I’m stuck in London, along with lots of other people. I’m sure you guys have heard about the Iceland volcano eruption and the resulting layer of ash that has shut down airports in most of Northern and Western Europe.
I’ve got a flight booked for late next week. A few days ago, that seemed incredible, as I was scheduled to leave then. Now, it isn’t so far-fetched.
I’m off to the airport office to fight for an earlier seat tomorrow, but I suspect my trip to this office may be in vain. The volcano is still spewing ash, and there is no end in sight to the airport shutdown.
So now I’m thinking of other options. I’ll be able to submit my expenses to the company that engaged me on this job, as long as they are within reason (i.e. no first class plane tickets, but hotel, food, and transport is covered).
How should I get out of here? Help me figure out the most logical route. Right now I’m favoring this one:
Either take the Eurostar to Paris or the train to Dover and the ferry to Calais. Then a train, bus, or rental car to Madrid, Lisbon, or any airport in Europe that can get me out. I may have to fly to the USA first, then back to Taiwan. I may also be able to get out from Italy, if I can get there before the cloud overtakes its airspace.
Of course all of this depends on what happens with the weather and the volcano, and we have little idea of what will happen at this point.
If I sound a little frazzled, I am. I need to get home. Advice from experienced travelers much appreciated.