Monday, December 21, 2009
Waiting for Eurostar
To say I'm pissed off is an understatement. I have no idea if we'll be able to get to the UK or not by Christmas. Eurostar have said that even if they get the trains going again, they'll have a hard enough time managing with the people who are already booked on trains let alone coping with all the extras like me and the boys.
There is no contingency plan, no effort to find an alternative way to get people to travel, like on the ferries. The engineers may be working like mad to solve the problem, but what about the rest of the workforce? They could have been trained to put into action Plan Disaster Mitigation. Mind you, I suppose cooperation with the ferries is unthinkable seeing as they cut so dramatically into their market share.
I was hoping to see my family who I only see twice a year - hoping to have a proper British Christmas and being there for my mother who needs me at a time like this with so much to do and a totally dotty dad to contend with.
I read some comments online from people who were obviously going nowhere for Christmas and criticising those who were wailing about travelling, or not travelling. They said stuff like we should 'suck it up', be flexible, stop whinging, no one's died (how do they know???) and so on, which is somewhat patronising and dismissive of those who are not going on holiday exactly but hoping to spend time with their families who they might not see very often. Arrangements have been made, often months in advance, and undoing those arrangements is a major pain in the arse not to say a huge disappointment for everyone.
So here I am, waiting, not knowing, not able to make plans. The icing on the cake is that I've gone down with a bad cold/mini flu and spent yesterday afternoon in bed so I don't even feel mentally up to coping with the strain of thinking about alternative action.