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Saturday, April 17, 2010

ash ash and more ash

Hello everyone - I hope you're enjoying a nice weekend so far and getting a lot done.

I continue to be amazed at the news reports and stories coming from travelers in England and Europe proper. Continued flight cancellations and airport closures across Europe are causing empty airspace that hasn't been seen since WW2. Stories of stranded people in airports on cots and other passengers taking taxi rides for thousands of dollars across Europe continue to show how much these natural disasters impact daily lives. Here's the main gist of one story:

Mike Gore from Redditch: "We have just arrived home after a 2,000 euro ($2,700, £1,760) taxi ride from Courchevel in the French Alps. We are five adults and three young children.

"It was a tough decision to outlay the extra cash, which cannot be recovered from insurance, but with deteriorating prospects of a flight home any time soon and the cost of hotels in France, we are just relieved to be home having a nice cuppa.

"The taxi driver, Matt, has still got to get back and explain to his wife, as the fare was originally only to Geneva Airport."

I'm honestly thankful I'm not traveling overseas in anyway right now...except for the possible adventure something like this might provide for a vacation. Can you imagine a few extra days in Paris or Zurich because there's not a single airplane flying in Europe?

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