"Amazing! Beautiful! Unbelievable!" I poured out every accolade I could conjur.
Now if I had been at home, behind the wheel of my own car, no doubt I would have dropped everything to get that shot. I've a long, well-documented history of sunset chasing. But as a backseat passenger in a foreign land, I didn't feel it was my place to demand a detour. So I sat back and prepared to drive through.
"You have your camera?" my host, Khairi, asked.
"Of course." I don't leave home without it
Wordlessly, he spun us round, pulled onto a side street and drove us right straight to the edge of the land.
I jumped out of the car, finger on the shutter, and found this scene waiting for me.
I'm glad I got the shot, but I'm even happier to know that my Malaysian friend in Cuba chases sunsets too.
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