Planes are flying again over Europe. I've been watching all the news about the volcano (Eyjafjallajokull: have you heard anyone in the media pronounce this?) and been rather riveted by it, like most of the rest of the world. The fact that something like this could result in an airport standstill is fascinating.
That said, I'm not sure I'd be jumping on the first plane that takes off. I'm not even sure I'd be on the second or third or 20th plane. That ash is still up there, and although it's been reported that it's not nearly as much and "safe," it's still dicey to me.
I feel bad for the people of Iceland. First their country goes broke, now they've got volcanoes that disrupt the entire world's air travel. They're not having a good couple of years.
That said, I would love to go to Iceland some day. It's supposed to be beautiful (when not covered in ash) and they are, by extension, my people. It's only about a four hour flight from Boston, easy for even a weekend trip (after the ash diminishes).
I've read all of Arnaldur Indridason's crime novels. If you haven't, you should check them out, starting with JAR CITY. I've found they really should be read in order. You'll find out a lot about Iceland, fascinating facts like the fact that people are known by their first names, not their last, and they're listed as such in the phone book.
Have you been as fascinated by the volcano as I have? And would you be getting on a plane right now or wait until it's cleared a little more?