This week’s picture is yet again filled with golden sun rays that we all crave so much during winter here in the UK.
Having just visited a good friend in Spain last weekend, sipping Rioja in a beach side cafe in 20 degrees in January made me think what I usually think when winter sun, somewhere warm strokes my cheeks… what the hell am I doing, living in the UK in the winter?
The ultimate goal for C and I is to be somewhere nice and warm during winter months and we can’t wait to the next part of our adventures at the end of 2014 that will be just that. But before we all start wishing our time away, which to me – living in the moment, is one of the biggest crimes you can commit, I’ll get back on track and share this amazing sunset in Aitutaki, Cook Islands.
It’s amazing how totally different people in totally different parts of the world can have a similar experience. That’s why I love sharing this project with Macca.
Macca in his photo of the week blog this week talks about Sunset in Bangladesh that was a stunning spectacle and one of those rare travelling moments in a foreign country when you can actually be on your own.
Travelling to the Cook Islands on my first travel writing trip that was a result of me sharing my Best Kept Travel Secret in an amazing gapyear.com competition was also my very first long haul solo trip.
It took me 37hours to get to the Cooks and boy was I relieved when I touched down in Rarotonga after what felt like a month in transit… But the next day and even more so, the evening of my first day in Aitutaki – one of the most beautiful Pacific lagoons was even more special.
After an afternoon nap nursing my tremendous jet lag and just about coming to terms with what was going on I stepped out of my beach front hut to see the above view and gasped.
For the next 7 days this was my regular evening performance by the golden circle that I watched sat on a little bench just outside my hut. Me, myself and my thoughts (oh, and my travel journal!)…
I just can’t help myself but share another one of those that I snapped on a different evening so you can see what I mean saying ‘the usual’ evening performance.
There was no one else around and even though I’d love to have shared those stunning sunsets with C I know that we’ll be back there together one day as you can’t just visit the Cooks once.
For any of you that dread the lonely travelling moments, trust me, give it a go. Get comfortable being all by yourself and get lost in the moment. That is exactly when magic happens.
Till next week.