Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sun Time


Coming from a time-oriented, time-conscious culture to a place where time is still governed by the sun takes some adjustment. In Samoa the length of day varies by only about one hour throughout the year, but even that small difference has major repercussions. Summertime, our winter, when the days are longer, time is said to “fast”. Wintertime time is said to be “slow” and what usually happens one hour after sunrise in the summer, now is one hour after sunrise in the winter. Sun time sure beats watch-time. No one is ever late, especially if is a cloudy day.

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