Perhaps, you’ve been mystified, like me and the CNBC crew stranded here in Vienna, by how a big cloud now covering much of Europe has brought us back to the Stone Age, travel-wise.
I’m exaggerating, of course. But when you think about it, this situation doesn’t make sense, right? Can a cloud really be that much of a problem? It’s 2010, right? Why won’t it blow through? Why can’t we just fly above it?
These are some of the questions we've pondered while waiting in Europe for the skies to clear. The Icelandic ash cloud has resulted in my driving from Krakow, Poland, to Vienna and actually considering a flight east through Dubai to get home—by next Tuesday.
No dice. Those flights are fully booked.
Meanwhile, hotel lobbies are clogged with travelers waiting, drinking, sharing their tales. We’ve heard about people spending thousands of dollars on a cab to take them to Spain or southern Italy. And then some people aren’t distressed at all: In fact, they view it as a wonderful opportunity for an extended holiday.
Here in Vienna, some travelers are even getting into the spirit of the delay. They are considering participating in the city’s marathon. Now that they can’t make the Boston Marathon, why not settle for 26 miles in Vienna and wiener schnitzel and beer afterward?