On the way back from Brussels, we got to pop into the Aer
Lingus airport lounge. I was the rookie on this press trip, so it was my first
time in one. I didn’t really know what happened in them: they barely registered
on my radar. They were a mysterious land where David Beckham would kill a bit
of time before his Concorde flight.
“Be cool” I thought to myself as we were ushered in. All the
other writers were clearly used to them, as they scattered in search of wifi and
I didn’t want to expose myself as a Poor Ass Sally, but I
quickly noticed that everything seemed to be free. And it was! There was a bar,
people, a bar! A fridge full of Leffe, a selection of wines, and a little row
of spirits! A coffee machine, soft drinks, fruit and cake. Unfortunately, I
really didn’t want to drink. I was about to get on a plane, and we’d had wine
at lunch. I had a flight and a long train ride ahead of me. But the coffee was
There were comfy seats, free internet and newspapers around
the place. It was a taste of the life that I could have had, if only I’d have
gotten a real job . My hair would be shiny and clean, my clothes would be
ironed and my skin would be clear. I would say “Yah, yah” more often, and I
wouldn’t eat KFC. That’s the kind of person I would be.
But being that person for half an hour was good enough for
me. I hate brushing my hair. And I hate ironing. And every so often, I do like
a KFC. There. I said it.
When I got back, I found out that using these lounges isn’t
as expensive as you might think. If you had 3 hours to kill, then it’s worth
thinking about it. You’ll have somewhere comfortable to sit, you can google
away, and eat cake. Three hours in the lounge at Dublin is €20, which seems to
be the average.
Just don’t get langers on the wine, and make a show of
yourself. Remember, you’re not that person any more. For these three hours, at
least, you’re the kind of girl who brushes your hair.
I'm an award-winning travel writer, who has written for the Irish Independent, Condé Nast Traveler, the Guardian, Lonely Planet and more. This blog was voted the Best Travel Blog in the IMAGE Blog Awards.