Deadly pirate attacks and a near collision with an oil tanker are just two of the dangers faced by the crews of today's container ships. 'Time Zones, Containers and Three Square Meals a Day', is the story of life on the high seas, where real adventures still exist. The author recounts her adventures on the container ship 'MV Serenity River' in this entertaining narrative travelogue. An unusual trip in a world that is usually hidden from view, and where working and living can become a struggle just because of the constant changing of the clocks. However, lifelong friendships are forged and dolphins play around the ship to the entertainment of everyone on board. But what happens when a hurricane force wind suddenly comes up in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and starts tossing the ship about like mad? Total number of pages: 334 (including 24 pages with pictures and 8 detailed maps)
Maria Staal was born in the Netherlands (1969). She studied construction engineering and specialised in architectural history. While living in York, United Kingdom, she wrote her first book 'Romans, Vikings, Churches and Chocolate', in which she highlights the fact that even in the modern streetscape, York's ancient history is still visible. Her second book 'From dissenters to fire engines' was also written in York and focuses on the city's nineteenth century churches.
Back in the Netherlands, Maria wrote about her adventures working on container ships in her book 'Time Zones, Containers and Three Square Meals a Day' and its sequel 'More Stories of Time Zones and Containers'.
'Time Zones' is Maria's first book that is now also available in Dutch under the title 'Tussen containers en tijdzones'.
Maria is currently working on a new three-part fictional series set in her 'home away from home' York.