There seems to be growing Canadian anger from people who know people or are themselves stranded in Europe unable to come home.
I'm surprised at this because as a nation, we aren't known to be overly opinionated or vocal.
D and I discussed what we'd do should we find ourselves in the same predicament.
Basically, we aren't seeing why there is an expectation of the Canadian government to send war ships and planes to evacuate people who have been stranded for 5 days in a first world country.
If it isn't safe to fly, I don't want to fly.
Some of the points that have been brought up include people running out of money, medicine, people who needed to be at a surgery, funeral, birthday party, wedding etc.
No one asked for this... This is an act of Nature...
And, it isn't all about YOU... There are tens of thousands of people involved.
This may come across as uncaring or harsh. My intent isn't to be unfeeling. If 5 days is enough to unravel your life in a first world country, then I would question just how prepared or secure are you?
It doesn't take much or many people for chaos to spread. Taking personal responsibility in a case like this includes being patient.
Airlines are more anxious than anyone to get back into business. The Internet will allow people to keep in touch, make alternate arrangements.
Hopefully people have enough room on their credit cards to spring for some extra days' worth of accommodations and to buy needed medication.
Airlines are giving priority to people who have been waiting the longest during flight re-booking. I realize that camping out at an airport isn't fun -- it never has been.
Travel insurance claims can be made once people are back home -- Keep your receipts. It is unfortunate that there are reports of hotels increasing their rates seemingly to take advantage of the situation.
We cannot always make it to birthday parties, funerals, surgeries etc. even if we weren't stranded. Car accidents take more people out than something that happens once in a blue moon.
If we have to take a week longer off without pay, then so be it. I would not expect anyone to compensate me. Travel is a luxury item and a choice for a lot of people.
I'm pretty philosophical about stuff like this. Things do not always work out as planned. This is a part of Life.
I only read one article in Canadian news about the plight of the farmers in southern Iceland. They are exhausted from working overtime caring for their contained animals while having to breath in the ash laden air.
Not surprising, they have refused to abandon their home. Some ash clean up has started at farms where winds have shifted.
I decided to subscribe to a magazine I read while in Iceland called "Iceland Review" so that I can keep up with what is really going on in what has quickly become one of my favorite countries.