Dressing quickly we walked out onto the nearby sand and stood transfixed. It wasn't only the amazing colours, ever changing as they reflected from the scattered clouds, but the contrast of scenes on display. In the east above the remarkably calm sea the sunrise was unfolding, while to the west night was still vividly clinging on with dozens of stars still visible and the half moon still brightly luminous in the dark blue sky. Looking north we could see the countless bright lights of Valencia and the awakening hustle and bustle of urban life, while to the south the outline of mountains by the sea was picked out against the sky. 4 directions and 4 very different images, all changing constantly as the sun continued to dawn. Even the clouds themselves, acting as mirrors for the still hiding sun, were shifting and building inland into pink, candlyfloss towers that blocked out the fading moon. Then, after the long and gentle build up the sun appeared swiftly, boiling up from the distant horizon and confirming the new day in this part of the globe.
On this final day of 2015, after what has been for us a very different emotional, physical and spiritual journey, we feel very blessed to have had the experience we had this morning.