Chile and the time zone 4


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OK, crossing over the border from Peru to Chile was the 1st time, I think, that I’ve ever gone directly south and had the time zone change. Not only did it go forward. . . it went forward by TWO hours.

Its Daylight Savings Time on crack.

Isn’t the general concept of time zones that when you move east or west that you adjust the time to compensate? South?

I’m about to go get dinner in Santiago. At 10 p.m. Why? Because I’m not sure there is anyplace to go until 9 p.m. or so. Hell, it didn’t get dark until about 9 as it was.

The guidebook says something like, “don’t bother to go to the bars until 1 a.m., no one is there before then.” Ummmmmm. I’m old. Its official.

And I think Buenos Aires might just be the end of me.


About Michael Hodson

I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.

4 thoughts on “Chile and the time zone

  • kittybrunette

    Hi there,I’m your cousin Jane! My dad is your dad’s little brother, Bill, and he told me about your blog, so I thought I’d check it out and let you know that it’s awesome that you are able to do something like this.I’m in South Bend, IN (home of Notre Dame) and am a writer. That’s about it! Have a great time in Buenos Aires.-j

  • Ed Coffin

    Hey Mike,After reading about the bus rides, it’s apparent that the time zone shift is a benevolent thing. Your time on the planet is shorter, and the southbound shift reflects both Chile’s officaldom, and you risk falling off the end of the earth! Nahhhh …. interesting though!Ed

  • SoloTraveler

    Hola Jane, Thanks for the encouragement.You got any leads on a book agent for me? ;)Or some places to publish any of my stuff on the road?

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