Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Worlds of Wonder: Dakar at Night

Some things about Dakar I remember very vividly, but night-time isn't one of them. I recall coming back to a hotel after eating dinner, on one of my last nights there, and I think it was very dark and there was that din and smell that I can't really explain, that happens in certain cities at night, and also there were street lights showing through the dust in a lovely and haunting sort of way. I have one specific memory of the night, but the actual surroundings feel a bit reconstructed in my head, and the lack of available images of the city at night (well, there are some, but I didn't take any of them) makes the whole thing feel shrouded in mystery in a way that the city in the daytime, however magical and terrible and wonderful, just doesn't.

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