by Nina Sabin - Travel Blog
We woke up today and it was Tuesday. That is because we time traveled as we went over the International Dateline.
At 10:45 am today we also crossed the equator. At the equator we do not experience the tilt of the earth’s axis as we do at home.
We all know that daytime length is the time between the beginning and end of the daytime period. The Earth's axis of rotation is tilted 23.44° to the line perpendicular to its orbital plane (the ecliptic) which causes the length of daytime to vary with the seasons.
However, something we did not know about was what happens at the equator. The daytime period always lasts about 12 hours and sees the shortest sunrise and sunset.
The sun rises and sets vertically - the path is nearly perpendicular to the horizon causing the sun to set (traverse the water’s plane) in about two minutes.
The afternoon was filled with more hula lessons. In fact, we only have three more practices before we perform for the entire ship.
There will be no more taped music we were practicing with. Now we are practicing with those who learned the ukuleles. So we are practicing twice a day. Once in the morning during the hula class and once in the afternoon during the ukulele class.
Today after the morning practice a group of us finally learned each other’s names and I found out one lady lives in the same community I do.
We are having dinner with her and her husband tomorrow night.
Since we had an extra hula practice, and I didn’t want to miss the Polyfit class; we didn’t have our bridge lesson today. Hopefully, we can work it in tomorrow.
I know I said I didn’t want to get too busy with activities on the ship, but that is not me. Plus, I am so happy there are so many dance opportunities.
Tonight’s entertainment was the comedian again. He was hilarious.
Tomorrow is our last day at sea before we arrive at Somoa. We turn our clocks back again but we lost a day so we are actually 17 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. It is so weird because before we passed the dateline we were six hours behind. What a strange thing to experience.