FLIGHT TIME TO DUBLIN : FLIGHT TO DUBLIN
Flight Time To Dublin
- Herbert "Flight Time" Lang (born 1977) is a basketball player for the Harlem Globetrotters.
- That portion of the trip actually spent in the air. For billing purposes this definition is generally strict and only applies from moment of lift-off to moment of touch-down.
- The time you have spent, in an hour-to-hour ratio, hooping in your life. You may or may not have been practicing tricks. Any time you spend interacting with your hoop counts, even if the hoop is not spinning.
- Dublin (; locally or ) is the primate and capital city of Ireland. It is officially known in Irish as Baile Atha Cliath or Ath Cliath . The English name comes from the Irish Dubh Linn meaning "black pool".
- Dublin (formerly, Amador and Dougherty's Station) is a suburban city of the East (San Francisco) Bay region of Alameda County, California, United States.
- The capital city of the Republic of Ireland, on the Irish Sea at the mouth of the Liffey River; pop. 477,700
- A county in the Republic of Ireland, in the province of Leinster; county town, Dublin
- capital and largest city and major port of the Irish Republic
Trip Day 2: Where we got to Dublin, got lost, and went to church
(I've said it before, I'll say it again. I am constantly amazed at the picture quality of my cameraphone. That alone was worth what I paid for it.) :-)
Our flight from Philly to Dublin actually got in early due to some gnarly tailwinds (which also gave us some crazy turbulence... but I'm weird enough to enjoy that!) We got to the airport and proceeded to wait long enough for our bags that I was starting to panic that they'd never made it out of Philadelphia. They were the last ones off the conveyor belt... better late than never!
Then it was time to figure out how to find a bus to our hotel. Bus maps are oddly hard to come by, and after a couple of false starts, we got headed toward city center, where we'd catch another bus to closer m the hotel. Again, this proved easier said than done, and we may have gotten lost, or at least misdirected, at least once. Maybe twice. We were off the plane at about 8, had our lage and were through customs by around 9, and finally got to the level at... 11:30. Ugh. Did I mention it was raining the entire time we wandered around lost, er, exploring? It is Ireland, after all, and I suppose to get the full experience one needs to wander in the rain ling a large backpack. At least that's what John and I kept trying to convince ourselves.
We got to the hotel damp and exhausted, only to discover that check-in was at 1, not 12. Thankfully, they let us leave our bags there, so we did, I grabbed my camera bag, and we headed down the street to check out a church we'd passed on the way in. We got there about ten minutes after mass had begun, so we snuck down a side aisle and grabbed a seat. The church, St. Peter's (Catholic, of course -- did this really need to be specified?), is built in the nineteenth century Gothic revival style. It's absolutely
gorgeous, and it was a total treat to catch a service there! Sometime while we were there, John sested that we try to catch a church service in every country we're in -- I think that's a great idea. :-)
After the service ended, we wandered around the church a bit before heading back to our hotel. Our room wasn't ready yet, so we hung out and dozed in some comfy chairs. I have to say, for €29/night, this is a REALLY nice place. We even get our own bathroom! Oh the luxury. :-) So we're going to enjoy it while we can, since I know we've got plenty of hostels in our future over the next two months. Not that I'm complaining -- honest. :-)
Ok, time for a bit of a nap... neither of us slept much on the plane, and jet lag is kicking in.
PENGUINS IN DUBLIN ZOO
Penguins are superbly adapted to an aquatic life. Their wings have become flippers, useless for flight in the air. In the water, however, penguins are astonishingly agile. Within the smooth plumage a layer of air is preserved, ensuring buoyancy. The air layer also helps insulate the birds in cold waters. On land, penguins use their tails and wings to maintain balance for their upright stance.
All penguins are countershaded - that is, they have a white underside and a dark (mostly black) upperside. This is for camouflage. A predator looking up from below (such as an orca or a leopard seal) has difficulty distinguishing between a white penguin belly and the reflective water surface. The dark plumage on their backs camouflages them from above.
Diving penguins reach 6 to 12 km/h (3.7 to 7.5 mph), though there are reports of velocities of 27 km/h (17 mph) (which are more realistic in the case of startled flight). The small penguins do not usually dive deep; they catch their prey near the surface in dives that normally last only one or two minutes. Larger penguins can dive deep in case of need. Dives of the large Emperor Penguin have been recorded which reach a depth of 565 m (1870 ft) and last up to 20 minutes.
Penguins either waddle on their feet or slide on their bellies across the snow, a movement called "tobogganing", which allows them to conserve energy and move relatively fast at the same time.
Penguins have an excellent sense of hearing. Their eyes are adapted for underwater vision, and are their primary means of locating prey and avoiding predators; in air, conversely, they are nearsighted. Their sense of smell has not been researched so far.
They are able to drink salt water safely because their supraorbital gland filters excess salt from the bloodstream.  The salt is excreted in a concentrated fluid from the nasal passages.
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