To the extent that I have to travel, I love business lounges. I like the peace and quiet, the drinks, the comfy chairs, the clean restrooms, the drinks, the food, and in BA lounges the feeling that my granny is taking care of me, but then I love BA for that anyway. Swiss is efficient, LUFTHANSA is charmlessly efficient, and I always worry that an air-hostess will come out wearing leather and carrying a little whip, to ensure that all passengers adhere to protocol, whereas if you get onto a BA flight the air-hostess (they aren’t called that anymore are they?) will take one look at you, before you have even found your seat, and say ” it looks like you need a drink” and then bring you one. This happened to me after a grueling meeting in Buenos Aires and I still remember the lady with a smile. So If you have to travel, it is nice to have a haven of peace to retire to, and where you can work if you must, or watch movies on your IPAD, that works really well too.
Business lounges are also great places to people-watch and hone your nationality identification skills. It is fun to watch groups and try to figure where they come from. Some of my observations: there are nationalities whose members travel in baggy sweat-pants, regardless of their income level. I once saw a lady with very large pneumatic breasts, blond hair and very large lips, with suitcases from Louis Vuitton, flanked by 2 bodyguard type men, who was wearing a designer track-suit in a business lounge (no it still didn’t look stylish), there are nationalities whose members really like elongated shoes, with flat tips (the English, you can usually spot a British business man by his shoe shape), nationalities, where the men wear pink shirts, or lilac shirts, with aplomb (Italians or Spanish), nationalities where some of the top execs resemble perfect Barbie and perfect Ken. Hair, lips, make-up etc are perfect from 4am to 9pm, they pride themselves on needing no sleep, and hit the gym for an hour every day, regardless of the time-zone (I’ll let you guess that one) and then there are travelers who carry 3 Hermes shopping bags, some Gucci shopping bags and Louis Vuitton, back from their trips to Europe, also easy to guess. There is the group, usually hailing from the East, where the woman is slim, with tight clothes, lots of jewellery and make-up but despite having all the right accessories, she somehow still manages to look as though she only just escaped the village (I’m not sure why this is), and the man has on a tight T-shirt, a thick neck, and imposing, impossibly large biceps, a number of simple, inexpertly inked black or blue tattoos, often in the area of the hands, and tight stonewashed jeans. An interesting couple, you look at the mans buzz-cut (but not directly, you are not that brave), rough hewn face, sharp cheekbones and chilly blue eyes and are involuntarily grateful that you are not in a dark alley, just you and him. There are many more groups, if you fly Easy jet, or package tours back from Spain, you will know, every time I do it I swear I won’t fly those routes again…… And then of course there are the rare travelers, who despite traveling long distances still look great and un-disheveled. Going back to my last blog about women who dress well and just have that special something:
Case in point the ladies above. They were celebrating a business meeting with lattte macchiato in a business lounge (if you are curious which one check out the clue in the picture). There are no prizes for guessing where they are from, it’s just too easy…..