These two are linked in my mind because planes fly overhead all the time where I live and sometimes they are so close it seems you could reach out and touch one. Last night I watched 'Bend it like Beckham' not realizing that the football team 'Jas' plays on in the movie is located near the Hounslow Central tube line. You see a lot of planes flying low in that movie, true to life, and you get a feel for what it must be like to grow up in an Indian family in London. Jas's father works at Heathrow so the airport is a distinct presence as well.
Going to get Diane last Saturday I took the Picadilly line to Heathrow (terminal 3) for the first time. You always see someone who is coming or going from or to the airport when you're on the Picadilly line, but for me it was special because I'd get to see what all the hubbub is about. When I arrived at Heathrow on the 6th of September I was lucky because I got a ride from my roommate, so wasn't forced to navigate taxis or tubes upon arrival.
Getting off at terminal 3 was somewhat interesting, a little bit chaotic as it seemed that at least half of us had never done this before. But the signs were easy to read and follow all the way to the terminal at which point the pick up spot was right there in front of me. I had arrived way too early as I tend to do at airports but secretly I wanted to have a look around too. Lots of time to move between places, read my book or just space out watching things. Diane finally came out sometime past 9pm, along with a few others from the Toronto flight. You can't tell the difference between English and Canadian from looking at them though, so that didn't help.