December 21 is the winter solstice, and in Seattle that means the sun sets at 4:19pm. Sunrise was 7:55am. This was a very short day indeed. At the summer solstice, it’s still pretty light at 9:30pm, which I truly love. I sit on my deck with my Kindle and a glass of wine or cup of tea and read until almost dark.
When it’s this dark this early, I struggle to stay awake after 9pm. I don’t go to bed that early, but I suspect I could.
Panama is really different. Since it’s right at the equator, there’s not much variation in the length of daylight. It’s light for 12 hours, and dark for 12 hours, year round.
My January vacation there, which will bring sun, warmth, and much longer days, sounds pretty appealing right about now. 🙂