If for Jules Verne an excursion around the world took 80 days in a hot air balloon, in can now be done in nearly the blink of an eye (so to speak). I left Singapore on Saturday, arrived in Washington, DC on Saturday (moving at Einsteinian speed of light), and then landed in Rome on the following Tuesday. The world has become a very compressed place indeed.
If not a full circle around the earth, it’s still 18 time zones or roughly three-quarters of the circumference of the globe. When you factor in the movement north from the equator to DC, and back south to Italy, perhaps we might authentically consider this a full trip around the world. But nevermind. Whereas on Saturday I was eating rice and chicken, Tuesday I am eating pizza bread, tomatoes and pesto. Life in the fast lane of the global village.