Finding myself at a spare table beside Miner’s Landing, I sat down with my iced Starbucks beverage. Yes it was winter but it’s my favourite drink, so I didn’t mind the frozen hand. From my position I could see the Great Wheel to my left, constantly stopping and starting for the families climbing on for the ride. As it spun the wheel changed colour, resembling fairy lights at Christmas: slow, fast, green, orange, red.
Straight ahead was the West Seattle peninsula jutting into the ocean. Ferries travelled to and fro the pier just down the waterfront from where I was sitting. They are not like the ferries back home. These are the mama and papa ferries to the baby Australian ones.
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It is moments like this, when it is just me, the ocean and the sunset, that always make me reflect. On the day, on life, on the future. At this time, I was happy. I was on a mini-holiday, which is exactly what I needed. The more I travel the more restless I get it seems. If I go too long without a break from the norm I do get itchy feet, like I need to step on a bus/train/plane and revel in the new. A new culture, city, town or adventure.
Sometimes solo travel can be lonely. But I was content to just sit and be mesmerised by the changing sky.
After I had taken just a few photos, I made my way from the waterfront to the Pike Place Markets. I passed Asian couples and friends posing for photos to capture themselves, the Great Wheel and the beautiful magenta sky. There was a pseudo photo shoot going on from a higher view point, with three girls kicking the air and walking towards the camera in trendy fashion pieces. Sitting at a table was a large family catching up over fish and chips by the sea, taking photos of the view and feeding the large seagulls (also bigger than their family members in Australia).
Something as simple as a sunset is usually all I need to change my mood and to warm my heart. It makes me smile to think about the many more sunsets I will get the pleasure in viewing all over the world.
Do you prefer sunrises or sunsets?