From the 2010 archives: Like modern gypsies we wandered Europe looking for a way home. When the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted in Iceland the ash shut airspace especially across the Atlantic. Bramwell Ryan was one of those stranded in Europe. His flight out of Athens was cancelled and he heard that he might be able to get a flight in Zurich. Getting from Corfu to Switzerland meant hopping on a ship bound for Venice.

That night, in the middle of the Adriatic Sea somewhere between Italy and Croatia, the stranded – packed together on an overcrowded boat – started to sing. Listen to Bram’s report for CBC Radio.

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