…Of Mosquitoes And Moons…

I have been eaten alive by mosquitoes the last few days. They don’t seem to bother my parents much, but there must be something about the taste of me that will push them to ignore whatever foul-smelling insect repellent I use, and do whatever it takes to sink their little teeth in to me. 

I have bites everywhere; my feet, legs, thighs, chest, shoulders, elbows, arms, hands, head, face… I even have a bite on my left eyebrow that I got sometime last night that has made my eye swell like I’ve been punched. Thank god I’m not shooting any scenes soon, I look like The Elephant Man. I’ve tried every mosquito spray, burnt citronella candles like they’re going out of fashion, covered up, put up a mosquito net over the bed… They’re still getting me. The mosquito net is kinda romantic looking though, like I’m on safari perhaps. With this wildlife it feels like I am. 

But there are pluses to being here, even if it means being on the menu. Ever since I was a kid I’ve been really in to astronomy, and my dad just bought a telescope. They are out on the hillside here in Spain, outside the town so away from the bright city lights that obscure the sky back home in London. It took a little patience, but I’ve just seen the rings of Saturn for the first time in my life with my own eyes. 

I know it might not seem like much, but for me, on this holiday which has already brought a lot of firsts and on which I’ve seen so many amazing sights, this final treat is the icing on the cake. 

I tried snapping a picture through the telescope viewfinder with no luck, but I did get this fantastic shot of the moon a couple of nights ago – just taken on my iPhone held up to the scope, nothing clever or fancy. Whilst the world seems a little smaller to me now I’ve travelled around it, the universe is still pretty expansive.  

 Tomorrow is my last full day. On Thursday I pack my bags one last time and head for the airport in Valencia to fly home to London…

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