For those of you who have not traveled vast distances from home, let me tell you; getting there and back is likely not to be the thing that is likely to be the toughest thing that you have to deal with. For me, the thing that is the hardest to keep straight in my mind is what time and day it is.
Part of this chronological dissonance is the fact that as I am ending my day, my colleagues in the UK are just starting theirs. As I start my day, my colleagues back home in the states are ending their previous day. As I sit here thinking about what I am about to order for breakfast on a lovely Thursday morning in Canberra, Saga is probably getting her Wednesday afternoon lunch in Denver.
This is freaky and I can tell you it would take me some time to get used to it. I could probably be here a month and not get used to it. Not that I want to try it, I've been on the road for two weeks and am missing my dog! I cannot wait to get back!
Oddly, one of the local stations carries the US morning news programs. They are delayed (this morning I was able to see what happened two days ago) but at least it is a bit of time that I can spend keeping in touch with the news from the states. Though the big news makes it here pretty fast; the settling of the debt ceiling crisis was here almost before it happened, I guess bad news just travels fast!
But still, I am not sure that I could get used to this without a serious effort. I am not sure that I really want to make that effort. I do miss the immediacy of proximity. I think I will have the spinach and tomato omelet today. It may be lunch time there, but it is time for breakfast here after all!
Wherever you are, I hope that you will have a great day, close to the ones you love.