The volcano, ashcloud and my #ashtag adventure

The Berlin Railway Station yesterday


I’ve had tremendous support from individuals at the location I’m trying to get too. Some airlines like air_baltic are responsive but it’s hard to get any response from most. I was lined up to get a train ticket then take a ferry from Stockholm. I met someone on twitter while using the key hashtags


and she is in Helsinki and kindly read and researched the ferries to be sure there was availability for me. She even offered to expense the ferry for me (Im speaking at her employers this week) and offered me her place if I was stuck in Helsinki as she’s going to travel to Berlin then.

While I was waiting in line for the ticket I saw at least 4 different camera crews come to do stories on the lineup and the vlcano cloud / European travel freeze. I was interviewed by both CNN and Deutsche Welle (German TV). I tried to give both of them this information to let people know how to get help travelling (updates on air space–responsive tweeter)

Free and less expensive places to stay

Many couchsurfers will also help you navigate. I also recommend reaching out to people on and . Twitter is the most helpful place right now. The media that interviewed me was uninterested in this information (I hope it can help you or someone you know). They also weren’t interested in asking the German railways (DeutscheBahn) why they don’t allow electronic ticketing.

I’ve got quite a crazy driving adventure on my hands! I’m about to take a cab to the Potsdam Railway from Berlin. The YLE (Finnish BBC) CEO will pick me up in a car with a politician who is (I think) the leader of the Finnish opposition party. (My friend Alex Baumgardt kids me that by the end of this story I will have gotten Finland to be the first UnGovernment…all because of the exploding Iceslandic volcano). We’re driving to Estonia to get the ferry to Helsinki.That means going through Poland Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia all places that are new to me.

I’m speaking to YLE next week about social media the future of communication and getting used to change. The heart of what I do is all about people (even when I’m doing stand up). This volcano experience is is really such a perfect example of content merging with action and the trust, connection, flexibility and resilience of p2p (people talking to people, often via technology)  while the hub and spoke systems of communication are frozen.

The TV media are so focussed on crisis, conflict and drama ..looking for a story that they don’t see the way they are preserving and encouraging conflict and preventing action.

I know everyone isnt as lucky as I am to have this as an adventure with support but while institutions fail and nature is fickle people are there. Please reach out to other people. You may be surprised at how many will help you and how fun it is to help others.

I’ll try to keep posting from the road.

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