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Timezone hopping

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Australia is a big country and it has therefore several time zones. Travelling the country also means adjusting the watch from time to time and get used to a new time zone.

My travels started in Sydney on the east coast. As this was my first stop in Australia I had to adjust my body to a difference of 10 hours to central European time. Done so I already had to get on a plane again and fly up north-west to Darwin. Usually, this would only be half an hour in time difference. But as the Northern Territories aren’t using daylight savings time, time difference is 1.5 hours. Lucky me, I had no problems to get used to the new time.

After spending two weeks in the N.T. I continued my trip even more to the west to Perth in Western Australia. And surprise, Perth is in different time zone again – another 1.5 hours ‘closer’ to home.

I will continue my trip by flying over to the east to Brisbane in Queensland on Sunday. “East coast, that’s plus three hours”, you might think now. But guess what, you’re wrong. It’s only a time difference of two hours. How come? Well, it’s very simple: Queensland is not using D.S.T. but New South Wales (the state Sydney is in) does.

As I’m flying back to Sydney four days later, I will again have to adjust my watch by one hour. This will be the last time zone change for a few weeks but it is not yet the end as I’ve planned to drive from Melbourne to Adelaide in January. While Victoria is within the same time zone like New South Wales, South Australia is in a time zone together with Darwin. Different then N.T. South Australia is using D.S.T. what reduces the time difference to only half an hour.

Before heading back to Switzerland, I will again be in Sydney. Just a small adjustment compared with the 10 hours that will be waiting for me when getting back home.

40 days to go

Friday, October 12th, 2012

It’s been three years since I’ve started this blog. The intention was to let my friends back home know how everything’s going on my round the world trip. Even after my round the world trip I kept posting from my trips all over the world. Now, after quite some time without any post (but also with close to no holidays) the blog is coming to live again. I’ll be having an 11-weeks break which I’ll be spending in Australia. This adventure is about to start in 40 days. Destinations are set, route is planned, details are open. Australia So, what’s the route? As always I’ll be flying from Zurich via Singapore to Sydney where I’ll be staying at Ivo’s and Monica’s place for the first weekend. I’ll then be doing a 10-days tour from Darwin to Alice Springs before heading even more west to Perth. After discovering Perth and the area south of it I’ll be returning to Sydney around Christmas. Time to go further south again – Melbourne is it. Via Great Ocean Road I’ll be traveling to Adelaide where a tour to Kangaroo Island is on my list (among heaps of other things). For the final bit of my holidays I’ll be in Sydney again.

A real adventure is about to begin…

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

I’m currently sitting at Sydney Domestic Airport and as I have some time left until boarding starts, I’m updating my blog.

It all started on Monday at Zurich Airport where I boarded my A380-flight to Singapore. Many of you might have heard about the problems with Rolls Royce engines but honestly: it’s worth taking the close-to-zero risk. This airplane is just an amazing construction. It’s silent like a train even when taking off.

After arriving in Singapore I had to hurry because boarding of my Sydney flight was said to have started some minutes before my arrival. At the gate I had first to leave behind my Absolut Vodka (why the hell isn’t it allowed to bring alcohol with you when being on transit?) and then to wait as boarding started a lot later then originally announced.

21 hours (that’s a new record) after take-off I said Hello to Ivo who was picking me up at the airport (he generously offered me a bed for a night).

And now, the real adventure starts. As you might have heard parts of Queensland (especially Rockhampton) are flooded and yesterday the Brisbane area was hit by a Tsunami.

According to the itinerary we were suposed to have a homestay at Rockhampton which might quite possibly not take place. As it’s really hard to find out how the situation really is in the other places I decided not to have a closer look at the itinerary until I know what Contiki plans to do with us. But I’m sure Contiki will handle the situation!