See, I live for that time between daylight and the sun setting. The sky is still blue but the streetlights are starting to turn on and illuminate the darkened streets with dappled warm honey pools of light. The birds are still singing, not yet succumbing to the silence that the night brings with her. There's a certain warmth in the air, it hangs there, heavy and weighty, pesado. It's that time where everything is in a limbo: restaurants and bars preparing for the evening dinner time, the loud clanging of shutters being pulled up, resisting against the natural forces that pull them crashing down. People are either walking home or heading out for the night, I don't know what I plan to do but I let the pace take me, I'll end up where I'm meant to be.

There's a humming of people whilst the blue engulfs the yellow sun on the horizon. Thoughts of last summer, the excitement of new people, the adventure, the walks down streets looped around your date- a guy you just met 4 hours ago- legs, arms, necks, breath intertwined. Your arms around each other, staggering back and feeling so free and young and shit is this the life? this is definitely the life and those are the moments: the moments spent with new people: friends or lovers, the moments spent with a camera in hand, the moments spent just walking around aimlessly, these are the moments that will stick with you as you grow old. I continue down the cobbled streets and the fragrant bougainvillea fill the air with their scent.

I love this time of day.

Everything is logical: night follows day and yet my thoughts rebel. They are free and young and liberated and they don't need to conform. If I want to hit up someone, anyone and spend the next few hours together, I can and if I want to catch an early night I can: the choice is mine. The freedom excites me. The breeze has started to pick up and I mentally remind myself to thank my airbnb host for telling me to bring a light jacket.

Life is too short to be spent pent up indoors or strapped down to a certain commitment whilst your mind runs away with thoughts of adventures, love, new foods and new experiences. To live in a way that restrains you from these things...what a waste.

Any time spent abroad to me is time well spent. A new part of me is unlocked and I am transformed. I am a carefree, laidback, fluid and ever-changing woman. I am no longer restricted to a certain mould expected of me. I, unlike the moon and sun, do not need to follow a routine every day. I do not need to rise up and go down like they do. I control my own movement, my own thoughts and my own actions. And that is what I love so much about this time of day, you feel young and free and it reinforces that because you're at a cross-road where you can call it a day or exclaim that the night is still young.

I don't know what this post has turned into. It was meant to be my Sevilla travel diary but it has clearly evolved into something more than that. I like that though, it truly does stick with the theme of this blog post and spontaneity. I'm working on my actual Sevilla travel diary and I can't wait to get that up. I had a blissful 3 days and I'm so ready to share more stories from it.

Dalal

28 comments

  1. Dalal so beautiful and extremely poetic, I enjoy your carefree nature. You really painted a picture, I can fully see myself living this way too.

    Natonya | https://justnatonya.wordpress.com

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  2. Dalal, I adore your writing in this. It's so fluid and beautiful. I can picture this so clearly and it really makes me dream of summer evenings abroad.. Oh how I miss the heat. Hope you had a wonderful time in Seville (it looked and sounded like it!) You'll be living there for sure soon enough.. xox

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    1. Thanks so much Lexie. There's something so magical about summer evenings in Europe, I wish I could bottle up the feelings and keep them with me forever. I had an amazing time away and I'm so excited to go back!

      Love from Dalal

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  3. Lovely inspiring words, and I adore that photograph! I love that time of day too, it's great for reflection and relaxing.
    Emily from http://emilyunderworld.co.uk x

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    1. Thank you- plants are so photogenic, even more so when they're against a terracotta wall haha.

      Dalal

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  4. This post is so magical! I can't wait for your travel diary xx

    franalibi.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much for reading! I'm excited to hear your thoughts

      Dalal <3

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  5. What a beautiful post girl! You are so talented!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

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  6. Dalal, girl. I am actually flawed by your talent right now. Have you ever thought of writing a novel or something? Deadly serious. You have a way of using words that is both fluid and structured. Everything is so poetic and tells such a vivid story. I can't even wait to read more of your things going forward. Your style is so special.
    Also, it's so interesting because I have never ever looked at that time of day in this way! I always view it with an attitude of dread. I guess it's because I'm a glass half empty type of person. To me it signals the end of the day (yes, even in winter when that time is like 4pm), and I'm usually left lamenting all the time in the actual day that I wasted. Negative and depressing, I know. Reading this I think I'll view it a little differently now though! You're right, it's a time of limbo, but that doesn't necessarily need to be a bad thing.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this post, lovely <3

    Eva
    http://www.whatevawears.co.uk

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    1. Oh my god Eva this comment may be the best one I've received in my blogging journey- thank you so much, I've never really thought of writing a novel but you've planted some seeds of curiosity in my mind...
      That's so interesting to see how you view the evening, I can definitely understand it feeling like the day has come to an end but it's strange because I actually count down the daylight hours for the evening- it's cool to see how different people approach times of the day. Haha negativity and depressing are basically ingrained characteristics of our generation so don't worry ;)

      Lots of love,
      Dalal

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  7. What a beautifully written post Dalal, I also love this time of day. I wish I had the chance to travel more and experience that buzz that the evening time in a warm country has to offer!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. Thanks so much Lucy. I hope you get more opportunities to travel in the future <3

      Dalal

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  8. I love this Dalal, it is so beautifully written and can not wait to see more about your adventures in Sevilla!

    Sophie | Sophie's Spot

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  9. This is so beautifully written. I really did see everything you were describing. I love your carefree nature and, even more, I love that this post turned out totally different to what you sat down to write. This was truly a pleasure to read x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much Sophie. It's a happy mistake that this post turned into what it did haha. I'm so glad you enjoyed and thank you for leaving such a lovely comment.

      Dalal

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  10. This is the most beautifully written thing I have read in a long time, you've captured life and simple experiences in the most profound and gorgeous way. You really have a talent! I pray that you get to experience many good things this year and in life, because the way you write makes me believe you have a pure heart and deserve such things. I took inspiration from your post for my next blog posts (Don'y worry I credited you) I can't wait to read your next post!

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    1. Thank you so much Emman, your words truly do mean a lot to me! I really hope so too, it'd be wonderful to photograph and write even more words about them. I'm so glad my writing is a source of inspiration for you and I'm so excited to read your future blog posts.

      Love,
      Dalal

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  11. Oh wow, you write so beautifully. Really enjoyed reading this, you make simple things in life sound pretty amazing and that's what it's all about. Little things.

    ✖ Jasmin
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    1. Thank you so much. Yes! The little things in life are what it's all about <3

      Dalal

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  12. gorgeous piece to read dalal!!

    Tasha x
    lovefromtasha.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. Ugh your writing. UGH! The talent, this was so beautiful to read especially at 3 in the morning when my thoughts are racing through my mind, this helped to calm me down. I’m so glad you posted honestly, it was wonderful to read and I’m excited about what you plan to write next. Your work here is like poetry, comforting because it’s words, what it means and feelings are familiar and leaves you wanting more.
    Yossy x

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    1. Ahh thanks Yossy! I totally get those 3am feels. I'm glad you liked reading and that this post provided some comfort to you

      Lots of love,
      Dalal

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  14. Before even reading this post, I knew I was in for a treat. I just needed a few minutes to calm my mind and remember better times and this post has done this for me. LOVE your writing style and I can't wait to read your account of Seville, no doubt it'll leave me feeling warm and fuzzy inside <3

    Fran | www.franciscarockey.co.uk

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    1. Ahh thanks Fran. I'm so glad this post was calming and shone some positivity onto you haha. I'm so excited to share all my stories from my trip with you all on here.

      Love from Dalal

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