I got that summertime, summertime sadness, s-s-summertime, summertime sadness... Lana Del Rey’s music seeped out of my earbuds. The cover of darkness had painted the skyline outside my bedroom window an inky black. The clock on the wall said it was 2:30 in the morning, and I found myself cursing jet lag. I could do nothing at this odd time other than sit in bed, and edit photos from my travels during the summer. As I scrolled through my gallery, I swiped past an image, and did a double take. This was the photo on my screen: an ordinary sunset photo. Nothing particularly glamorous - as beautiful as sunsets are, they tend to be repetitive. This was just a regular photo from an airplane window but it triggered a memory; I felt a pang of that bittersweet feeling that you get at the end of a perfect vacation, - that ‘summertime sadness’. I was transported to Italy. I felt the warmth of dappled sunlight as I strolled along the sidewalk, I saw the emerald green alps, with their caps of snow, I tasted the melting gelato that had dripped onto my fingers, I heard the sounds of laughter with my friends as we danced the nights away: all this from the photo that I carelessly snapped on the flight back home. It was reminder of that summer - a fleeting memory of a time gone by. It helped me understand that no matter how much we plan our travels, what we remember are the unplanned moments: the experiences that simply cannot be predicted, but that stay with you till the end of your life.
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[ Taken from the window of a @qatarairways
A350 on a flight from Munich to Doha ]
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