel in Frankfurt to freshen up and get some sleep during a long layover, something I'll seriously consider doing next time I do a really long trip.

@aparrish I ride my road bike around the airport here sometimes. To get there from where I live you first have to ride through a big industrial district, which is kind of interesting. The airport itself isn't very interesting, but it is a 10-mile loop around the aptly named 'Perimeter Rd.' and often features very strong winds. Also there is little auto traffic and very few stop lights/signs, so it tends to be a place for hard, sustained efforts.

@pizza_pal @aparrish I very rarely travel by air, but I always thought it would be fun to ride my commuter bike there to catch a flight. I wonder if there is anywhere to lock it up?

@pizza_pal @aparrish I actually used to work at the airport, hauling boxes around. There are lots of parts that you don't see as a passenger. It's like a factory or warehouse or something.

@pizza_pal @aparrish It was a pretty miserable job, but in the morning I would drink coffee on top of the parking garage & watch planes take off.

ambient 1: thoughts on airports 

ambient 1: thoughts on airports 

@aparrish I want to talk to the "airports are fictional" crowd

@aparrish "Airport" is a term given to a collection of potentials that have made themselves far more linear and visible than most.

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