Lost in Time

By Edward Pusateri
This item appears on page 52 of the April 2017 issue.
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This month’s winner is EDWARD PUSATERI of Chicago, Illinois:

I took my first cruise in November 2016. It was a Mediterranean cruise, with a crew that was always eager to be of help. 

At one point, I wanted to know the local time, so when I saw two crew members talking, I decided to ask them. Smiling and pleasant, as always, they told me the time. 

I also wanted to know if we would be passing through different time zones. I asked, “Will the time remain the same for the entire cruise?”

They looked at each other. Their smiles drained from their faces, and I got a blank stare. 

Time to reword the question!


Tell us about the funniest thing that happened to you while traveling in a foreign country. (ITN prints no info on destinations in the United States.) There are no restrictions on length. ITN staff will choose each month’s winner, who will receive a free one-year subscription to ITN. Include your full mailing address. Entries not chosen cannot be acknowledged. 

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This month’s winner is EDWARD PUSATERI of Chicago, Illinois:

I took my first cruise in November 2016. It was a Mediterranean cruise, with a crew that was always eager to be of help. 

At one point, I wanted to know the local time, so when I saw two crew members talking, I decided to ask them. Smiling and pleasant, as always, they told me the time. 

I also wanted to know if we would be passing through different time zones. I asked, “Will the time remain the same for the entire cruise?”

They looked at each other. Their smiles drained from their faces, and I got a blank stare. 

Time to reword the question!


Tell us about the funniest thing that happened to you while traveling in a foreign country. (ITN prints no info on destinations in the United States.) There are no restrictions on length. ITN staff will choose each month’s winner, who will receive a free one-year subscription to ITN. Include your full mailing address. Entries not chosen cannot be acknowledged.