Summer evenings all over the world

Melanie Wijeratna
Blue Star Ink
Published in
2 min readJun 18, 2024

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My sunsets growing up

In Nigeria, the sun sets around 6. Always. No real change. Close to the equator, you see. We had milo for tea. The chocolate cubes in a tin. The green soccer player logo. And I’d look up at the giant trees, as my family went for a walk, at sunset.

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In Queens, New York, the sun sets with smoke and haze. At least in the summer. Lots of laughter and shrieking and kids playing.

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In Montreal, the sun sets lazily and beautifully. All chic and European with style and pizzazz. Its final rays dappling through the European-style streets and delis.

Photo by Marius Matuschzik on Unsplash

In the east of Toronto, the sun sets with the cicadas chirping loudly. In the August heat.

Photo by Sivani Bandaru on Unsplash

And in Belfast, the sun sets quietly. Waiting with hushed breath, for the energy of the night.

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Melanie Wijeratna
Blue Star Ink

I am a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and a PROSCI-certified People Change Manager. I’m also an ultra-runner and have lived and worked all over.