Whitman: “imprinting my brain for future use”

During the last couple of weeks, as I’ve ridden through busy streets of Freetown (Sierra Leone) and Banjul (the Gambia) as well as some lonely roads, I look hard at my surroundings, seeing so much more than I can photograph and yet that I would like to store.  As Walt Whitman said

Once I pass’d through a populous city imprinting

my brain for future use with its shows,

architecture, customs, traditions

I haven’t yet found a good way to make the imprint stick.

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