Last April of 2010, I was in Copenhagen, Denmark along with some fellow high school peers on an organized school trip. We were originally planned to be staying for a full 7-day week, but little did we know that Geology would take affect. The night before our last day, we flipped on the news channel and were surprised to see that the Volcano Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland had awakened and erupted. As concerned as we were, I and the rest of the students accompanying me were thrilled to extend our spring break vacation. However, at the time, we were not fully aware of the aspects of this geological and historic event. Yes, we knew that airports were closed and all flights were cancelled, but it wasn’t until a few more days of anxious patience that we realized the full effect it had on numerous amounts of people throughout all of Europe. I was able to view at first-hand tourists, locals, and others who were all incapable of going to a new destination and for others not being able to reach their home. There were hundreds stranded in airports for days not being able to leave, just waiting for flights. Terminal chairs and benches were being used as beds, and dining areas, to those who had nowhere else to go. People were going shower-less while stranded yet were still just happy to still have the airports restroom facilities. We were witnesses to seeing people in total frantic boarding every possible train they could trying to find a place that they could be sent home from. Lucky for me and my classmates, we were not amongst those lost in terminals. By the purchase of ironically cheap travel insurance, we were fortunate enough to remain in a hotel and wait it out there in comfort. There was nothing anyone could do until it was declared that enough smoke had cleared to determine it safe for flights to re-open. Even though it wasn’t visible from Denmark, pre-cautions were taken. Our flight back home lasted an extra 2 hours due to a different course marked to completely avoid the remaining volcanic cloud. This event really opened my eyes to let me see how at any moment, geological events can alter and change our lives’ paths. I was a part of Volcano Eyjafjallajokull, I saw how it effected peoples’ lives, and I was witness to geologic history.