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Moscow Sunset in Spanish Colours

You might remember me saying that one thing I terribly missed while in England were the sunsets I could watch from my window in Moscow. “Much ado about sunsets! They’re beautiful anywhere!” some may exclaim. Surely they are, but you only realise how important they are for you when you have to look at the rooftops of two-storey houses, only imagining how beautiful this celestial spectacle could be…

I’ve never been to Spain, but thanks to El Greco and Goya and the sounds of flamenco the colours I associate with Spain are dark-red, golden, and a tint of black. I think of Carmen, Cervantes, auto-da-fé, the Spanish Civil War, Guernica, the films by Bunuel and Almodovar, Polanski’s Ninth Gate, and Tempranillo Gran Reserva. And if I wanted to let my imagination run wild, I’d think that I was watching the sun setting down on the doomed Albigensian castles of Languedoc.

It is this everyday occurence that provokes a trace of analogies and ultimately brings inspiration that I missed.

Moscow Sunset from the balcony, medieval style


Author: Julia Shuvalova

Julia Shuvalova is the author of Los Cuadernos de Julia blog. She is an author of several books, a translator, and a Foreign Languages tutor. She lives and works in Moscow, Russia.

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