AeroplaneWhatever I thought might have happened to mess up my trip to the USA, I can’t believe that it was a volcano! I am currently dealing with the fact that my Virgin Atlantic flight home tonight has been cancelled, and the next flight I could get on is not until Sunday- that is, assuming that it goes at all, and the ash does not keep getting worse, or fail to clear. It’s really weird being so totally out of control. Normally, it’s an airline(eg BA’s strike pushed us to use Virgin) or a freak snowstorm, or even a terrorist event that affects one’s travel plans. And that only lasts for a short while. Here we are nearly a week after the eruption and still nothing is moving. That’s a lot of frustrated passengers. It has made me realise how much we all depend  on air travel. I stupidly asked a relative to post me a prescription for medicine because I did not bring enough to last me indefintely- and only afterwards realised that the chance of the package getting to me was nil- as airmail isn’t coming across the Atlantic any more than I am! Sea mail takes five weeks, so I hope to be back before then.  It is affecting students in a big way too. The one lifeline that makes it all just about bearable is the internet and e mail. At least I can stay in touch remotely. If you are one of my students, just e mail…


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  1. louise young says:

    Hope you had a good easter! A few of the students in Pr are stuck jade is stuck in New york, Louise is stuck in newscastle but has managed to find a lift back this weekend.

    This disruption seems to have happened exactly at the wrong time with students having hand-ins and exams!

    Hope you manage to get back soon!

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