Saturday, 17 April 2010


In Europe at the minute there has been huge travel chaos due to the erupting volcano in Iceland. Some of the pictures coming out of Iceland are spectacular - and a reminder of the power and beauty of nature. Here are a few on flickr

I have several friends who are stuck in various parts of the world including Spain, Italy, Canada, Switzerland and Australia with no hope of getting back to England for several days or longer. The ferries and trains in Europe are all fully booked - it is Easter holidays anyway - and so many have no option but to stay where they are and see what happens.

The way people have responded to this very unusual situation has been really interesting. There are often delays or disruptions to the transport system due to bad weather or industrial disputes and in those cases travellers always seem to get angry or want to blame someone and tempers often flare. This time the reaction seems to have been exactly the opposite - people just accepting that nature can, and does, disrupt things, so there is no point making a fuss. From what I have heard, there is an amazing sense of cameraderie amongst the stranded travellers. A friend in Spain says there is a wonderful atmosphere at her hotel - many new friendships are being made and lots of people are now sharing rooms as there are not enough available for everyone.

These events reminded me of this..

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference

I came across this picture on twitter - this guy lives close to Heathrow Airport and had never seen real blue sky before... So it seems there are some positive things coming out of all this disruption.