April 2010. Saturday evening: Stranded in Hong Kong for 24 hours, then to Dubai over night flight, then to Istanbul another night on a plane, Istanbul a stop over and a night in a real bed, prepared to take any flight from Istanbul into Europe, we took a flight to Hamburg which landed in Hanover, a night in a real bed, Hanover to Heathrow the next evening.
We were lucky. Air travel across much of Europe was paralysed for seven days by a huge cloud of volcanic ash. All airlines were desperate to begin freeing the log-jam created by the cancellation of 35,000 UK flights in four days.