Yes, obviously, the situation here hasn’t been improving. There had finally been some talk about sending us all home, especially after the riots in front of Westminster. Naturally at that time Iceland decides to fucking explode and ground all flights in and out of the country. They even had us on a train, packed with people, for around four hours, trying to export all Americans en masse, but we never left the station. I’m just lucky our host family has allowed me and my roommate to stay with them until, well, whatever happens.
Of course, when the entire sky turns black at like three in the goddamn afternoon, the angry protesters in the middle of London do not react well. I’m not sure how well it’s being covered in the global press, with the death toll from Iceland constantly rising and no end to the eruptions in sight, but when the ash could hit, people didn’t exactly stay calm.
Not even the police could stop them. The riots spread as far as Camden Town, which is more than a little close to home. My roommate was out at the time with some other people from the program, but they managed to get home okay. We only had a little problem here when some guy who looked like a bum in a bomber jacket crawled into the garden and tried to smash in the glass patio doors — he didn’t make it, just scrabbled around a bit and then moved on. Thank god for small favors.
Anyway, so in addition to having no flights in and out of the country, I guess we’re all under martial law now. The Underground is under strict patrol, most of the lines are closed. Classes and internships have been called off. I don’t go out anymore; I can’t say I miss the Underground, it was far too loud down there recently. The grocery stories have pretty much run out of fresh vegetables and meat, and the canned stuff is selling pretty fast — I gave all the money I’ve saved to my host dad so we could afford to stock up on food. I don’t know when they’ll start cutting off internet access, but I’m sure passing the Digital Economy Bill a few weeks ago won’t hinder that in any way.
I’ve said before it was a mistake to come here. Now I’m really beginning to understand how wrong I was then — and how right I am now. I haven’t seen the sun in so long.