Have you ever watched the sun set through a camera lens? It's quite interesting, really. You're able to zoom in on the heart & soul of the sunset...that great big orange ball of gas and fire collapsing into the abyss...and truly see the sunset in motion. Sunsets are quick, y'all. Like mmmbop quick. You gals know what I'm talking about. Urban Dictionary defines an mmmbop as "when something cool happens," "an instant," or "an unrepeatable moment in time." One second the sky is on fire, an mmmbop later, that fire is scorched out, leaving only faded remnants of color swirling into the sky until the dark of night engulfs them. Really cool, totally unique, and super fast. Hanson nailed sunsets on the head. They should really write a comeback song about them. I'd buy it.
Ahem, moving on...
Our ship was set to draw up its anchor and sail away at 9pm sharp that night. We finished our dinner and walk down the donkey trail in Fira just in time to catch a tender boat back to the ship at 8pm. The sun was scheduled to set at 8:12pm. We barely made it to the top deck of the ship before the sun began its descent into the sea. As soon as my feet hit the boards of the Solstice Deck, I whipped out my camera and started snapping, along with about 200 other people huddled up against the railing doing the same. I always thought the best view of the Santorini sunset would be from Oia or Fira, sitting on a patio sipping wine. But I think watching it from our ship might have been even better. It felt like we were inside the sunset...floating among the beams of orange and red within its core. It's impossible to be unhappy while watching (or floating through) a sunset, I've decided. I got all kinds of warm fuzzies as I stood there with D and our new friends, "ooing" and "ahhing" over this stunning sunset and our great fortune having been able to witness it. It's sunsets like this one, just off the shores of beautiful Santorini, that are charming reminders of a day well spent. Exploring a new place, laughing with new friends, and finding peace knowing I lived my best that day. If only every day ended with a Santorini sunset. The world would be a much happier place.
Coming soon...our day on the island of Mykonos!