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Posted by on Feb 20, 2013

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.

Sun creeping in behind the gates.

Sun creeping in behind the gates.

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.

Waiting for the magic hour on our rooftop deck.

Waiting for the magic hour on our rooftop deck. If you can see the group of people on the balcony in the background – they often wave to us when we’re sitting out.

 

Looking Southeast

Looking Southeast

 

Looking South

Looking South

 

Looking East to the Riverfront area - and at a major skyscraper being built

Looking East to the Riverfront area – and at a major skyscraper being built

 

The magic happens to the West

To the West, where the magic happens

What’s the magic hour like where you live?