by Kevin Stoda
Since I lived in Europe at the time and I had taken a train all day to Hamburg in order to catch a flight to and from London on April 16-17, I found myself caught in the closest thing to a quarantine that Europeans had experienced as travelers since WWII.
You see: On 16 April 2010, 16,000 of Europe’s usual 28,000 daily scheduled passenger flights were cancelled and on the following day 16,000 of the usual 22,000 flights were cancelled. By 21 April 95,000 flights had been cancelled.
These events were caused by the eruption of a volcano in Iceland that belched out zillions of glassified particles into the air over Northwestern Europe.
On April 17 I had had an appointment to fly into London and due a job interview at one of the hotels near the center of that city.
Instead of going to a job interview, I spent again all day traveling back Wiesbaden from Hamburg on the Bummelzuege (slow trains) as I was on a budget–being out of work at that time.
Many other passengers I met on that journey, too, had been unable to take flights (for which they were not yet reimbursed) so they too were traveling inexpensively either on to their destinations or returning home as I was doing.
In summary, hundreds of millions Northwesterners were quaratined to their region of Europe by the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland. Many of us were simply forced to return home. Lives were interrupted across Europe. However, after less than a month, my interview eventually could take place on the 8th of May in London.
Meanwhile, that same May 8, 2010–half a world away–my daughter, Kenzenia was born nearly 10 days early in the Adventist Hospital in Puerto Princesa, Philippines.