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As of Sunday morning I made it to another country I had not previously visited – Montserrat, the island which is still about halfway uninhabitable, 10 years after the volcano. They built a new airport on the other side of the island, which was closed on Saturday due to bad weather so I had to wait in Antigua until Sunday.

When the small 20-seater landed I could see why no pilots would want to chance it in bad weather. We were flying over the island, and I kept thinking, why are we so high up? the island can’t be that long. Then out of nowhere there’s the beginning of the runway underneath us- like they sliced off the top of a mountain and measured out a runway exactly edge to edge on the top. On the return, the pilot drives to the very edge and turns around, the wing hanging over the cliff with half the passengers having a terrifyingly almost-vertical look down. And then we pray that the other end of the runway doesn’t come too soon. Or maybe it was just me praying. If you’re a local, you must be used to it.

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One Comment

  1. my theme seems to have the date right…

    1. Lilandra, Empress of Chocolate on July 8th, 2006 at 11:37 pm

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