“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”
– Mark Twain

I took a deep breath, poked my finger in my eye, blinked, and held my breathe.
The world as I knew it was about to be transformed!

After three months in Lagos, Portugal
(a town I’d never heard of and had no intention of visiting)
I finally got to see it for the first time!

  

The cobblestone streets and the art that whittle It.
The hairy faces [and legs] of the multitudes of hippy vagabonds that loiter about in its shady corners.
Their hybrid misbreed of dogs.
I could see the fingers dance as the musicians plucked away on their colourful array of instruments.

With eyes wide open, I took a long-overdue run along the promenade.
Finally I was able to see what the many venders were trying to pawn off to unsuspecting tourists.
I studied the fort and the old city walls and the plethora of beaches that line the path to my favourite sunset spot in Southern Europe (so far).
And as I watched the sun dip down into icy Atlantic, I could see the birds celebrating the end of the day and watch the red moon rise to celebrate the night!

With new eyes came a new season.
A season of visiting friends that I’ve gleaned from the far reaches of the globe.
(Some of my favourite people in the world.)
People to explore and laugh with.

People to finally drag me out into the debauched parties that the inner-city is infamously renowned for.

People to do sunrise yoga with.

People to get lost with.
I may have been here for months, but we were all experiencing the epic of Lagos for the first time together!

It’s amazing how something as small as a contact lens can change your life!

But maybe Mark Twain was right,
Maybe it wasn’t my eyes that was the problem?
Maybe I needed to bring my imagination back to Earth.
It’s truly a beautiful place!!

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
– Jawaharlal Nehru


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