Arrivederci Norway

As the UK Transport Secretary Lord Adonis predicts that “significant disruption to most UK air services will continue for at least the next 48 hours,” due to the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland, our own Ed Cox from ICIS Heren makes plans to say goodbye to his enforced holiday retreat in Norway

Things are moving in Norway – slowly

I’m still stuck in Norway with volcanic ash overhead but the conference organisers have worked wonders and sorted a rough itinerary to get us back to London. Given the mixed responses I had from colleagues over the luxurious diet I have enjoyed here I wanted to give an update on the impending difficult trip home which will put Michael Palin’s global expeditions in some kind of context.

Tonight we will take the train from Stavanger to Kristiansand – three hours. After a couple of hours in bed the group will jump on the breezy ferry to Hjorring in Denmark tomorrow morning – five hours. Then we have a pleasant 12 hour stop-over before the 17 hour train ride (not a sleeper train) from DK to Brussels via Cologne.

If we survive – I am going out to buy fresh socks and other things shortly – we will board a Eurostar on Monday to London.

It’s fun, although I did manage to cross India in half the time last year. It also makes me appreciate aeroplanes more and more – forget all that emissions rubbish.

As for all the harsh comments I have recently received about my having a jolly out here, I have to admit I would have stopped after the 15th course last night had I known the challenges ahead. I would also not have taken that fourth glass of champagne. It was very very good though.

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