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Posting has been very light lately, as I have been on a big adventure. We spent 10 days in Istanbul, exploring the city and generally having a lovely time. Flying back home, we were scheduled for a three-hour layover in London. Imagine our surprise when the captain announced after landing that an ash cloud had spread over Europe, closing many airports, including Heathrow. Instead of snacking and running the kids around before our next flight, we were to proceed through immigration, collect our baggage and head into the city!

All flights at Heathrow were canceled due to a volcanic ash cloud covering the city
All flights at Heathrow were canceled due to a volcanic ash cloud covering the city

I have lots more stories to tell, about both Istanbul, and the 9 days we ended up spending in London, but first I need to do a little laundry and catch up on my life here in Seattle. In the meantime, you can read my post, about our first day in Istanbul here.

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  1. David on April 28, 2010 at 3:34 p.m.

    When I picture @deliciousbaby traveling it's like the Bourne Identity but with kids and strollers and diaper bags. She's speaking French and Turkish, moving toys and soothers and string cheese around like she has 3 hands, flashing through airports and train stations in a fast efficient blur. So I can't see these delays being anything more than a hiccup for their trip.

    Excited to hear all the tales though!

  2. Jen Laceda on April 28, 2010 at 6:46 p.m.

    Debbie, can't wait to hear all about your adventure! Glad you made it home safely!

  3. Debbie on April 29, 2010 at 3:27 a.m.

    Thanks all!

    @David I'd be a lot more Bourne Identity like if I could just keep my shirt clear of baby food! Seriously though, we're a little proud of how well we were able to roll with this particular delay - I can't wait to write more about it.

    Also, I love the spelling of Krispy Kreme in this sign - the British just aren't going to allow us to massacre the queen's English, even with a brand name ;)

  4. tara on April 30, 2010 at 2:04 p.m.

    we had the opposite adventure - our plane took off for our 10 day vacation to portugal with our 2.5 year old, only to fly for 4 hours, then TURN AROUND back to SF, due to the ash. looks like we are headed there this fall!! hope it was all fun.

  5. Debbie on April 30, 2010 at 2:11 p.m.

    Aargh, that must have been frustrating. I hope you were able to get a credit for your missed hotel stays.

  6. Nomadic Matt on May 7, 2010 at 4:16 a.m.

    The ash cloud got you huh? Well, at least you got an extended vacation out of it!