Here Comes the Sun…and a 360 View of Where we Live
In a cramped city of two million people, it’s not always easy to find beauty amongst the chaos. Before arriving in Phnom Penh, I had never lived in a city that is this congested, requires such close living quarters of its residents and is without much green space. As a nature lover and fresh air addict, it’s taken some getting used to.
The magic hour, or golden hour, though redeems the city and is my favorite time of the day. The “hour” refers to the first hour of sunlight in the morning and the last hour of sunlight late in the day. Hues of soft pinks, purples and oranges fill the sky during the magic hours in Phnom Penh and somehow, time seems to stop. People get a little quieter and a sense of peace falls over the city.
In the morning, I catch the first rays of light as I walk past our balcony door around 6 a.m. Occasionally someone is stirring in the apartment across the way, but most often it is just me and the fresh daylight peeking through the buildings.
The sun sets soon after I get home from work since it’s technically still winter (at an average of 95 degrees during the day). The 360 degree views from the rooftop deck of our apartment building end each day with a radiant cement and antenna beauty that I never expected to find in the middle of this city. It’s no alpenglow, but it will do.
What’s the magic hour like where you live?