Weekly travel rail, with a guide to a falconry program at the Hershey Resort, the newest airline fee, tips on converting Celsius (metric) to Fahrenheit and more.


 


American Tourist: Hershey falconry program

What is it: The Hotel Hershey – part of the Hershey Entertainment & Resorts – is offering a special falconry program through October. Program participants will be able to learn about falconry, see live demonstrations and more. The Hershey property – located in Hershey, Pa. – includes many non-falconry activities, too, including Hersheypark (an amusement park), ZooAmerica (admission is free for falconry program participants) and more.  

The hotel: The Hotel Hershey, built in the 1930s, is a historical landmark, four-star hotel located on a hilltop overlooking Hershey. The Hotel Hershey's architectural style has Spanish and Italian influences, mosaic tiles and archways, and a villa-style balcony overlooking the twinkling lights of Hershey and the expanse of Hershey Gardens. Historic photographs and original artwork line the halls and decorate guest room walls, as well as the Iberian Lounge, which takes the guest back in time to dim, fireplace-lit cigar lounges.

The falconry program: According to Hershhepa.com, “The Falconry Experience by The Hotel Hershey will acquaint participants with the history of man’s relationship with raptors and the evolution of falconry. It will include free-flight demonstrations, a simulated hunt demonstration, and an opportunity for participants to hold a majestic bird of prey. The program will be run by master falconer Jack Hubley.” 

Location: Hershey is about 15 miles from Harrisburg, about 95 miles from Philadelphia and about 90 miles from Baltimore.

Price: $80 for resort guests (kids 8-12 are $65), and $85 ($70) for non-guests.

Sources/more information: Wikipedia.org; http://www.hersheypa.com/falconry; http://www.hersheypa.com; http://www.thehotelhershey.com; http://www.hersheyboards.com; http://www.hersheypark.com

Good to Know

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Travel Tip: Understanding the temperature in Celsius

- From Celsius (metric) to Fahrenheit, double the number and add 30. From Fahrenheit to Celsius, subtract 30 and divide in half. This is not exact and it won't work for much higher or lower temps, but it will be close enough to understand what the temperature is.

- For the mathematically inclined: Fahrenheit=(C*1.8)+32. Celsius=(F-32)/1.8

- A nice little poem to remember for Celsius: Zero is freezing, 10 is not, 20 is warm, and 30 is hot.

Talk Like a Local: Polish

I can't speak Polish.

- Nie mówie po polsku (nyeh moo-vyeh poh pol-skoo)

Do you speak English?

- Czy mówisz po angielsku? (chih moo-vish poh ahng-gyel-skoo?)

Is there someone here who speaks English?

- Czy ktos tu mówi po angielsku? (tch-y ktosh too moo-vee poh anhng-yel-skoo)

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