Bring Light to Lamu

Cara Giaimo
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During the day, Lamu Town is a lovely island village filled with fascinating architecture, kind people, and adorable stray cats. At night, it is still all of these things. However, in the darkness, you can’t see the kind people’s faces, and the eyes of stray cats glow in kind of a menacing way, and fascinating architecture just means that the alleys are narrow and the culverts appear under your feet rather abruptly. The island’s also prone to blackouts, which exacerbates the problem, and the effect is trippy, literally and figuratively. My friends and I learned our lesson quickly and started bringing flashlights out with us at night, a strategy which allowed us to get back to our hotel with our ankles and mental health intact.


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