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Finkenwerder is a quarter of the urban center of Hamburg-Mitte (click) in Northern Germany. It’s the location of a private airport and an Airbus commercial airplane plant. The Port of Hamburg covers parts of it and it borders the Elbe river and Hamburg-Altona. Finkenwerder is divided into an industrial area and rural parts with fruit orchards, growing apples and other seasonal fruit. The quarter is not serviced by the rapid transit system of the city, but public transport is provided by Hamburg buses and ferries crossing the Elbe river.

Dockland area at Rheinauhafen in Köln (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfalen, Northwestern Germany. Rheinau harbor is an urban regeneration project on the Rhein river south of Cologne’s historic old town. It spans 2 km and commenced with an urban design competition in the early 1990s, followed by construction lasting from 2002 to 2011. The project comprises 15 hectars of waterfront land, mostly used for offices, cultural sights, hotels, and dwellings. The former commercial port is now being used as a marina and the area is home to many companies of the creative industry. The German Sport & Olympia Museum and the Imhoff Chocolate Museum are also located here.

Most of these are pretty famous. You can take this as a masterlist for places to set your roleplay in but mainly I would recommend it for road trip/travel/summer type roleplays. The comments beside each section are not my own and taken from people online who know more about the places and/or Wikipedia articles. 

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Belfast (from Irish: Béal Feirste, meaning “mouth of the sandbanks”) is the administrative capital and largest city of Northern Ireland. Most of Belfast is in County Antrim, but parts of East and South Belfast are in County Down. It is on the flood plain of the River Lagan.

By population, it is the fourteenth largest city in the United Kingdom and second largest on the island of Ireland. It is the seat of the devolved government and legislative Northern Ireland Assembly. The city of Belfast has a population of 286,000 and lies at the heart of the Belfast Urban area which has a population of 483,418 and the Belfast Metropolitan Area, which has a population of 579,276. The Larger Urban Zone, as defined by the European Union, has a total population 641,638. Belfast was granted city status in 1888.

Historically, Belfast has been a centre for the Irish linen industry (earning the nickname “Linenopolis”), tobacco production, rope-making and shipbuilding: the city’s main shipbuilders, Harland and Wolff, which built the well-known RMS Titanic, propelled Belfast on to the global stage in the early 20th century as the biggest and most productive shipyard in the world. Belfast played a key role in the Industrial Revolution, establishing its place as a global industrial centre until the latter half of the 20th century. Industrialisation and the inward migration it brought made Belfast, if briefly, the biggest city in Ireland at the turn of the 20th century and the city’s industrial and economic success was cited by unionist opponents of Home Rule as a reason why Ireland should shun devolution and later why Ulster unionists in particular would fight to resist it.

Today, Belfast remains a centre for industry, as well as the arts, higher education and business, a legal centre, and is the economic engine of Northern Ireland. The city suffered greatly during the period of conflict called the Troubles, but latterly has undergone a sustained period of calm, free from the intense political violence of former years, and substantial economic and commercial growth. Belfast city centre has undergone considerable expansion and regeneration in recent years, notably around Victoria Square. Belfast is served by two airports: George Best Belfast City Airport in the city, and Belfast International Airport 15 miles (24 km) west of the city. Belfast is also a major port, with commercial and industrial docks dominating the Belfast Lough shoreline, including the famous Harland and Wolff shipyard. Belfast is a constituent city of the Dublin-Belfast corridor, which has a population of three million, or half the total population of the island of Ireland.


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Τhessaloniki, the geographical and historical capital city of Macedonia during the centuries (Greece).

Thessaloniki (Greek Θεσσαλονίκη), is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of the region of Central Macedonia as well as the capital of the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace.

Thessaloniki is Greece’s second major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre, and a major transportation hub for the rest of southeastern Europe; its commercial port is also of great importance for Greece and the southeastern European hinterland.

The city is renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life.

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Crimea’s Sevastopol harbor has witnessed a lot of history. Hitler occupied this naval city. Liberating it cost many lives. The harbor has been home to the Black Sea Fleet since Catherine the Great’s time, during the Cold War and beyond (Russia leased the port from Ukraine). I remember fearing Soviet power as a child, hearing about Soviet subs spying on the US and the West - many of the navy veterans on those subs have proudly settled here in the city of Sevastopol- and they supported the Russian annexation this year. Today, the harbor is a symbol of transition. Ukrainian flags on some subs have been replaced by Russian navy flags. Much of the commercial port is being nationalized by Russia, but Ukrainian colors remain for now on some facilities.

Τhessaloniki, the geographical and historical capital of Macedonia over  the centuries.

Today Thessaloniki (Greek Θεσσαλονίκη), is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of the region of Central Macedonia as well as the capital of the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace.

Thessaloniki is Greece’s second major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre, and a major transportation hub for the rest of southeastern Europe; its commercial port is also of great importance for Greece and the southeastern European hinterland.

The city is renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant Cultural

itsgettinghyakinhere  asked:

Alright, so I have a question for you. At my facility we have penguins, sea lions, sharks, sea turtles and all the other razzmatazz. Yet even then our earliest shift starts at 7:30 in the morning, and sometimes even later than that (switches to 8:30 sometimes) Now I realise Seaworld is a TON bigger than the place I work at, but is there any specific reason your guys fish prep shifts start so early, or do you just have so much fish you need to get started so early to get it all out in time?

OH BOY HOWDY is this gonna ever be the loooooongest response you never wanted. My department (Animal Care) has a hand in preparing and delivering the fish to every single marine mammal area in the park whether we work with those animals directly or not. There are two early-early shifts. The Wild Arctic food prep shift which starts at 4AM, and the North Food Prep (NFP) shift that begins even earlier. Wild Arctic has a big enough freezer to stockpile food for about a week. The other mammal areas do not have big freezers of their own, so they rely on things to be delivered from the main Zoological Operations Commissary. The following includes only food prep for the marine mammals who specifically eat fish. The manatees have their own lettuce cooler. 

For the NFP shift, two or three Animal Care staffers arrive at the main commissary at 3:00AM, sometimes 2:30 if there are manatee calves who need fed around the clock. These two or three people will handle an average of 3000lbs of fish during the shift. There are medical procedures to be done in the morning, and first training sessions and feeds often start as early as 7:00AM. So, this all has to be done and over with as fast as humanly possible. It’s a lot of fish, dudes. I’ll use capelin as an example. Right now we are thawing 62 boxes (flats) of capelin which are 22lbs each. This does not include the still-frozen boxes delivered to Whale and Dolphin Theater and Sea Lion and Otter Stadium. It’s a lot, and that’s JUST the capelin.

When you first arrive at the shift, probably yawning and maybe momentarily questioning your life choices, you immediately begin the “break out”. Which is the process of pulling out the racks of fish from the cooler that’s been thawing for 24hrs and getting all of the still-actually-very-frozen fish into the sinks to begin the water thaw. While it’s thawing, you wash the racks and scrub the floor of the cooler. The boxes the fish were packed in are flattened and taken to the recycling center at some point during the deliveries.

Next, we grab the pallet jack and go into the freezer to get the pallets of fish boxes (we call them flats…because they are sort of flat I guess?) that were made by the shift the day before.  It’s about -20ºF in there, and windy from the blowers, and you’re probably already wet. So it feels…nice. You wheel the whole pallet into the kitchen and load up the racks for the next day and push them all back into the cooler. Rinse and repeat. There are two pallets worth that need to go on the racks each day. 

Tired? LOL TOO BAD! Next, you drain the water from the sinks and start bucketing the fish. While one person is weighing out individual diets for the animals we specifically care for (like the otters and dolphins in the back area and Dolphin Nursery) the other person is loading up buckets which are clustered in rows based on where they’ve gotta go. We have a big board that tells us who needs what and how many buckets go where, but generally we count out stacks of buckets the day before so the poor tired 3AM person doesn’t have to brain too much. We do 30# buckets of capelin and 25# buckets of herring. We do this by feel so we don’t have to sit there and weigh each one. AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT. Generally you use a 5gal bucket to scoop the fish out and then pour it into the buckets on the floor. Picture the motion of quickly flipping a bucket when making a sand castle. The buckets of fish are then iced and loaded up onto a truck with a flat metal bed and delivered to the stadiums. There, the trainers weigh out individual diets using what we brought.

At some point, you or your compadre may have ducked out to bottle feed any baby manatees before coming back into The Battle. 

The dolphin stadium does not get any thawed fish. There’s a pallet in our freezer (again, sorted the day before) of frozen boxes for them. We load that up in either a golf cart or the truck depending on preference and deliver the frozen flats to them. They leave the empty rack out for us and we load it and push it into their cooler for them. That’s the stuff they’ll be using the NEXT day as they’ve got the stuff in the cooler we brought the day before that’s been thawing for 24hrs. They have a big enough kitchen that they can do the thaw themselves.

The sea lion stadium shares a kitchen and cooler with the pacific point habitat. They get half and half thawed buckets and frozen flats. They have their own pallet in the freezer, too.

Shamu gets an Imperial buttload of thawed fish in buckets…It’s in the ballpark of 1000lbs a day. We drive it over there and the Night Watch Trainer helps us unload and then they immediately begin weighing out the killer whales’ individual diets. We then drive off into the…shit it’s nowhere near sunrise yet.

Dolphin Cove gets thawed buckets delivered as well. This used to be an Animal Care area from 1996-2015 until Training took over.

We also make up one random 10lbs bucket of capelin for aviculture. This is used for any fish-eating birds they have in rehabilitation. 

Exhausted? Suck it up, buttercup! It’s time to CLEAN ALL THE THINGS! So now you clean the commissary A.K.A. “Fish House” because it looks like it’s been hit by a scaly, fishy tornado. Better not leave even a single herring scale stuck to any of the surfaces in there!

At this point, it’s about 6:00AM. We do all that in 3 HOURS. You gotta MOVE, man. This is not a slow, sleepy activity. It’s like the most hardcore thing some fitness coach could ever imagine, but more smelly and with weirder weights. The dude who does Insanity would have a proud tear in his eye.

If you are lucky, you will now have time to take a shower. Pray there is time, because you’ve probably got fish gak all over you, herring scales stuck all over any exposed skin, and fishy water and herring blood down your boots. You smell so bad that your own mother would question her love for you. 

If you try extra hard, you might be able to scrub away 80% of the stench of an entire Gloucester commercial fishing port from your body and maybe cram a protein bar into your face before it’s time for the first round of feeds and/or any morning medical procedures or animal moves that are scheduled. The dolphins need breakfast and require prompt and friendly service or they’ll blast you on Yelp. So have fun getting that already-wet body into your wetsuit! Do the dance. DO IT! Maybe take a moment to admire the giant bucket bruises on your legs. These come from the bucket rims repeatedly hitting you in the same place on your thighs as you carry them. You earned them summabitches and you should be proud.

At some point during your shift (you’re there until 11:30 or 12:30 depending, it’s a long day) you gotta bundle up and go into the freezer to “make pallets”. Basically building fish flat pallets to be used in this same process the next day. If you’ve been keeping track, this means that between breakout, re-filling the cooler racks, and making up pallets for the next day you and your co-worker(s) have basically lifted and thrown around 3000lbs of fish THREE TIMES. 

You can then go home and eat WHATEVER THE GODDAMN HELL YOU WANT in whatever quantity you want and God help anyone who tries to judge you for it.

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Thessaloniki, the geographical and historical capital of Macedonia over the centuries,Greece

Thessaloniki (Greek Θεσσαλονίκη), is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of the region of Central Macedonia as well as the capital of the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace.

Thessaloniki is Greece’s second major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre, and a major transportation hub for the rest of southeastern Europe; its commercial port is also of great importance for Greece and the southeastern European hinterland.

The city is renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general, and is considered to be Greece’s cultural capital.

Thessaloniki, MacedoniaIsGreece

Τhessaloniki, the geographical and historical capital of Macedonia over  the centuries.

Today Thessaloniki (Greek Θεσσαλονίκη), is the second-largest city in  Greece and the capital of the region of Central Macedonia as well as the capital of the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace.

Thessaloniki is Greece’s second major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre, and a major transportation hub for the rest of southeastern Europe; its commercial port is also of great importance for Greece and the southeastern European hinterland.

The city is renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant Cultural live.