Sleeping at the airport

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Sleeping at the Airport Aug 20, 2009
With less than 10 hours between flights, I decided to save money and time by spending the night at the Airport. I wasn't the only one...

It was my first time, but some travellers seem pretty experienced. That night, I learned by watching them!

First, I tried to kill as much time as I could at the know fine dining and everything :) Read a lot. Spent a fortune surfing the web...sent emails to friends...left comments to a few TravBuddies :) Read some more. Called home. Walked around. Watched someone's purse which had been forgotten on a chair until the owner finally came back. Got something to drink. Read some more until the cafeteria closed. By that time I started getting tired. I could see others travellers starting to settle down for the night.

Experienced airport's sleepers were quick to find the best spots to lay for the night. The space under the escalators and stairway were the first spots to be taken... I later understood why these spots were the favorites, althought their proximity to constant mechanical noise. They avoided bright light as well as being constantly awaken up by cleaning staff sweeping or dusting around you, or even worst being hit by the vehicule meant to wash the floor!!!

For a few hours, my floor mat and sleeping bag became my most appreciated possessions. I had found myself a quiet corner between a window and the stairway rail. There, I managed to get about an hour of sleep with a shirt over my eyes until a cleaning lady started dusting around me. She was so cautious on doing a good job on my corner that I finally decided to move to another spot where many people had settle for the night. I figured that the cleaning staff would probably be less comfortable disturbing a dozen people at the time!

I finally got a few more hours of sleep. In between dreams, I saw that beside me a lady well in her sixties spent the night reading siting on her luggage cart. She didn't seem to be too comfortable. I felt so bad for her.

Around 4h30- 5h00 am the constant movement around me woke me up. People started to arrive for the early flights. I wanted to sleep some more. I had a very long day ahead of me... but, I couldn't sleep anymore. So, I got up, packed my things and went to get my backpack wrapped for the trip. When I came back to registration desk the line-up that was already pretty long.

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