A most unusual but wonderful experience happened to me recently on a return trip from Europe to the United States.
A series of heavy Nor'easters hit the U.S. East Coast over the last couple weeks, one of which coincided with my trip back to Rochester, NY. While we didn’t have flooding, we had a lot of snow. A lot of snow means canceled flights.
As I made my way through border control in Dublin, Ireland on March 7, I discovered my connection to New York City would likely be canceled. A meander from baggage claim to the check-in desk confirmed this. Fortunately, Aer Lingus had no issue putting me up in a hotel overnight, with dinner and breakfast, so that I could catch the next flight to New York the following day.
While waiting in airport queues, a friend happened to retweet an event happening in Dublin the next day.
The event was a local Wikimedia meet-up to celebrate International Women’s Day. Participants would create and edit Wikipedia pages for influential women in the history of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. After digging deeper, I found out the event would take place 30 minutes away from my hotel, from 09:30 to 12:30. My flight was at 16:10.
I put in my RSVP.
Meet the Wikimedia Ireland community
In a stroke of fate, I would spend my extended layover during my first time in Dublin learning about women role models in the Irish medical community. I didn’t know it yet, but I would also take part in writing some history.
The first part of the event focused on an introduction to