Breakfast at the Airport

There is something luxurious about the Cathay Pacific lounge at the Hong Kong International Airport.  After making your way through immigration,  turn left and there sits the entrance to the lounge.  You are greeted by an electric blue wall.  To your right are huge windows through which you see the jet ways and runways.  In my first days of Asia travel I  would land at the old Kai Tak Airport that was in the middle of the bustling city.  One  landing  strip jutted out into Victoria Harbor – close enough to buildings that you could actually see into them.  It was considered the 6th most difficult and dangerous airport in the world and closed in 1998.  For 10 years I traveled back and forth 3-4 times a year for 2-3 weeks and on one rare occasion was invited into the cockpit of a 747 for the landing.  it was an experience and  I wish I had captured the moment with a photograph.  The memory stays – it was thrilling and an impossibility in today’s regulated world.

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