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Daylight Saving time in Spain

shefollowsshells

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I know a few of us are departing in the next few weeks and thought I would share this for others. While it appears most if not all of Europe observes daylight savings time it is different then the Daylight savings time of the United States. The United States observed it about two weeks ago while France and Spain will be observing it within a few days of my arrival.
I noticed this as I was curious about sunrise and sunset on my trip and saw the change.

For those crossing the pond and who might not have noticed ... France and Spain spring forward March 30th during the night...
 
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Stephen Nicholls

Steve Nicholls, Suffolk, U.K.
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Hi, you who follows shells!
Yes, Spain follows the main European clock-change - which this year is in the early hours of Sunday 30th March.
We lose an hour sleep, so I'll probably be walking around like a zombie for a few days....

To be honest, I can't quite see the reason for this any more. Apparently it was once to reduce the number of candles that had to be burned: most of us have moved out of those times now .... I hope :)
Have a super camino ... I leave in eleven weeks [not that I'm counting, of course!]
 

november_moon

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While we don't burn candles anymore, we do use electricity to light our homes. So if we switch our clocks so that the hours of daylight match up more closely with the waking hours for most of the population, the we can take advantage of the natural light. We use less electricity, we can enjoy the outdoors more, etc.

I personally like that we change our clocks. Otherwise, in the summertime, the sun would come up very early and that light is wasted on most people. I'd much rather have the light in the evenings when I can actually use it. And in the winter time, when daylight is short, we change our clocks so that we aren't all spending half our mornings in the dark every day. It makes complete sense to me and I don't understand the aversion to the time change. So people are slightly out of sync for a couple days a year. I don't see that as a big deal compared with the pay off.
 

Kanga

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Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
It makes complete sense to me and I don't understand the aversion to the time change. So people are slightly out of sync for a couple days a year. I don't see that as a big deal compared with the pay off.

But daylight saving fades the furniture!
 

camino07

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Frances x5, Portuguese VdlP12, Sanabres, Aragones, Norte,Salvador,Primitivo, VdlP 17,Madrid18Norte
The West Aussies come up with many weird reasons for not having daylight saving!!! :rolleyes:
 
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