Sunday, April 18, 2010

TO GO OR NOT TO GO, THAT IS THE QUESTION

I too will be traveling soon, leaving by ship from Ft. Lauderdale to sail to Spain and Portugal. The problem is the return by plane via Aer Lingus through Dublin whose air space is now covered with ash from the aptly named volcano Eyjafjallajokull. I love sailing across the ocean, the long, lazy days at sea. Stopping at foreign ports to explore crumbling castles and bargaining in bazaars. I once traveled the world as a translator on a hospital ship. More recently I taught writing classes on cruise ships. This trip is just for fun or so I thought until I heard the news and saw those scary pictures of the erupting volcano with the billowing clouds covering half of Europe. So what to do? Cancel now and recoup some of the money? Or take a chance and if I'm stuck, camp out on a beach in the south of Spain for weeks, months or years, communicating with my editors from an Internet Cafe. Isn't there something in our contract about Forces of Nature?

9 comments:

Alice Loweecey said...

Camping out on a beach in Spain sounds very tempting. Have a good trip, and stay safe.

Maribeth said...

Would the life on the beach be all that bad? our post made me want to go and I don't even like ships!
Be safe!

G.M. Malliet said...

Go, already. Choice is made! I am hoping to get "stuck" in Italy.

Cricket McRae said...

Getting stuck on a Spanish beach sounds like a bonus! Safe travels.

Hearth Cricket

Sue Ann Jaffarian said...

Since it sounds like you don't have a cranky boss to come back to stateside, I say go and HOPE to get stuck. Have a great trip.

M Pax said...

If you're going to be stuck, a beach in Spain sounds wonderful. Have a great time!

Jess Lourey said...

I just read that planes are still flying out of Spain, so there is always a way out if you want it. Not sure that you do. :) Go! Live and enjoy.

And in the meanwhile, tell me how I get a gig teaching writing on cruise ships. Whee!

G.M. Malliet said...

Same question as Jess. Please tell.

Carol Grace said...

For all you free-loaders out there, and who isn't??
I signed up with 3 agencies that place professionals like geologists and historians and bird lovers on cruise ships to lecture in exchange for a free trip for 2. For a few years it was working great, we went to Greece, Italy, France,Turkey, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain and the Caribbean while I taught the passengers how to write travel articles, memoirs, journals and novels. But now the window has closed (I hope temporarily) and the key word is "destination speaker" which I am not. For whatever it's worth check out "Sixth Star Entertainment" on the web.