|Map of the world illustrating how the International Date Line affects each side of the line.|
Tonight at midnight, we’ll conceptually turn our clocks back 24 hours as we cross the International Date Line. Here in this part of the world, it’s May 1st today, May Day for many people worldwide who celebrate, and tomorrow it will be May Day, May 1st, once again. Also, we’ll experience two Mondays in a row.
As for May Day itself, it’s described as follows for those who celebrate aboard the ship. How unusual they’ll celebrate two days in a row:
“From and including Monday, May 25, 2015
To, but not including Monday, May 1, 2017
Result: 707 days
It is 707 days from the start date to the end date, but not including the end date.
Or 1 year, 11 months, 6 days excluding the end date.”
|The International Date Line on another map.|
Going forward, as we “go back,” we’ll have to redo our thinking when we communicate with family and friends when mentioning the day or date. Not only have we had to consider the date and day of the week, but we’ll experience many times changes as this cruise continues to North America.
Wondering why and how the International Date Line came to be, after some research, we found the following at this site:
Photo from one year ago today, May 1, 2016:
|Had we not been traveling the highway in Bali at such a clip, we’d have been able to take dozens of photos such as this of famous Balinese gods, kings, and queens. For more details, please click here.|