Back In The Auld Sod
I'm happy to say that my very long flight made it without running out of fuel ... Greenland didn't look too hospitable , all I could see was lots of snow . Got very bumpy for a while but not white knuckle bumpy . I still find it a marvel of modern life that I can walk into this aluminum tube with wings and step out of it on the other ( almost ) side of the Earth . I worked on part of the SFO construction a few years ago and got pretty close to 747 Beasts as they rolled down the runway and seemed to magically levitate !! It goes against logic as you stand there as it lifts off the ground like a huge graceful bird . Even knowing the physics of the process it is mesmerizing to watch a plae lift off .
Ten to twelve hours later , depending on the headwind after crossing a Continent and the Atlantic Ocean I step off in the Country of my birth . Ireland can look really dismal ( England and Scotland , Wales ) in the cold wet winters when you rarely see the Sun , it appears later and goes away sooner , 3 to 4 PM and it's dark already . The Summer months make up for this by allowing you to sit outside at midnight and read a book without artificial light . You think it's maybe 8 PM and it's actually close to midnight !! and you get only 4 hours of real dark night . The birds are out with the dawn chorous at 4:30 or 5 AM , can be very annoying and you need blackout curtains to get any sleep ad double glazed windows to lose the birdsong !
The plane was a widebody A360 I think , 4 in the middle and two either side and only half full which is reassuring during this lague we are dealing with . Everyone wore the N95's and kept their distance so it all felt quite safe . After the flight I had a four hour busride to get home and a cab for ten minutes after the bus . The bus had every second row of seats unoccupied , very reassuring . Unfortunately the bus , believe it or not , did not have a toilet on board which we all know means zero eating and very little drinking . There was a five / 10 minute bathroom stop at Longford , half way across the country . I got on at the First Stop and got off on the opposite side of the country , the Wild West . I flew West to East across the US and then when landed I crossed the whole country , Ireland from East to West . There is a perfectly good airport only a half hour from my house with a runway that can take the biggest lanes that fly . Unfortunately the people who decide these things do not run international flights out of there ( Knock Airport ) . The result is that people from this side ( West ) of Ireland have to drive or Bus for hours just to get on a plane . I know, there are practical reasons for this so that's just how it is .
It's a pain in the neck ( and the Butt !!) But when you think how long this journey took in years gone by you see how far we have come , allowing us to see the rest of the world and it's people and hopefully broaden our understanding of the world as a whole , our similarities and our differences . This interaction is what brings some understanding of the things that keep us apart and the things that bring us together ..
Eamon out ....now for a long sleep , to get my circadian rhythm back to normal !!