March 4, 2010
Posted: 1733 GMT
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind for me: first a short trip to Abu Dhabi, then on assignment covering the quake aftermath in Haiti, followed by a week anchoring our special iList France series and then ending with a vacation in Peru.
I was on a beach in Peru when the earthquake struck Chile. The assignment desk in Atlanta asked me to travel to the quake zone. My vacation was over anyway so I agreed. What I didn't count on was how nearly impossible it would be to find a way into Chile.
Santiago airport was closed and there were no direct flights from Lima to smaller regional Chilean airports. We flew to Bolivia in the hope of catching a flight to Santiago the next morning but that flight was canceled as well.
Three days after the quake struck and with three teams already on the ground, we all decided it would make more sense for me to fly back to Atlanta to anchor my show. So here I am!
We are kicking things off with the latest out of Iraq today. The Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki told CNN he would consider asking American forces to stay longer if the security situation demanded it. We will cross over live to Baghdad where Arwa Damon will tell us why this is significant, just as the country prepares to go to the polls for national parliamentary elections on Sunday.
We are also live in Concepcion, Chile. Sara Sidner will report on a coastal town decimated by the tremor and the tsunami wave that wreaked havoc on a small community in the quake zone.
We will also go live to Spain, Wall Street and Turkey..
See you at the IDesk!
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