I live in a city and with the light pollution, we hardly ever see any stars in the sky. So whenever I go on non-urban holidays, it is the one thing I look forward to. The inky black sky with the many twinkling stars. I imagine the Milky Way and the other galaxies all whirling around and the fact that the light that we see now has travelled millions of light years to get to us. About how Earth “won the lottery” and has a sentient life form and how there may be another ‘Earth-like’ planet somewhere out there in another galaxy.
Unfortunately I do not have any usable pictures of stars twinkling against an inky black sky. However, it got me thinking about our own star – our Sun. We see it rise and set every day and do not give it a second thought.
Sunset at Jimbaran Bay, Bali
My trip to Bali in 2007 was one of the first trips that I had with my friend who has since become my travel buddy. We have since gone on multiple trips together but this was the first one where we had ventured to a foreign country using our hard-earned money.
On our first night there, the hotel suggested we grab a seafood dinner on the beach of Jimbaran Bay. We were staying at Seminyak and Jimbaran Bay was about a 20 minute drive from there.
We reached there about 5.30pm, picked a restaurant, ordered our food and waited while the sun began to set. It was a beautiful sunset.
While it was setting, I sat there thinking about how lucky I was to be there and the wanderlust to see the world and other sunsets sprung up in me. There have since been many more sunsets – of note for me are the ones I have seen in Zadar, Croatia and Firostefani, Santorini.
Take a Moment
Those sunsets have been the ones which I have seen while travelling. However, when I do see the sun setting as I head back home from work, I do try and take a moment, and thank the higher powers, for the life that I have been given, for the experiences which I have had, and for the star we call our Sun.