Darned Volcanic Eruption – hmmpphhh! – Buenos Aires, Argentina
If you’ve been following along on our adventures, you might have noticed that we pretty much make only positive blog posts. Mostly that’s because we’ve had a wonderful, very nearly bad-drama-free trip! That doesn’t mean there haven’t been some trials though – stolen credit card numbers, bus strikes, and a room collapsing on Anner’s birthday to name just a few. This week, though, found me definitely facing my roughest experience of the trip.
My mom decided only a week ago to come meet us in Buenos Aires and we’ve been so excited – getting a two-bedroom apartment off AirBnB, heading to BA early to make schedules work, planning the things to do when we were together – just so wonderful to have the first visitor from home, you know? And I know mom was really excited to be going out on her own big adventure!
Well, we got up Friday morning expecting to meet her at our door only to learn that her flight from Atlanta had gotten turned back over Columbia due to the ash coming from Volcano Calbuco that erupted two days ago in Chile! Unreal!
Not really sure how to deal with this one as it’s so new. Well, aside from making this cathartic blog post. At least we are still out exploring the world and we’ll be heading to Africa in a week where we’ll see my Aunt Casey. Plus we have some great new friends here in Buenos Aires who we’ve enjoyed spending time with! Mom, though, spent all that time and energy and money in planning to come see us, traveled 11ish hours on planes along with waiting who-knows-how-many more hours in the airport to see if Delta knew when they could fly back to BA, only to end up having to just fly home instead! Sad for us, but even sadder for mom! We sure miss you and wish we could have had our week together. We promise to go see a bunch of art and eat a bunch of great food for you! Love you, mom.
so sorry about your Mom. I thought it was so cool of her to join you. yes–, I still am on worry duty!!
Thanks, Cathy! Not to worry over here, though – we’re many hundreds of miles away. The issue turns out to have not been here in Buenos Aires, rather they would have had to fly through the ash cloud on the way to get here. It’s headed NE rather than directly towards BA.
I was so sorry for your mom, especially since she is not a big fan of travel, but decided to make the effort to be with you. She wrote me that she had decided that if I could meet you in Africa, she could meet you in Buenos Aires. I even offered to let her take my place, but she said she had had more than enough travel at this point. Hopefully, some other opportunity will work for her.
This is such a huge bummer, so sorry guys!
I was so sorry to hear that your Mom’s trip was disrupted. I talked to her and she sounded good. Hopefully she will have another opportunity to meet you while you are still traveling.
I’m still enjoying your blogs.
Casy I hope that you have a wonderful trip in Africa with Aaron and Anner.
Thanks, Henrietta. It was sad indeed, but things happen and we move on. If we end up going to Europe after Mongolia, we hope she’ll be able to meet us there!
We’ll say hi to Casey for you. Cheers!
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