I (like many others on the net, I have discovered) have a soft spot for the opening of Love Actually where the characters are introduced as they go through the arrivals gate of an airport. While airports can sometimes feel soul-destroying, especially after you’ve been on a long haul flight, I do find the humanity at airports rather comforting. The arrivals gate is a place of joyful reunions. It’s fun watching the passengers exit, guessing where they’ve come from. And matching waiting friends and family to those walking out (recently I spent quite a while waiting at Sydney International near a priest in full Catholic garb). And departures is just as full of love with its tear-filled farewells. I suppose airports can also feel very lonely – what if you’re the business passenger stepping off a long flight to head straight back to work, passing alone through the happy reunitees? But to me they are places of anticipation, excitement and love.