So this is Christmas: Again, severe weather all over Europe, the UK, and the US, leaving travellers stranded on the Eurostar trains under the English Channel, prompting a major rethink of Eurostar’s customer service. People were stuck at airports like Frankfurt, Germany or Luton, UK. It’s the same scene everywhere, chaos, chaos and chaos and lots of people desperate to get home for the holidays.
Last year, the same thing happened, at least here in Norway. The news are always about the poor travellers who are stuck and cannot get anywhere, and the airlines or train operators not giving out any information, let alone compensation. While that is a sad story, what about all the goods that is transported now, just three days before Christmas. All the Christmas presents? Those too are stuck somewhere, but we rarely see news flashes of truck drivers stuck in snow, or perishable goods that has to be scrapped. That is not news that sells. But freezing car drivers, and freezing train passengers do sell.
Supply chain disruptions are the order of the day right now. Keeping supplies running is just as important as keeping people running. Let’s not forget about that. Without roads, let alone cleared roads, nothing really works.
I’m always late in sending my Christmas gifts to friends and family, as usual. This year is no exception, and I can only hope that my letters and packets will make it there in time. There’s only one thing left to say: Happy Holidelays!