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Date line, the day that never existed

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It will have been a few hours since we left Los Angeles on Air Pacific flight FJ811. We're IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, of a PACIFIC OCEAN IMMENSE, the largest on this planet we inhabit, in a day !! NONEXISTENT ! . No, we are not crazy. Not even Willy Fog stopped in this detail. Today will be, for the first time in our life, THE DAY WE WILL NEVER LIVE, THIS JULY 20, 2012.


It is a strange feeling just thinking about it. What will we be flying over? Surely there are still places to discover here too as people are still discovered in the Amazon. The LOST series also comes to mind, in which the protagonists fall from their Oceanic flight on a desert island disappeared in space and time from which they cannot leave (we will not tell Paula, I think we will run better luck)

But The most curious thing today is! NONEXISTENT ! What are we telling, aren't we living? or if? As fans of Willy Fog, how could it be otherwise, when I was little I could not understand why despite arriving 80 days later with 1 hour late, I had really arrived 79 days and therefore won the bet. Willy Fog always went east, and when he reached a place he looked at what time it was and changed his watch. When he arrived at GMT + 12 he went to GMT-11 and saw that the clocks were one hour ahead, when they were actually 23 hours behind their previous position. So he spent an hour ahead of his watch, as he had been doing, so that he lagged 24 hours from the correct local time. He was wrong. And one day "disappeared." The lesson of all this is that if you try to go around the world in 80 days you should ask not only what time it is, but what day

We since we left from A Coruña we have not really lost this day, but we have won hours. Especially on that flight from London to Los Angeles where we left at 04.05 and arrived at 07.05, just 3 hours on an 11 flight? No, that day we had already recovered 8 or 9 in a total.

While we are flying over the Pacific we have continued to recover hours, but nevertheless, when going to the West, when we would really have been recovering for about 12 hours, what we have done is to cross a harmless barrier that has made us go from -11 to +12. This is the so-called Date Line or Data Line

The use of the 180th Meridian as the international line of date change was devised by Sir Sandford Fleming in 1879 and reiterated in numerous congresses, including the one held in Washington in 1884, where it was decided to take as origin, both for the geographical length and for the time zones, the Greenwich Meridian.

It is because of that we have passed from July 19, 2012 to a flight that will land on July 21, 2012, without letting us live that July 20, 2012.

Going beyond our old friend Floren de Fmanega around the world, the opposite effect happened to him and also on these same dates. He lived on July 21, curiously the day we arrived, twice on his trip from Tonga to Samoa.

Of course, that will never happen again. Samoa, as seen in the updated DATALINE, has passed this year again to the schedule of its neighbors. If it was in 1892 when the Samoans had changed at least - oddly enough, curiously in leap year, so they lived 367 days, it was 2011 when they decided to cross this border again (as did the island of LOST, would it be Samoa?) Living 363 days, and being already on December 31, 2011 on the other side of this transparent barrier. If we reach the islands of Samoa we will talk more about this topic. Of course, we would like everything we have read about them.

Today (although it does not exist) also exactly 2 years ago (07/20/2010) that one of our inspirers to start this dream adventure of children, Jorge Sánchez, will dedicate us “My trip to the Pacific Archipelagoes” He just asked for it and quickly sent it to us by mail, a book in which Jorge tells his adventures coming from Russia and banging through Micronesia, until he reaches Polynesia and ends in Melansesia, a book worthy of a great traveler who has stepped on the 193 countries of this planet as well as many other challenges, and in which he relates as sleeping on isolated islands, keeping coconuts or crabs and looking for life, he can move forward in an area of ​​the planet where the earth has no continuity. ! Thank you very much Jorge!

We look out the window and only see ocean. We really see the Pacific Ocean, the one with the largest extension of water and the one with the greatest depth on our planet. An underwater world full of life in its interior and wonderful shapes and views where the reefs, the labyrinth of small seas that make it up, islands, straits and bays, mangroves, meanders and coastal marshes on its coasts have served as sources for the imagination of so many writers and adventurers who traced hundreds of stories and legends with feathers of fire.

The truth is that we do not even know what we are writing this ... !! THAT THIS DAY DOES NOT EXIST !! Hehehe The fact is that for families to remain calm, we are already sitting in a small cafeteria in Nadi Airport, Fiji, waiting for our connection of just 1 hour and 20 minutes with Port Vila. Today is possibly the hardest day (or not day) of the entire trip, but we have already reached our destination area. From here they are all small flights of maximum 2 hours.



He has given for a lot this Friday, July 20, 2012, the day that never existed. Families, friends, readers, it is possible that we are 3 DAYS DISAPPEARED since if we manage to reach Tanna, there will be no internet connection where we intend to stay in the middle of nowhere, at the foot of the Yasur Volcano, in the bay where Cook disembarked at the time. If you have no news is that we have managed to arrive and in 3 days you will have news (especially for the family). Until then ... a very big bicazo

Isaac and Paula, just landed at the Nadi airport (Fiji)

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