Pat versus the Volcano

Like many other travelers, I am currently stuck in Europe, due to the volcanic ash cloud spreading over the continent. My flight was supposed to leave this morning from CDG airport in Paris, but was cancelled yesterday and rescheduled to next Sunday.

Not being one to easily admit defeat and sit around waiting, I had booked backup flights out of Madrid and Rome for Thursday and Friday, battling travel websites that would show a flight one minute, and then have it fully booked seconds later. With all our technology and seeming invincibility it’s a bit humbling to be at the mercy of a volcano a few thousand miles away, and the whims of the trade winds.

Either way, I am off via car to Madrid in the hopes of clearer skies and functioning aircraft. Wish me luck!


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