Volcano Sorrows

Don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a bit baffled reading comments from stranded Swedish travellers around the world. People seem to think its a universal right to 1) travel wherever they want (regardless of any safety or human rights considerations) and 2) to get free transport back home if or when something goes wrong. I’ve got news for you guys: if you choose to travel across the globe, expect the best but PREPARE FOR THE WORST. A sensible proverb if there ever was one.

A Swedish middle-aged man who got stuck in Bangkok spoke of feeling deserted, lonely and frightened and wondered why the government wasn’t doing anything to get him home. In addition to feeling “deserted” he was also running out of money. Now safely back in Sweden, he agitatedly told the reporter his journey home had cost him almost 10 000 sek.  This seems a bit over the top considering that most people in Thailand would feed their whole extended family for 3 months on that sum. Also, feeling deserted and frightened in an air-conditioned airport with plenty of cash for food and beverages is a bit of a slap in the face to the vast amounts of people in Thailand struggling to make ends meet.

Reading comments like these makes me wonder what that guy was doing in Bangkok in the first place. Next time he wants to widen his horizons I suggest he takes a trip to Falköping.

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2 Responses to Volcano Sorrows

  1. Katja says:

    During WW II approximately 500 000 Finns had to leave their homes and move west, away from areas that were taken by the Soviet Union. How bad is a bustrip from Belgium in comparison, really?

  2. Pia says:

    I totally agree – I mean, if you can afford a holiday in Thailand, maybe 10 000 kr more isn’t the end of the world…
    Another really annoying thing was how Expressen and Aftonbladet desperately tried to find people in distress, to feel sorry for. But they mostly found tourists stranded in Cyprus, going “well, we got free hotel, free food and it’s 25 degrees here, so we’re good”. Too bad 😉

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