DC Vacation: Day 5, Eyjafjallajökull & Arnold Palmer

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April 16, 2010 by Evin

On my fifth day inside the Beltway, I awoke to hear my mother rustling in the kitchen and wandered out in my pjs. The first thing I heard came from the television, “all flights grounded at Heathrow Airport in London.” WHAT?! My husband was meant to join me on our American holiday and at the exact moment I was padding through my parents’ house, he was sitting on the floor or Cork International Airport trying to get a new itinerary with a TG3 cameraman capturing him for the news. So, why all the airline havoc? Well, the Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajökull. It’s hard to spell, harder to pronounce (ay-yah-FYAH’-plah-yer-kuh-duhl), and even harder to travel through. Already missing my husband was not much fun, but being faced with uncertainty about when I’d next see him was just rotten. At least he’s safe.

My day quickly brightened up with a late breakfast with Alicia, my wonderful high school friend and bridesmaid at my wedding. We went to Silver Diner, a high school hangout. I then went to lunch with my mom and Valerie. The ladies were kind enough to let me choose the restaurant and having been without spinach artichoke dip for two years, I opted for Chili’s. Mmm. I even got to drink a bottomless Arnold Palmer (photo below).

An Arnold Palmer


After that, I had tea with my dear friend Buffy and enjoyed a red velvet cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake alongside sweet tea with a sprig of fresh mint (make it yourself).As if I had not already eaten enough, I then straight over to Sara’s where we caught up over grilled Chilean sea bass from Metropolitan Meat, Seafood, and Poultry. I was treated to Erin’s Ireland vacation photos.
It was a day filled with my favorite people and favorite foods, even if it didn’t end with my husband’s arrival by my side.
Here are some news links about the volcanic disruption to Irish flights:
Iceland Volcano’s Uncertain Timetable by Victoria Gill of BBC News
Iceland Volcano: UK Flights Grounded for Second Day from BBC News
Can You Say ‘Eyjafjallajokull’? Icelandic Volcano’s Name Is A Tongue-Twister by Mark Memmott from NPR
Cork, Shannon Restrictions Lifted from RTE News
Aviation Authority Lifts Flight Restrictions on Irish Airspace from The Irish Times
Irish Airspace Restrictions Lifted from RTE News
Volcano Erupts in Southern Iceland from ITN News
Eerie Calm at Dublin Airport by Elaine Edwards from The Irish Times
2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruptions in Iceland
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