I admit to feeling a little sad as I dictate this post today. I am sad but proud. Sad because today is the last day of Bloganuary 2022, and proud because I’ve completed my second Bloganuary event with a month’s worth of posts, as I did my first event last year.
It’s been amazing and I have met supportive people who took time to click on my posts and to whom my post stood out. Thank you.
On to today’s post.
Sunsets are one of my favorite things. In fact, my project for Camp NaNoWriMo one year was a book draft with my observations about life, in which I included the more personal side of my life (disability-related things and daily routines) to things I love and don’t like, as well as my take on life’s ups and downs.
Why do I love a sunset? I love the colors, and how they seem to mix together and explode over the sky. I love how pretty a sunset looks. To me, it looks as if an artist has spilled paints all over the sky, or as if a makeup artist has spilled makeup.
To watch the sunset where I grew up, I did not have to leave the house. My bedroom was at the front of the house, and I loved how the light would my bedroom with a warm glow as the last of the sun’s rays came in the window. Or if I were in the garden, which was a real sun trap, I’d enjoy the sunset there and how it colored the sky.
“Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight” mum would always say, and I’d love the pink-red, orangr and yellow hues.
In winter, if the day had been cold, crisp and bright as it sometimes was, I’d hope to get a glimpse of the sunset before darkness closed in around 3;30 PM. Which was when a school day ended. So I’d watch the sunset on the way home.
I much prefer the few extra hours of daylight in the winter in Madrid, where it’ll get dark around 6:30PM in the winter.
There are many slopes and hills around the city to watch sunsets from. Although my wheelchair is good at slopes, there is a limit to how much of a slope it can climb. I prefer to be somewhere flat.
We went to a park in the summer that I think will be a good place to watch a sunset. Parque del Oeste. There are slopes there, as it’s basically on a hill. I’d watch the sunset from a flatter area within the park. You can take a cable car ride in this park over Casa de Campo which is an area with a lot of trees. I expect a sunset there will be spectacular. If only the cable cars were wheelchair accessible…
Our nearest park is a nice place, although in winter we don’t make it a habit to stick around there too late because I feel the cold so quickly. Summer sunsets are amazing there, or in fact wherever we are, because most of the time there’s so much sun and it can be very bright.
A sunset from restaurant we had our wedding meal at would have been great. The daytime views were amazing.
I’ve always wanted to admire the view from the top of the Torre de Moncloa (Moncloa tower) and wonder if we’ll ever get to do that. The tower has a restaurant, and panoramic views.
I’d pick a Spanish sunset any day. I’ve seen sunsets from parks and streets. Even the sunsets I’ve watched from my hospital rooms at the times I’ve been hospitalized have brought me comfort. I saw the dawn from my hospital room once, and that was just as beautiful.
My gran always said there’s no need to be anywhere than England for great countryside, and beautiful scenery. And she’s right: I’m lucky to have been born in a country where there’s an abundance of green countryside. I do miss south Oxfordshire’s hills and valleys. And sunsets over the Thames.
The views from the main library on the campus I studied at, Reading University’s Whiteknight’s campus, are something I have never forgotten, and this was a favorite place of mine. I love Shinfield Park where the campus is located. It’s a busy yet peaceful place and not too far from the centre of Reading.
I have so many happy memories from my time there.
I’m a city person at heart, an urbanite. Whether it’s Oxford, Reading, London or Madrid, there are so many beautiful places to watch the sunset.
I’ve heard Ibiza is a great place for sunsets. So far, I’ve never been there but the sunsets in rural areas of Tenerife, Comunidad Valenciana and Menorca were spectacular too.
Where is the best place to watch the sunset near you?
Thanks to WordPress and the Bloganuary team for an amazing event that always makes me think outside of the box when blogging, and explore some themes I never have before.
This is a cause for celebration. As is the fact that this is my 2000th post on my blog. Thanks to those who have followed my blog this month and to my other followers.
See you for Bloganuary next year.