Mink Machine

Terminal man

I was recently sitting in Terminal 2 at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, reading Terminal man, the tale about Merhan Karimi Nasseri who has been living in Terminal 1 of CDG for 16 years. That’s right. Terminal 1, the horrible concrete saucer.

“Passengers are reminded to keep their personal baggage with them at all times.”

I’ve been to this airport a dozen times, I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again: CDG is hell on Earth! A dirty gray bunker with no food available. Why would a starving man buy a Lacoste handbag? We even tried to look for food on the other side of the building, but was promptly stopped by the guards. I pity the poor souls who have to work at this infernal place.

“Passengers are reminded to keep their personal baggage with them at all times.”

Aargh. It was a long night. Perhaps I should have talked to the Terminal man for some advice?

Charles de Gaulle Terminal one Welcome to Charles de Gaulle Terminal 1. You can check out anytime you like but you can never leave.

Update: Nasseri left the airport in 2006.

Comments

No comments yet.

Post a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Featured stories

Greetings from Moldova

"But Chisinau is an unexpected gem in the wilderness. Even though Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe, the capital has its fair share of impressive buildings and post-Soviet architecture."

Having champagne in Champagne

"We roamed the damp and chilly tunnels and stumbled upon a large barrel delivered by Napoleon himself."

New Years Eve in Sydney

"Opera House is seen in front of the massive fireworks in the harbor area, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Harbour Bridge."

Getting lost in Yazd

"Navigating on random while surrounded by staring old men, pointing their crooked fingers at the Godzilla Viking in surprise. It feels like I’m walking around in Mos Eisley."

Sessions in Seville

"I end my journey in front of the tomb of Columbus, located inside the world’s largest Gothic cathedral."

Alone in Kyoto

"I tried my best to sneak across the building, but the floor revealed me each time. I suppose I would make a lousy ninja."