StrandedWe had a lovely long vacation in Canada over Easter... which has turned into a lovely longer vacation in Canada.
In case you've been on the moon, some unpronouncably-named volcano in Iceland erupted, cancelling flights for 5 days. Our return flight to England was set for day three during the cancellation. So we were stuck.
Our (currently unnamed for reasons of misguided leverage) airline was unreachable, so rescheduling our flights was impossible for 5 days after our cancellation. Finally, when we got through, we learned that they would only fly Riccardo home priority because my flight was booked as a rewards miles flight - which is apparently deserving of punishment. So Riccardo flew home on day 6, and I'm stuck here for two more weeks (after our original departure date). So annoyed.
Luckily, I have free accommodation (because unmentioned airline is refusing to compensate for extended expenses) and a supportive employer - otherwise we'd really be screwed. I've really been enjoying having some extra time with family and friends, even if I'm transportationally-challenged and on a strict budget. Though I am planning to send a very strongly worded letter to the airline (not because of the disaster itself, but because of the shit way they've handled things afterward), I'm not really complaining.
In other news: Riccardo was accepted on the GKN International Leadership Scheme! He's been waiting for confirmation for months, but with the economic problems it's been on hold. The scheme runs for a year and primes five or six current employees (from branches all over the world) for executive roles. He will do three modules, one in England, one in the States and the last in Germany. Very exciting!