It's Monday and in seven days I'll be in Samoa...on Tuesday. Important travel situation here people! How do you do a countdown and cross the international dateline?
Samoa hasn't always been a day ahead of the US. When we were there a decade ago, Samoa was on our side of the dateline. It actually had the distinction of sitting smack dab on the dateline and celebrating the last sunset of every year at its westernmost edge. When I provided people directions to come visit us, I'd tell them to take the equator west to the international dateline and turn left, you'd find us after 12 degrees of latitude. Those directions still hold, but now, after switching sides of the dateline, Samoa sees the first sunrise of every year - rather than the last sunset.
Samoa is very fond of switching sides of things. While we were in country as volunteers, they switched the side of the road they drove on. The switch actually went off without much of a hitch. Thanks to this switch, I have had the joy of driving a left-hand drive car on the right side of the road AND a right-hand drive car on the left side of the road. Driving on the side of the road you are used to is way easier regardless of where the steering wheel is located, imho.
Anyway, in prepping for our trip, it's time for another flashback. So what were we up to nine years ago today? Well, it appears someone had left most of a dead cow in our neighbor's driveway. I don't want to surprise people with this image, so I am not posting it here. Check out the cow on the flickr.
And what were we up to eight years ago today? As it turns out, we were on vacation and I wouldn't blog for another four days. We beach vacationing where we took a pretty iconic photo from our time in Samoa.
From the blog though on July 15, I was taking note of the interchange of letters and the prevalence of gangsta culture in Samoa.
One more week...ish!