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Tom Svensson

Sep10

Mr. Obama couldn’t stop me - but the weather gods did!

By Tom Svensson, Tuesday September 10, 2013
A quick photo of the departure board before all flights were cancelled! Taken with a Canon PowerShot G12 compact.

A quick photo of the departure board before all flights were cancelled! Taken with a Canon PowerShot G12 compact. © Tom Svensson

I started my trip at 4am and after a two hour drive I took my first flight to Stockholm, Sweden. The first thing I did after landing was to check if my connecting flight was on time. I had only 50 minutes in Zurich, Switzerland before my flight to Canada, so any delays would mean I missed the flight. All flights in Sweden were delayed due to the President of the USA, Barack Obama, visiting Stockholm. But one flight was on time – mine!

After a 10 hour flight to Vancouver, Canada, I was meant to take next flight to Prince Rupert but it got delayed due to bad weather and then was later cancelled. Now I was stuck in Vancouver and this also meant I missed my boat - and that only goes twice a week!

Now I will miss half a week out in field but the only thing this means is that I have to work harder!