Funny, only the story is all so true for so many people who find themselves stuck awaiting the re-opening of the skies. Originally reported by George Jahn of the Associated Press, Thousands of people are piling into buses, trains and high-priced taxis in a frantic scramble to accomplish an increasingly tricky mission: Escape from Europe.
It seems that Spain was uneffected by the volcanoes ash cloud. So Madrid's Bajares airport resembles the chaos of the floor of the United States Stock Exchange. Stranded passengers, tempers fraying, wanting to get that last seat on the departing planes. If you have money your options may be a little better if you don't mind flying through a detour through Japan.
Rental car and Taxi companies are loving the current situation. Most people will spend 16 hours or more traveling from German destinations to Madrid. Cost of the one way travel equaling between $2500-5000.00 US dollars.
Those unable to make the expensive travel to escape Europe have found ways to pass the time, one group of designers, currently stranded in Milan are toying with developing an iPhone ap called "Stuck in Milan." It would tell everyone where everyone is. It could help with escape routes if people are renting cars to go to another city.
In closing...The "Well To Do", will spend a fortune to Escape the rath of mother nature. God knows they must make that T-time with the boss on Wednesday. While the rest of us will have to wait it out.
Not necessarily a bad thing. It will allow people to slow down, talk, and pass the time amongst new found friends.
Oh and if I had the money and the know how. Bumber sticker: " ESCAPE EUROPE 2010 "