I sat there watching the beach. ‘Oh, it’s so beautiful. No wonder, it is one of the most photographed beaches in the World’, I thought. I was at Whiteheaven beach, in the month of May.
Whiteheaven beach is along the Whitsunday Island in Queensland of Australia. It is 7 km long and is popularly known for its white sand. The sand on the beach does not absorb heat from the Sun, making it very comfortable to walk barefoot on a very hot day.
The day cruise (from Airlie beach to Whiteheaven beach – which was amazing 🙂 ) had dropped us on the beach. It was noon and the day was hot – very hot. I had about 1.5 hours on the beach. After clicking some pictures (selfies mostly) and building a sand castle, I had a brilliant idea – I thought why not bask in the Sun! Everyone does, you know (- but they either apply a sunscreen or they bask under a shade). Of course, I didn’t do both .
I started reading my book, slowly sliding on my back and resting my head on my backpack. (A book, lovely beach, cool breeze, on a holiday – pretty relaxing, huh!).
After about an hour, I was disturbed and woken up from my sleep. Irritated, I looked up and it was a lady whom I had never seen before (‘Really? Lady, please go disturb someone else’, I thought to myself).
She demanded “You really need to go to the shade”.
And then, without a moment, immediately said, “How can you not realize? Are you not feeling anything?”
‘Hang on Soldier!’ thinking to myself, I asked in my sleepy eyes, “What happened?”
She replied, “Your arms and your face look really very bad!”
After she announced, I realized my arms were burning (‘luckily, not on fire though’) and it had turned red (‘I mean literally red – I didn’t know that was even possible’). “Ah, it hurts!” I cried out loud. I had slept under the glaring hot rays of the Sun for good one hour. The rays were so harsh that it had burnt my arms and my face (‘Come on man! Why do things happen only to me?’).
Repercussion of my unwanted adventure in the Sun? An hour long lecture from my mom. A good one whole month to recover, with a very bad burnt face. An entire Aloe Vera gel with two face massages.
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