I’ve fallen in love with sitting on the harbor’s floating dock and watching the brilliant sun fall into the sea. Every evening, the world seems to stand still in a moment of serenity as the sky over the Mediterranean becomes a glorious piece of art. I’ve come to watch in anticipation for the pink streaks in the sky, and I sometimes eye the clock until I tell my host mom that I need to go for a walk, or paseo, so that I can catch the sun sinking into the horizon – el atardecer.
More than just stunning visuals, the sunsets mean a change of pace for me. I’ve escaped the never ending problem sets and projects of my engineering program and the responsibilities of time-consuming extracurricular leadership positions. Instead of dashing from meeting to meeting and pounding away at my work into the early hours of the morning, I stop to breathe a little more often here. In Alicante, I don’t let my to-do lists whisk me along for the ride. I’ve left the perpetual rush and stress of the US behind – in Spain, I make time for the sunsets.