Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Around the volcano and home from US in 20 hours

"Sir, we advise you to not board this aircraft". The plane was ready for departure but the empty gate seemed to underline what the ground staff just said. All other flights to Europe were cancelled. And there are certainly worse places to be stranded than San Francisco in spring. After speaking at the MySQL Users Conference my already re-scheduled via Frankfurt in two days was likely to be cancelled again. I had to try something to avoid being stuck in US for days if not weeks.

7 hours later cold air streaming in through the front door welcomed me to Reykjavik. At departure time in US no onward flights were scheduled from there. Eyjafjallajökull (see picture) was still erupting sending its ashes to Europe. Rather than being stuck in US I could be easily stuck on Iceland. But I wanted to see my family. And I wanted to see the volcano.

By the time of my arrival on Iceland individual transfers to Northern Europe opened, I got a seat to Oslo and arrived at a deserted ghost airport. The only flight for the day would bring me there to my hometown Stockholm. The ground crew in US wished "Good Luck" when boarding. 20 hours later I had dinner with my family. 2 days ahead of schedule and no extra net travel time.

5 comments:

Luca Olivari said...

Good to hear that you are at home! I'm still stuck in SFO with a few MySQLers, but it seems that the situation is getting better.

Cheers,
Luca

Swany said...

Congrats! Good that you made it home safe and without extra travel time.

hingo said...

In general I'm happy to hear reports from everyone that gets home, or even just closer to home... but your stunt was so brilliant and you got home so easy I almost don't want to congratulate you. Deep inside I have a feeling you cheated... somehow...

Most of us at Avatar have tickets for tomorrow and Thursday. Situation looks good now, so let's wish for the best!

Jan said...

Nice trip, took the odds and won ... and looks like you efford cooled the volcano now enough for the rest of us to get home.

hingo said...

@Jan: The volcano realises it may as well give up!