This morning, standard time has finally come into effect here on the east coast of the United States.
Each week I am lucky enough to travel the world and enter the homes of my students who are scattered all over the world. But this means having an agenda that must take into account the various time zones and the different adjustments that occur behind the scenes. I will talk to you about the different holidays that each country observes in a next post!
I prefer customers from Hawaii. Partly because of the colors of the rooms and voices, and partly because they never change the time. They always use the Hawaiian time so with them I just have to be careful of the time of the country where I am, that is, in which of the six time zones in the United States or in which of the eleven time zones in Europe I am.
The Hawaiian Islands are in the time zone minus ten hours compared to Greenwich Mean Time, which is the zero time zone.
Then I have all the customers scattered around the U.S. ranging from the time zone of the West Coast, for example Los Angeles, minus eight to that of the East Coast, like Boston and New York, minus five.
Obviously there are two americas and I’m lucky enough to work with Argentines and Brazilians, other countries with very involving colors and rhythms, which are in the time zone minus three.
Then we move on to Europe, with England in time zone zero and the bulk of my Italian, French, Swiss and German customers in time zone plus one.
Then we move on to another hot country, Saudi Arabia, which stands at more than three, and Oman, which stands at more than four.
Russia is a complicated country, the Moscow area stands at more than three, while the rest of the country reaches even more than twelve. Luckily my customers are all mainly Muscovites.
My most demanding customers, those who are in “modern” China, essentially Hong Kong and Beijing, follow closely. Like the Hawaiian islands, they never change their legal/solar time and they stay in the time zone plus eight. I’ve also had customers in Japan, but generally they prefer to come here to the United States for Full Immersions.
Last, but not least, my favourite customers arrive, the New Zealanders who are in their time zone plus twelve and who are the first, or last, to change daylight saving time and solar time.
In practice, my typical workday takes place in 32 hours of work, scattered around the world, in three different languages!
The time changes for this year are also over. It starts again on March 11th when Canada will be the first to adopt daylight saving time and will end on April 1st with New Zealand.