Stuck in Europe


In Europe

  
Well, my name is Gregg and I am a pretty big fan of the Giant Bomb web site and the podcast. I am typically checking the web site on a daily basis for new videos from the crew, new reviews on the web site in general and reading and checking out the forums. I work for a Dutch company in New York City. I listen to teh podcast on the train into New York City often too. Every once in a while I must go in to the company's headquarters in the Netherlands, once or twice a year. It is typically a nice experience because I get to stop in Amsterdam and I like to travel for the most part. 
 
My latest trip to the Netherlands was going well. I got a day in Amsterdam and went to the Anne Frank House, a surreal experience being in the actual rooms that Anne Frank and her family and the van Pelts actually hid in, and wandered around the city. I even had a nice lunch in a cafe in the city. That afternoon I headed off with a colleague on the train to s' HertogenBosch (Den Bosch in english), a smaller Dutch city nearby my compny's headquarters is.  
 
The next couple of days were full of meetings and catching up with Dutch co-workers. Overall a very nice experience. I heard about the volcano in Iceland on Wednesday but did not think much of it.  I also continued to visit www.giantbomb.com and started taking part in some of the quests. I even started to edit the Wiki as part of the quest system too.  I did some silly little edits to get some quest points; Parappa The Rapper and Neo Geo Pocket and Bandai.
 

Stuck in Europe


 Then on Thursday night my flight out of the Netherlands on Friday afternoon was cancelled. 
 
The next morning I spoke to the company's travel agency and Continental Airlines. I was rescheduled to fly out by Continental on Sunday. Well, guess what happened? On Saturday afternoon that flight was cancelled too.  
 
Disheartened and not in a good mood in a small city with few shops open in the Netherlands, I ended up spending a good part of Sunday on Giant Bomb and on the Wiki. To keep myself busy and my mind off the miserable situation I ended up editing a bunch of Wiki pages; Swordquest EarthWorld, FireWorld, WaterWorld and AirWorld from the Atari 2600 days. 
 

Giant Bomb Wiki

 
Now it is Tuesday and I am still stuck in the Netherlands. I was supposed to be here five days and am now here nine days.  
 
Giant Bomb's Wiki has kept me busy and sane which is great. Thanks guys.  I have now gone on to create a Jack Tramiel page on the wiki and have added some much needed information to the Scott Adams text adventure games Adventureland, Pirate Adventure and Secret Mission
 
I am also thankful that I have a hotel room about an hour away from Amsterdam. There are people out there that have it much worse than me, that are stuck in airports with no hotel rooms.    Or do not have simple pleasures like good co-workers that are helping like I have or even internet access to keep in touch with family. I am hopeful for all those people who have it worse than me.  
 
Thanks for taking the time to read this and wish me luck in getting home soon.
17 Comments
18 Comments
Posted by Marmaladebrat

In Europe

  
Well, my name is Gregg and I am a pretty big fan of the Giant Bomb web site and the podcast. I am typically checking the web site on a daily basis for new videos from the crew, new reviews on the web site in general and reading and checking out the forums. I work for a Dutch company in New York City. I listen to teh podcast on the train into New York City often too. Every once in a while I must go in to the company's headquarters in the Netherlands, once or twice a year. It is typically a nice experience because I get to stop in Amsterdam and I like to travel for the most part. 
 
My latest trip to the Netherlands was going well. I got a day in Amsterdam and went to the Anne Frank House, a surreal experience being in the actual rooms that Anne Frank and her family and the van Pelts actually hid in, and wandered around the city. I even had a nice lunch in a cafe in the city. That afternoon I headed off with a colleague on the train to s' HertogenBosch (Den Bosch in english), a smaller Dutch city nearby my compny's headquarters is.  
 
The next couple of days were full of meetings and catching up with Dutch co-workers. Overall a very nice experience. I heard about the volcano in Iceland on Wednesday but did not think much of it.  I also continued to visit www.giantbomb.com and started taking part in some of the quests. I even started to edit the Wiki as part of the quest system too.  I did some silly little edits to get some quest points; Parappa The Rapper and Neo Geo Pocket and Bandai.
 

Stuck in Europe


 Then on Thursday night my flight out of the Netherlands on Friday afternoon was cancelled. 
 
The next morning I spoke to the company's travel agency and Continental Airlines. I was rescheduled to fly out by Continental on Sunday. Well, guess what happened? On Saturday afternoon that flight was cancelled too.  
 
Disheartened and not in a good mood in a small city with few shops open in the Netherlands, I ended up spending a good part of Sunday on Giant Bomb and on the Wiki. To keep myself busy and my mind off the miserable situation I ended up editing a bunch of Wiki pages; Swordquest EarthWorld, FireWorld, WaterWorld and AirWorld from the Atari 2600 days. 
 

Giant Bomb Wiki

 
Now it is Tuesday and I am still stuck in the Netherlands. I was supposed to be here five days and am now here nine days.  
 
Giant Bomb's Wiki has kept me busy and sane which is great. Thanks guys.  I have now gone on to create a Jack Tramiel page on the wiki and have added some much needed information to the Scott Adams text adventure games Adventureland, Pirate Adventure and Secret Mission
 
I am also thankful that I have a hotel room about an hour away from Amsterdam. There are people out there that have it much worse than me, that are stuck in airports with no hotel rooms.    Or do not have simple pleasures like good co-workers that are helping like I have or even internet access to keep in touch with family. I am hopeful for all those people who have it worse than me.  
 
Thanks for taking the time to read this and wish me luck in getting home soon.
Posted by Jack_Daniels

Holy crap there are people in Europe stuck in the airport for days and days? I would think that if they could afford a plane ticket they could atleast a for a place to stay. They should go to a Hostel at the very least. Although I imagine the hotels are pretty crowded with all the lost travelers. The Airlines might be loosing money but I bet the hotels are racking it in!

Posted by Yummylee

Giantbomb appreciates your wiki contributions, and well kept sanity.
Posted by eroticfishcake

That freakin' volcano isn't exactly doing everyone a favour is it? Ah well, thanks for adding to the wiki and good luck getting home mate!

Posted by ahoodedfigure
@eroticfishcake: I hear it's still blocking flights in Britain.  Interesting, if frustrating, how nature can still come in and take a swat at us with its big paw.
Posted by diz

I'd think Amsterdam is one of the better places to be stuck in, so well done!

Posted by KaosAngel

I think we should sue Iceland, if a Volcano blew up in the States....we'd totally sue.

Posted by Zindrase

It's surreal how half the continent is shutting down because of it. Everyone I know knows someone who's stuck somewhere because of the ash.

Posted by eroticfishcake
@ahoodedfigure said:
" @eroticfishcake: I hear it's still blocking flights in Britain.  Interesting, if frustrating, how nature can still come in and take a swat at us with its big paw. "
It's almost impossible to get anywhere by air now. But hey, at least it might encourage the English and Irish to spend more time in their own country rather then fly off to places like Portugal or Thailand and get fucked for doing something silly (like that couple who had sex on a beach in Dubai or that one kid who keyed a lawyer's car in Thailand.) Could be karma for all I know. Considering all the shit that we've done by only to get hit by tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes and volcanoes now.
Posted by CornontheCobbe

Yeah that Volcano sucks. Well dude, take in all the beautiful European Girls you can before you have to traverse back home!
 
Good luck getting home mate!

Posted by Red12b
@Marmaladebrat:  
At least you are stuck in the Netherlands, their are worse places to be stranded, I was stranded in the damn Airport for 15 hours one time before the pricks decided to buy us all a hotel stay across from the airport, Actually, at least they did that, I know some companies wouldn't even be bothered, 
 
Best of luck Duder, Enjoy the "Café's"
Posted by Yummylee
@CornontheCobbe said:
"Yeah that Volcano sucks."


Lmao....It's just the way I envisioned someone saying it. Like some skater dude hearing about it on the news all casual like.
Posted by ahoodedfigure
@eroticfishcake: Heh.  I'd rather not live in a universe where nature metes out retributive punishment on entire groups of people based on the sins of a few idiots :)
Posted by Marmaladebrat

Thanks for all the good wishes. I appreciate it. I now am on a waiting list for a flight out of Amsterdam Schipol Airport on Thursday. I hope the flight doe snot get cancelled again.
Posted by KaosAngel

Next time don't make the volcano explode.

Posted by FunExplosions

First one to spell the volcano's name right wins a prize. No cheating. Here's my guess: Kerchucktinstuble.

Posted by Yanngc33

@FunExplosions: Kerchucktinstuble. I win

Posted by YOUNGLINK

Europe rules!