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Actual Timing of Full Circle trip by Rampant on 3 February 2014 2:14pm
Just finished reading Full Circle, and I'm a bit confused about the dates when it actually happened. As I understand, it started at the end of August 1995, and this is also supported by the fact in Tokyo when the counter for the then future Nagano Winter Olympics was mentioned - by using that counter in the book and the Nagano Olympics start date, it's easy to calculate that it was Oct 1 (I may be one or two days off but not more) at day 34. Then on Philippines there's a phrase about Christmas rapidly approaching, although, if I count from the Tokyo date, it should have been just the beginning of December (or even end of November). But the biggest confusion I have about the American part. When travelling on the Amazon in Peru, Michael tells us about listening to the radio comments from the Euro'96 game between England and Spain. It happens on day 193. If day 34 is Oct 1, then day 193 is in the beginning of March. But Euro happened three months later! Then, in the US and Canada there are referrals to Atlanta Olympics - this ties back timing wise, provided the Amazon trip happened in June. All this tells me that there has been a break during the trip. I know there has been a temporary return mentioned in the book between Indonesia and Austraila - but that's been for a few days… not three months.

I've tried to google the actual dates but failed to find an explanation. Can anyone help me? :)
Re: Actual Timing of Full Circle trip by Ken Dunn on 3 February 2014 7:24pm
As far as I can remember Michael's wife took ill when he was in Australia so he came home for a while before continuing the journey.
Re: Actual Timing of Full Circle trip by Rampant on 5 February 2014 6:00pm
He mentions in the book that she's got the surgery when he's been in Philippines/Indonesia, so he flew back between Indonesia and Australia. However, this counts in the days - there's a small gap between two countries. And I'm surprised not to see the bigger gap at any other point further, regardless of the circumstances. It turns out that from some moment the days counter was not exactly as it should have been, and it's surprising not to mention the break, regardless of the reasons, as it creates confusion. Especially given that several times during the book there is something like "we have been away from our families and friends for all those 150/180/220 days" which, in fact, seems to be a bit not true.
Re: Actual Timing of Full Circle trip by outbasket on 1 August 2014 5:55pm
Hey Rampant,

I did a post about the timings of Full Circle. Full Circle Edited, dated in 2009. - Watched Full Circle DVD by outbasket


I liked 80 days the best as it was the only trip that went straight through. All the other series were done in pieces. I think Full Circle was just too big an endeavor. I once took 18 months and traveled around the world and I have to say I was getting travel weary during the last 3 months. I can understand how hard it can be to be away from friends, family and the comforts of home. Watching Full Circle, I got the sense that the crew just wanted the trip to be over by the end of it.

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