Today has been very reminiscent of the movie “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” but of course without the planes – that would be far too environmentally unfriendly. Sigh. It’s not easy saving the world – by being carbon-aware. As I am pushed for time (am writing this in a restaurant on a friend’s laptop) the best way I can put you in the picture is to copy and paste the email I just sent out to the friends most impacted by my travel hassles…
As you may have guessed by now, I have had a total nightmare trying to get back to England. The Eurostar has been cancelled, and added to that the trains in Denmark, Germany and Belgium have been in total disarray due to a few flakes of snow. I left Copenhagen at 6.40pm last night, and since then it has been one transportational horror after another. Today I have done the grand tour of Western European train stations, an experience I hope not to repeat any time soon.
And of course, thanks to that lovely thiefy person, I have had no mobile phone or internet access to a) find out what is going on, or b) let anybody know that I am lost in space.
But there is now light at the end of the (railway) tunnel. My saviour Baldwin Hopmans met me at the station when I finally reached reached Brussels, and has arrived fully kitted out with multiple laptops, mobile phones, etc etc, so I am able to issue this rather belated explanation for radio silence. I am sitting in a restaurant near Bruxelles Midi, having had a fine dinner (a nice change from railway station food) and am able to let you know what is happening.
I am now booked on a bus that will leave at 10.30 tonight and should arrive at London Waterloo around 7am tomorrow. A second sleepless night on public transport. Oh joy.
My first action on returning to London will be to get myself a replacement iPhone, and to insert the replacement SIM that Mum has sent to Anthony’s flat in Marylebone, so I should then be back in the land of the living.
But this does leave all other plans in utter chaos. I will try to gather my wits when I arrive in London tomorrow, hopefully feeling marginally less sleep-deprived.
But for now, this is as much as I know:
Deirdre and Trish – sorry about tonight. Had no way to let you know I was stuck in Europe. Hope we can get together some other time.
Simon and David – sorry, but I’m not going to get to our appointments in Weybridge tomorrow. Would love to reschedule. Will get back in touch when I know what I’m doing.
Anthony – will certainly need to swing by the flat to pick up SIM card etc. Not sure yet where I’m going to stay tomorrow night. If need be, may I stay at the flat? Am aware it may be full of rugby players!
Nikki and Sue – will need to let you know about Wednesday. Am still hoping to make it over to Cirencester, but may not make it up to Bristol as well, so may need to reschedule TWiE.
Polly and Misty – have been having some powerful thoughts today while sitting on trains. Have been making lots of notes about how the next COP should look, and what it should achieve. Would love to get together for a visioning exercise very soon, either in London or elsewhere.
Charles – sorry, but meeting up in Putney is now very unlikely to happen. Sorry about that, and hope we can get together some other time.
Mum – hope you haven’t been worrying about me too much. Am getting by just fine, with a lot of help from my Brussels friends. Should be back in contact tomorrow.
Phew, okay, hope that covers it all. Sorry so much is still TBC. Just too brain-dead to plan logistics right now. After the last 24 hours I’m quite inclined not to plan any travel for the foreseeable future, but will no doubt rally soon, once I’ve had a good night’s sleep.
lots of love