On the Eastern End of the Time Zone

I have long noticed that it gets dark earlier here in Hungary than it does in other places I have lived. Well, there is a simple reason for that: Hungary is on the eastern end of the Central European time zone. In Romania and Ukraine, which border Hungary, it’s an hour later. In Santiago de Compostela, Spain (nearly 3,000 kilometers west of here), it’s the same clock-time as here; yet because of Santiago’s relatively westerly location, the sun sets there at 18:11 today, two hours later than here.

Those are some of the peculiarities and incongruities of time as we have set it up.

Speaking of Santiago de Compostela, Bennett Voyles’s book Onward, Backward! A Ramble to Santiago–about the family’s bike-and-walking trip from Le Puy en Velay, France, to the very Santiago named several times here here–is now available! I have ordered a copy, which should arrive this week, I think.

And that is all for today.

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