I was one of those travelers counting my blessings last month that I didn't have a trip to Europe scheduled during the Icelandic volcano eruption.
Well, my luck just ran out. I'm sitting in Spain rather than on the Iberia plane that was supposed to be flying me back to Chicago. Nearly 20 airports in northern Spain have closed today because of the ash cloud. I got the good news when I showed up at the Santiago de Compostela airport at 5:30 a.m. this morning, and saw the word "cancelado" next to my Madrid flight. Last time I took Spanish was in junior high, but I got the message loud and clear.
I'm rolling the dice and taking an overnight train from Santiago to Madrid, in hopes of hopping on tomorrow's Madrid-Chicago flight. Don't know if that's realistic or ridiculous, but it's the only option I have.
This volcano ash problem doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon. I wonder what that means for European travel this summer.