Uncontainable was the excitement. Telepathically were the sentiments shared between my brother and me. Antsy was our maneuvering as we found our way to the gate. Insufferable was the time that passed while awaiting our direction to board. I’ve always loved and had a fascination with airports. One place that had the ability to take you anywhere in the world. People pass each other but for a moment in their lives before being whisked off to destinations near and far. Magical places airports are. Heightened security has depleted some of the treasures held in airports – the surprise awaiting passengers from friends and family when they deplane, the coming together of loved ones during a lengthy layover – but the magic is still there.
Here’s one of my favorites. I traveled through Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU) numerous times as an undergraduate student at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. However, it didn’t look like this during that time. The open design, the seamless decorative cohesion of glass, wood and metal, the contemporary designs that simultaneously pay homage to a time long ago . . . the new RDU is the perfect backdrop for such a magical place.