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Stuck Between Airborne Volcanic Rock And A Hard Place

Bangkok, I'm yours for a few more days

Bangkok, I'm yours for a few more days

I was supposed to be leaving for Spain today, but fate finds me still in Thailand. The huge ash cloud hovering over Europe has caused enough chaos in the air traffic system that I’m not exactly sure when I’ll be leaving. My hope is that I will be leaving within a day or two, but I have no idea.

Technically, Spain hasn’t really been effected by the ash cloud. It hasn’t extended beyond the French Pyrenees so far. However, my original flight was supposed to be on Air France with a connecting flight through Paris. Moreover, planes which might have flown a route to Bangkok might have been stranded in Germany, so things gets screwed up all over the world.

The end result is that even though there is technically no ash between Thailand and Spain, I’m stuck in Bangkok.

Furthermore, while flights are now starting to fly in Europe, the first priority is getting people back who have been stranded the past week. I’ve met several people in Bangkok who have been stranded here because their flights to Europe have been canceled (I should note that none of them are really complaining). So even if flights start taking off, I might be stuck a few more days than I otherwise would have just waiting for the glut of passengers to clear out.

I have to be in Valencia on the 29th to give my presentation, so I’m not in any big rush. I’ll end up having to move part of my Spanish adventure to after May 18th when I get back from Israel.

Until I hear more and report otherwise, I’m stuck in Bangkok.

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  1. It’s so crazy to me that the ash cloud has screwed up flights as far away as Asia. I was flying back to San Francisco from Dubai the very afternoon the ash cloud erupted and we flew OVER Iceland and the pole, so I’d say we made it out just in the nick of time. I’d be freaking out just slightly if I were stranded in the Middle East just a month before my wedding with so much to do!

  2. Amy says:

    You’re one of the few people who don’t mind being stranded. You can just take more incredible photos. I think most people still think that governments have a plan for such emergencies. Obviously they don’t.

  3. Alexandra says:

    Well all you have to do is enjoy your stay so that your not be bored while waiting for your flight.

  4. Jocy says:

    It is amazing to see the ripple effect of this flying hiatus, even to areas of the globe that would seem unaffected. If I were in your shoes, I wouldn’t mind being stranded either. And an adventure in Spain (love) and then Israel? My goodness.

  5. Judy Demick says:

    You’re one of the few people who don’t mind being stranded. You can just take more incredible photos. I think most people still think that governments have a plan for such emergencies. Obviously they don’t.

  6. Jersey Mom says:

    Well, since there’s not much you can do, just enjoy Thailand while you’re stuck there. I’m sure there are plenty of food to try! =)

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