Venta Micena – Day 5/30

I had gone out to take photos of the sunset. But when I turned around, I observed something far more rare and spectacular: the rise of the full moon, at exactly the same time as the sun was setting opposite.


I knew it would be getting dark, but I just couldn’t get myself to leave the hilltop from where I was observing this coincidence of celestial movements. And thus, I had to walk back to Venta Micena in the night, with the moon as the only source of light and the church tower as the only orientation point.


Once safely back, walking through the deserted streets of what I always thought of as a deserted village, I realized that I don’t seem to be the only person living here. Because in one other house, the lights were on.


Curious, I went there the next day, but all the window shutters were rolled down, the door boarded up, as if the lights at night had only shone in my mind. Yet, I swear that every night since, I see flickers of candlelight and hear scraps of conversation coming from that mysterious house. Thus far, I haven’t mustered the courage to investigate further.

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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15 Responses to Venta Micena – Day 5/30

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi from your neighbours in Fuente Neuva,
    Love your photos of the solstice moon and sunset. I knew I should have gone outside to have a better look at the full moon. Will do so next year. Weird about the lights in vt Micena village. There are two people we know who are alive and living there permanently, so you are not alone.
    E and A

  2. Dany Sobeida says:

    Tienes bastante compañía felina(última foto) disfrutando de esa hermosa luna, no estas tan solo Andreas.

    • Si, hay muchos gatos publicos, tal vez 15.
      Y porque no hay nada otra persona, todos son mi responsibilidad. Les pongo comida dos veces cada día.

  3. Wouuu que bella fotografía 😊
    La Luna es la perfecta compañera para una gran charla con tus pensamientos ;-)

  4. So brave of you to walk alone in that desert, one of these days you’ll find the courage to investigate the windows light mystery too

  5. I had the same sunset/moonrise experience in Sedona, Arizona while climbing Cathedral Rock. I made a new friend, Jeri Lim, and we hiked down with only the moonlight and cairns to guide us.

  6. Stacey Brook says:

    Our lights are always on! Like the black pool illuminations. The village is far less empty than you think 🙂 why not come and say hello?

    • Oh, thank you for the invitation! – I will look out for the blinking, flashing and beeping colourful illuminations of Santa Clauses, astronauts and fireworks, then. :-) – You just need to look out for the guy walking around with a black hat.

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