Volcano troubles

Trip Start Apr 05, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, April 16, 2010

If there is 1 thing you learn the most by traveling, according to me, it's to let go of expectations.
It's so easy and comforting to have them though, so before I know I am grabbing onto them again.
And expectations bring disappointments.

So, letting go. 
I haven't been away for 2 weeks and 2 unimaginable things have happened. First, someone got into our private room while we were there and emptied some wallets really fast. He even put one of the wallets empty back in a pants back pocket!
And now, the trip I am guiding was supposed to end on April 15th. I would bring my 9 new friends to JFK and meet up with Joke there to hang with her in amazing New York till she leaves coming Wednesday.
Plans logically automatically tend to create expectations.
April 15th was yesterday. And all this didn't happen the way we all were expecting it to happen.

The night of April 14-15 a volcano erupted on Iceland, resulting in yesterday almost all cross-Atlantic flights being canceled cause of the huge cloud created by the volcano. After a lot of calling and organizing (which I totally love, but not the stress coming with it), I got 2 people on a plane the next day to Chicago, and then to Frankfurt, and the others would take the same route on Saturday morning.
Now I am on the bus (longlive the netbook), heading to Queens to meet up with Joke :) The other 7 people will do some extra visits meanwhile.

Yesterday did have a less stressful ending thanks to the amazing hospitality of CouchSurfing. Everyone was stressed, so when I got the extra nights and other flights arranged, I suggested to head to Queens and meet up with Joke and my host, Mike. 4 ended up joining, the others rather chilled and unstressed in Central Park.
Mike cooked us dinner and gave us a great tour of the area. They were all definitely impressed :) CS rules!

So it does feel like I am totally wired now and have a giant rock in my stomach. I hope all works out fine for my group. All I can do now is drop them of at the airport and get on the Chicago flight. On our way this morning to the airport, different people told us plains probably won't be flying to western Europe yet the first 48 hours... And the person where we checked in, only said: "I sure hope so!" and she showed her 2 hands with fingers crossed.

I guess I should learn to let go. Again and again :) It's so easy to hold on, we learn it in the cradle.

So, almost there! Time to enjoy some hours with Joke, yaay! So happy she's here!

ML from the Q33 bus

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Barbara on

Oh Marie-Line.. it's so lovely to follow your blog..
Amazing how you managed to send 9 people back with the volcano troubles!
And yes, you let it go!! Go with the flow and enjoy every minute of your amazing journey! kisses from bruges.. xx :)

lauren on

I'm enjoying reading your blog- I sure hope I can add it to "reader" within Google so I can check it any moment.

We're both learning the same- LETTING GO- in very different ways. You on the road, me feeling settled in California with family obligations....

I was just talking to a friend about how we need to let go, let go of our worries about money, about plans, about everything... and when we do LET GO, things fall into place... easier.

Crazy about the hostel. Unfortunate.... but likely will make you think differently/give you new perspective about being aware of your stuff when you're in SOuth AMerica. You know about my "bra" trick... when on the road- I put my passport, credit/debit cards and some cash- local and foreign currency in my bra- I wear a sports bra or a tank top with a build in bra so it's not obvious.... Made me feel a lot better in case anyone tried to take anything from me.

Thankfullly no one ever tried!

Glad you're living in the moment and truly feeling alive!

marie-line on

@Barbara: they're not back yet :( They are all in Chicago now, stuck....

Diet-man on

Talk about having some good travelstories! And this for being only 2 weeks in :) Looking forward to the even more spectacular stuff that's coming.


Joke (Gent - Limburg) on

I know how you feel I´ve been stuck in an earport for # days after the aerthquake in Chile. There will be an end to this and then you can go on with your journey... You ´ve got al the time in the world and to everything there is a solution, even if it comes a bit later.

besos y abrazos

Riet on

hey hey,ik las voor de eerste keer een blog en dan nog die van jou!ben benieuwd naar het vervolg van je groep,zijn ze vertrokken?couch-surfen zal ik toch ook eens uittesten.het allerbeste voor jou en Joke groetjes

Liesje on

Dag Lilien
Ikzelf heb ook vastgezeten in Spanje. Ze hebben ons dan op een bus gezet en we zijn meer dan 30u later aangekomen in Oostende. Ben helemaal kapot!! Dodo!

doei x

Ingrid on

Hallo Marie-Line!
Ik vroeg me al heel de week af hoe je het stelt op je wereldavontuur... weerom eeh heleboel ervaringen rijker lees ik. Blijf maar alert voor gauwdieven... die heb je helaas op de meest onverwachte plekken en overal ter wereld. Hier bij ons alles goed. Het is nogal koud voor de tijd van 't jaar. Op het werk gezond hectic as usual! Heb je al heel veel gemist. Veel groetjes! Ingrid

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