Eruption leaves Roma local stranded overseas
A ROMA woman is one of thousands left stranded overseas after the eruption of Mt Raung forced the cancellation of more than 50 flights out of Bali.
Jackie Erickson, who had flown to Bali so she could go hiking in Papua, will fly home this week after having her holidays extended by more than a week.
Ms Erickson took a flight to the still-open Singapore last Monday to spend time with family she had there, but found every other stranded passenger had the same idea.
She could only get a flight for today because every other ticket had been bought by other Australians desperate to get home through Singapore.
"As we flew out of Bali to Singapore, the ash cloud could be seen from the windows on the plane," Ms Erickson said.
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She admitted there were worse places to be stuck in, saying she felt like she was on Gilligan's Island.
"It's not too bad - it's not like I'm in downtown Baghdad," she said.
"(But) it was a bit depressing (because) I wasn't there to go to Bali.
"It did feel like Gilligan's Island."
Ms Erickson's airline Virgin paid for accommodation but Ms Erickson said she was keen to come home.
Making the best of a bad situation, the secretary of the Roma Turf Club said she had also helped attract more people to the organisation's premier event.
"I actually managed to get a couple of people to come to the Roma Cup in November," she said.