Sunset is probably my favourite part of the day. As a prelude to the darkness, it provides such a stunning display I can't help but feel a little sad when it is over. And we have been fortunate to witness some of the most beautiful sunsets I think we could see anywhere in the world.
Last night, I sat out on the beach with a bottle of beer, and just watched the show unfold before my eyes over the course of about an hour. From the initial blue skies, the increasing darkness starts to loom, before soon it becomes washed away, replaced with purples and violets that you rarely see anywhere else. It is like a small bruise is spreading over the night sky, leaking into every are, oozing into the few clouds, and dripping towards the horizon, but instead of stopping, spreads into the sea to create an exact mirror image of everything that is happening above it.
The clouds that are left after the end of the day punctuate the sky, appearing so dark initially it is hard to believe that they are not a solid mass - appearing instead as platforms in the sky that you could skip across.
Soon though this gives way to the ultimate moment - the point at which the sun touches down beyond sight, disappearing for the night. It's light spreads and the different shades of orange and yellow, mixed with the violet left, subject the viewer to one of the most amazing sights you can see. And we were in an amazing place to see it.
The sunset is the same all over the world, but being here and now, it feels unique, special, and something so hard to describe and seemingly impossible to repeat.
Even more amazing is that this colour and light show soon gives way to the night skies. Blackness, punctuated with small stars that begin to peek from behind the night curtain just moments after we loose the sun.
How many chances will I have in my life to sit on a Thai beach and have this unfold before my eyes.
Maybe just once more tonight - and I intend to have another front row seat!