2010– a quasi-blockade of travelers across much of Europe


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.

BBC News - Volcanic ash: Flight chaos to continue into weekend

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.[17] By 21 April 95,000 flights had been cancelled.[18]

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.

How the 2010 ash cloud caused chaos: facts and figures - Telegraph

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.

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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1 Response to 2010– a quasi-blockade of travelers across much of Europe

  1. eslkevin says:

    Dear Kenzenia Jean Stoda, Our Daughter,

    Thank you, Angel, for coming into our lives on May 8, 2010.

    Your name derives from one of Job´s daughters.

    Here is the text from the Bible. Pay attention to the name of the second daughter:

    Job 42 (New International Version)
    1 Then Job replied to the LORD :
    2 “I know that you can do all things;
    no plan of yours can be thwarted.
    3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’
    Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
    things too wonderful for me to know.
    4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
    I will question you,
    and you shall answer me.’
    5 My ears had heard of you
    but now my eyes have seen you.
    6 Therefore I despise myself
    and repent in dust and ashes.”
    Epilogue
    7 After the LORD had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. 8 So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” 9 So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the LORD told them; and the LORD accepted Job’s prayer.
    10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before. 11 All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the LORD had brought upon him, and each one gave him a piece of silver [a] and a gold ring.
    12 The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. 13 And he also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. 15 Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.
    16 After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. 17 And so he died, old and full of years.
    After his tumultuous time of losing all his property, being inflicted with disease, having his faith attacked, and all his children dying in disasters, God blesses Job again with more children and a great life.
    The second daughters name is Keziah. My wife have added two letter “n”s (and dropping the final h) to you’re your name unique—allowing you to be uniquely who you and who God wants you to be.
    We welcome and love you Kenzenia.

    Love,

    Mom n´ Dad

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