Never ever have I been happier to arrive at Charles-de-Gaulle Airport than this evening.
Remember, I told you yesterday I would go to Brussels today, weather permitting? Well, when I got to St. Pancras train station in London at around 10:00am this morning I learnt that because of the weather conditions all Eurostars were operating on a contingency plan. There was the biggest line-up of people I've ever seen in my life and people were accommodated on a first-come first-serve basis. It was clear to me that I would never make it to Brussels in time for my meetings or even the performance of La Bohème that I was supposed to attend this evening. Also, because of the heavy disruptions of the train traffic I wasn't even sure if I would be able to get a train from Brussels to Charles-de-Gaulle Airport in Paris tomorrow in order to catch my flight home.
I decided to change plans and try to get to Paris as soon as possible. After five hours of waiting in-line I got a ticket for the next Eurostar which I boarded after another two more hours of waiting in the lounge. This might all sound really chaotic to you, but given the masses of people trying to get back to the continent I can only admire the calm and professionalism of the Eurostar team. Thank you for getting so many of us to Paris today.
Now, I'm in a hotel at the airport which my fabulous assistant found for me. Hopefully, all will be fine for my flight home tomorrow.
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