Summer Days

The more I travel, the more fascinated I become with the diversity and contrast of this small planet of ours. Our recent trip to Africa highlighted the difference in the number of hours of daylight depending on where you are on the planet.

Tanzania has consistent daylight hours all year round, because it is so close to the equator. The sun rises at 6:30am, and sets at 6:30pm. It also rises and sets very quickly, as we discovered as we rose early to dismantle our tent every morning – we would start in darkness and finish, a few minutes later, in daylight.

It was initially strange to come back to the UK, where we are currently in mid-summer and have long days. The sun sets gradually here, and at the moment it’s still light at 9:30pm. The sun’s up by 5:00am, a good hour before my alarm clock goes off.

I enjoy living so far north of the equator in the summer. We pay the price, of course, for our summer days in mid-winter, when we get about six hours of daylight every day.

For now, though, winter is far away. It’s June and it’s warm, and I am enjoying the seemingly endless days of summer.

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