Thursday, September 29, 2005

We have lift-off!

So as if the excitement of the impending trip to Paris wasn't enough, I experienced my first ride in a helicopter today.

What fun! This is definitely the transport mode of choice, people. No traffic jams, no queuing at check-in in the airport, no smelly hobo next to you like on the train or bus. The whirlybird re-defines everything you've ever known about getting from A to B.

It's a little disconcerting at first when suddenly you realise you're flying but there are no wings to be seen out the windows, but after a while it's just plain cool!

The reason, you ask?

Well, believe it or not, it was a favour for a friend. She works at a place that hires out helicopters for aerial tours of Dublin, and they don't like the chopper to go up without all the seats filled, so she rang me up this afternoon and asked if we'd like to pretend to be paying customers in order to fill the two empty seats.
It's a tough job, but someone has to do it :-)

But shh! It's a secret - don't tell okay!

So here's what Dublin looks like from the air:

Just after takeoff

South side of Dublin bay
Sorry it's a little blurry - apart from some distinct bumpiness, the weather today is not great. Actually, it pretty much sucks. As much as I'm refusing to accept it, Summer has left the Emerald Isle and probably won't be back for, oh, another 10 months or so. I even had to haul my long boots out yesterday :-(

But that's all I got for you for now. Too much excitement in TerriLand to be writing any more. I'm reasonably sure my next post will contain pics of the Eiffel Tower and such.

Try to contain yourselves - seeya next week!


Ben O. said...

Hey Terri - that is really cool.

I bet it was a blast. The pics look great.

Ben O.

BUDDESS said...

It is official. I am moving to Dublin!!! I want to live in TerriLand too. I don't mind the cold honest I don't. Enjoy your trip to Paris!!!!

[cneat] - description of TerriLand

Lori said...

Wow a helicopter ride sounds like fun, the pics were great. Have a wonderful time this weekend.

ChittyChittyBangBang! said...

Terri, you lucky girl!
Have a great time in Paris... and do all the things I would do and more!

Terri said...

Thanks, Ben!

Buddess - You might not feel the same after a couple of winters here.

Lori - thanks, it was fun, and I will.

Chitty - I will, and I might ;-)

anne said...

Have fun! And be good, I'll be watching. ;)

LiVEwiRe said...

I'm so jealous! Have fun and enjoy it all!

kan said...

Great photos!

I just did the same thing in New York City!

Feels great doesn't it!

kyknoord said...

Looks like they'll have to rename it 'The Sapphire Isle'.

Gunnella said...

Lucky you :-D Awesome!!