Always remember the Sunscreen in Australia
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.
For a detailed travel guide to Whitsundays, read my post “Guide to a heaven called Whitsundays“.
And the story starts…
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 to myself. 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, it was pretty relaxing!).
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 pause, she 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 had said is when I realised that my arms were burning (‘luckily, they were not on fire yet’) 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?’). For the first time in my life, I had been sun burnt and roasted.
Repercussion of my unwanted adventure in the Sun? An hour long lecture from my mother, an entire one whole month to recover, with a very bad burnt face, a whole tube of Aloe Vera gel and two face massages.
Unfortunately, I do not have pictures of my burnt hands and face.
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