I was so enthralled by the idea of getting everything I needed for the entire trip into a bag that I could take as carry-on that I took a picture! It was very handy not to have to spend any time at all waiting for luggage in all the airports I visited. It also helped ensure I didn't buy anything on my trip, since there wasn't any room anyway.
Since I've photographed my trips to the airport before, I'm going to skip right to the first interesting thing I saw at the airport (the first of many, surprisingly) which turned out to be Maury Chaykin.
He wasn't the only one there, of course. It wasn't even the crack of dawn yet and already there were lots of people. It was Dec 30 so I guess lots of holiday travel was still to unfold. The sad thing about going through Terminal 1 at Pearson is that there are no electronic check-in kiosks, which would have been twice as advantageous since I wasn't checking anything.
I wasn't kidding about it being pre-crack of dawn. It wasn't until I'd checked in, gone through security and found my gate that the first light started showing on the horizon. I decided to take a daytime flight instead of the more traditional overnight, and I'm really glad I did.