Departure Day!

The first step on my seven month trip was by train to London and then a flight – firstly to Dubai, and then onto Singapore. I was determined to speak with the first people I sat next to on my train, as well as whoever checked in my bags at the airport.

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On my train were Mark and Mandy, American tourists from Michigan in the US. Mark works for the Justice Department and Mandy is a stay at home mom looking after their three kids; one of whom wants to be a soccer player; one a dolphin trainer; and one is too young to answer this kind of question.

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Arriving at London Gatwick Airport in the afternoon I was checked in by Lisa, who has worked at the airport for 28 years. (I wasn’t allowed to take photos here for security reasons.) 

‘I’d have travelled more when I was younger; got some work experience; and maybe not got married so young. Working here has been great; I’ve learnt key skills – and in particular the importance of a smile. This job (working on the check-in desk) is about knowing people. Some have saved up for years to make a big trip so you need to realise they might be nervous and ensure you are warm towards them.’

And, no, despite this feeling of goodwill I wasn’t upgraded to business class…



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