Thursday night I went and saw the eruption and the ash cloud. We basically drove into the cloud on the ring road and later watched the ash column and magma splashes and lightning in addition. As we stood there the cloud turned and the ash started to drizzle on us.
Friday there was no flight to Greenland either due to the ash cloud so I rented a car and drove out to Reykjanes where Gunnar and Jeroen were waiting for the Sanderlings (bird species) to arrive. We had time for a quick sightseeing before doing a bird count on the beaches. I had brought ingredients for a BBQ and we talked a lot of field work and Zackenberg in particular (where both Gunnar and Jeroen have been too - but not Gunnar's girl friend nor Bob, Jeroen's assistant from the Netherlands).
Sunday it has been snowing the whole day but it was rather warm. In the morning I went to Church and said hello to Ruth the Organ player. I met her in West Greenland in 2006 just before she came to settle here in town. After that I went to have coffee with Dorthe (one of the passengers arriving yesterday) and her husband Steen and the medical doctors house. Monday I tried to get hold of Martin to talk about arranging a dog sledge trip but I did not manage. Instead I met Uwe a german nature videographer doing a documentary on Greenland and his logistician Kim from Denmark. I had a long chat with Uwe about the filming conditions here. Also, I moved to Hannes house. She is working at the kindergarten but is out of town at the moment. I met her in Reykjavik airport Wednesday while she was going to Nuuk and I was still trying to go North and she said that I could borrow her house. It will only be for a few days as she is expected to come back on Wednesday. Also, will probably try to rent a house in Kap Tobin closer to the open water.