Up in the air

I felt like such a cliché today.

I spent more time in London Heathrow and Aéroport International de Genève than at the meeting I flew to la Suisse for. Power dress, designer coat, oversized handbag and the all important BlackBerry – I was definitely a cliché today.

No George around though. Not at Giraffe for my first coffee, nor at Pret for my second. Geneva was no different – not a hint of a sexy corporate downsizer. I drown my disappointment (and get through the next 3 hours before my flight) at the airport Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar. I refuse the English menu and grammatically incorrectly order in French – the Gravalax (CHF 30) s’il vous plait.

Ryan Bingham didn’t hang out at airport restaurants – he was too savvy a traveller to waste a day on one meeting. The rest of us clearly have miles to go (yes, yes, intended). I look around as I sip the very forgettable Pinot Grigio (CHF 8). Airport bars and restaurants are designed for single travellers (single as in one, not as in non-couple). What a fantastic training ground to build one’s confidence about dining alone! Lovely single BB – here’s the answer to your email.

I don’t know anyone who would think twice about walking into an airport diner and ask for a Table for ONE. At the airport, the tables are small, menus simple, service inconspicuous and my reason for being there on my own perfectly acceptable. Nobody wonders why I am eating alone. Nobody cares that I hide behind my phone or magazine. No waiter asks me if I am waiting for someone before they can serve me. While more often than not all these apply at a “regular” restaurant too, why have I convinced myself that I am more comfortable at a bland airport eatery than in the real world?

I know why. You know why too. I’ve cocooned myself in a false sense of security that an airport’s antiseptic environment allows. What’s it going to take for this caterpillar to become a butterly? The jury’s still up in the air on this one…



Filed under Airport restaurant, Bar, Bar food, Geneva, Seafood

4 responses to “Up in the air

  1. Padmini

    The makings of a proper column – you write so well 🙂

  2. Priyankaa

    “airport’s antiseptic environment” – Tres Bon!

  3. what a brilliant writer indeed. There must be books in the family…

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