I arrived today at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport several hours before my flight, because I caught a car ride today from Quebec City thanks to a very kind friend and colleague. Which means that I have been enjoying several hours of quiet time, just me and my trusty MacBook, with no interruptions.

Fortunately this is one of those civilized airports where they don’t loudly blast TV shows into every corner. As they wait for their flights, people are speaking in hushed tones, or just working quietly away on their computers or on good old fashioned paper.

It may be odd to think of an airport waiting lounge as a welcome refuge, but right now that is exactly it is. Particularly after a whirlwind several days of non-stop conference activity.

And sometimes a simple refuge is just what you need.

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