Time-shifting Toward Somerset
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I thought about you yesterday. I took out my carry-on to begin packing for a trip to the English countryside and remembered our trip. I’m only going for a week while we traveled with our carry-on for three plus weeks in 2005 with Class 34 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program.
Tomorrow I’m going to Somerset, a past and present incubator for literature in England. I believe I’ll get inspired. I wasn't expecting to go anywhere this late in the year until Timi, a dear writer friend (you’d love her), reserved this amazing castle for a week-long writing retreat. How could I stay home?
So, why if I haven’t left yet (and am not leaving until tomorrow), am I up at 4 am? I’m time-shifting, getting ready to share a time zone with Somerset in England. I leave tomorrow and am manipulating my circadian rhythm to avoid jet lag. Timeshifter, the app is called, really worked for me on a trip to Uganda earlier this year. I start a few days before I leave, plunging ahead of my trip (and later, during it for the transition back home) into cycles of light and darkness progressively earlier each day so that within a day or two of arriving at my destination I'm synced, never (or hardly ever) having experienced jet lag.
I wish we had Timeshifter when we did our Ag Leadership trip through Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, and Belgium in 2005. We barely had Facebook back then. I was ALWAYS sleepy on that trip.
And now before leaving for Somerset I’m thinking of you. What specifically?
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