While travelling overseas, Iam always on the lookout for examples of Mathematics!
Of course the planning of a trip involves aspects of Mathematics too. For example, climate data, travel distances, time differences and currency conversions.
And so I was looking forward to a three week trip to Jordan and Syria where my Mathematical skills would be tested. I knew from previous travels, that with each problem or setback, there is always a [positive side].
ERROR #1: I took far too many clothes, it was much warmer than I expected. [The warm, sunny weather was beautiful.]
Our flight to Abu Dhabi on Etihad Airlines was excellent. The time difference was —–hrs. I noted the time at destination and adjusted my watch.
ERROR #2: Sitting in the airport cafe drinking coffee, thinking I had plenty of time. When I arrived at the departure gate my connecting flight had already left.
[Staying at the Abu Dhabi airport for 4 extra hours gave me plenty of time to appreciate the beautiful, hexagonal tesselated mosaic ceiling (pictured below). Also meeting some friendly, fellow travellers from other countries.]