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Erice 2005

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My next destination was Erice to attend the School of Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy - "New Developments in Optics and Related Fields: Modern Techniques, Materials and Applications". I met Regine in the Rome airport to make our flight to Palermo, after which we would go to Erice. I suppose Regine might have known all along I met someone in Rome, and as soon as I met up with her the inquisition began. She quizzed me on all sorts of things, sometimes in friendly ways, and sometimes in not so friendly ways. Regine seemed to have other ideas and brought some extra baggage along on the trip I thought and planned to unpack it all during this trip.

View of coast & Monte Cofano from Erice
I was not enamored of her demeamor from the start and I just wanted to have a good time. She was insistent and started implying things, the same old games she always played. We boarded our flight and were seated apart, but reunited in Palermo. I was a bit confused on where to go - geez, only been here a half dozen times before. I figured it out eventually and found our ride to Erice. Regine was tired I could tell from her overseas flight so I tried to be a good guy and man in charge for her. I think I did pretty well and she felt comfortable in my charge (which was not always the norm). I was sympathetic and know the feeling after a long flight, connection, and transport from an airport to get to a resting place. Once in Erice, we made quick work to the Majorana Center as I knew the way, and I was recognized on entering to register with a a friendly 'Ciao, Bruno!' After settling business, we went straight to our hotel.
View of Trapani & Egadi Islands from Erice

Nice place called Ulisse, which I haven't reviewed yet. Regine was tired, so I told her to sleep and not to worry. Everything was a-ok and I was taking care of her. There was a group dinner gathering that same evening and I wanted Regine to have some rest so I left her in the hotel room and went to the Majorana Center to take care of any some payment and see about the place and time to meet for the group dinner. I socialized a bit for a while and walked the streets of Erice the long way back. When I returned a few hours later Regine was still sleeping so I nudged her a bit and she responded some. I told her we had a group dinner in a couple hours, no hurry, but to be aware if she wanted to get ready. We talked a bit while she was still in sleepy land, and eventually she got more aware to the situation.

Directors table (Prof. Di Bartolo)
In the interim I had already cleaned up and dressed for evening, so I stepped outside in the courtyard and let her get ready. Once she was ready we made our way to the restaurant to enjoy the group dinner. I tried to introduce Regine to as many people as I knew. We were seated at the directors table, something of an honor I think, and I had not had the pleasure in all my previous visits. Regine was remarkable that evening, and was talking Italian in no time (though she was German, spoke English, and knew some French too). I was happy she could make some conversational Italian and included me too. I know something of Italian, but hardly in conversational ways. It was a very nice evening and a good start to our time in Erice, but it wasn't long after that Regine wanted to talk about out relationship.
Meeting Participants - Group Photo
 

I didn't really want to talk about it and just have a good vacation together, but she insisted, so I told her I was unsure about where we were headed and maybe we could just enjoy the time and see where it went from here. She seemed ok with that, but as I would discover she was on a mission to define it, and categorize it in the days to come... I can't possibly cover this Erice visit in a single journal entry, and will not try, as it coud be a stand alone blog all by itself (and maybe I will do that). There was scientific work to do in the course, discussions, professional ways, and preparing a major talk I was scheduled for, but aside from that we had many group dinners, evenings in the marsala room (a sort of gathering place for participants to wind down in the evening), excursions to Selininte, Segesta, Mozia, Marsala and Trapani.

Me & Regine - Erice Time
These excursions were all day events out and about encompassing the places mentioned as follows:  Excursion 1 (Selinunte & Segesta), Excursion 2 (Mozia & Marsala), Excursion 3 (Trapani). The first two were full day (12 hour) adventures, and the third a half day (6 hour) adventure. Aside from these excursions, I skipped lectures when I could a few times and spent them roaming around Erice and Trapani with Rigine. We even had some fun at an Erice Disco one night as well. Nevertheless, through it all, Regine hounded me about the status of our relationship. We didn't have a status before, and why was it so important now? I just wanted to be on vacation, enjoy Regine's company without arguing and give a good presentation during my talk. I try not to judge others as I don't always know the curcumstances of their life history.
Regine looking happy & thankful

I have talked badly about Regine in my blogs from time to time, but praised her also here and there. She could make me feel ten feet tall and also make me feel an inch small. Not that she had a dual personality, but her emotions ranged from the complimentary to the critical and on balance I just didn't enjoy the roller coaster ride. She might say of me that I didn't 'get her', but honestly I'm not sure she ever paused to think if she 'got me' either. Maybe I didn't get it, but I'm fairly sure she didn't get it either. This trip probably should have shown that to us, yet we persisted in a relationship on and off for the next few years. I visited with Regine and her family in Germany 2007 and our last trip together was India 2009.

I am pondering in thought
The last time I saw Regine in person was April 28, 2010 (Evening at the American Theatre). I don't want to paint her in a wrong way and she is a fine person in many ways, wonderful to laugh with, willing to be adventurous and explore, tender, loving and sometimes very sweet. With that said, she can be annoying to be around in too, uncooperative, unwilling to budge, mean, hateful and sometimes very cruel. I loved her for sure, but couldn't take the inconsistency she brought in attitude. Erice 2005 stands out for me in spending time together that made me think what if... Before the trip we had not spent much time together really, so the trip made me think, maybe if I did this or that or worked on it, who knows.
Erice Streets
Later that year around the holidays we broke up again for a long time and into 2006. That's when I took my Switzerland 2006 trip. We got back together eventually and visiting her family in 2007 drew me closer, but all the time she was moving farther away. By 2009 she was so distant it hardly mattered anymore. For someone who wanted relationship she didn't work very hard at it. The astute reader might wonder: Where was Julieta all this time? Well, she was not really consistent and would dissapear for long periods of time only to resurface when Regine and I were not speaking. It was uncanny, really. Julieta maybe lives in a fantasy land where we are together, but only for brief periods of time. I am guilty for falling for her a few times, but that just wasn't meant to be.
Erice Passages
Regine is no angel either and had her share of boyfriends in the time we knew each other also. We always seemed to wind up back together, Regine and I, what a soap opera, eh?  In the finalality of it all it was just a toxic relationship for both of us and it ended. I don't really have any lasting animosity towards her, but feel she has some towards me. Well, what can you do? Fast forward to today and Regine and I don't speak anymore and haven't for some years now, in voice, Facebook or email, but I am still friends with Julieta, though I have not seen or spoken to her by voice in years also, and we only exchange on Facebook. This journal covers my trip to Erice, Sicily from June 6 - 20, 2005. This was my 7th trip to this place since 1995. I did attend the School of Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy here, but it is the kind of event that is both scientific and cultural in social ways.
Erice Experience I
Recounting my travels there (1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005) more or less, it remains a special place for me. I have a video slideshows of the The Erice Experience I to capture the flavor of the trip for you. Click on the link above or play the video at right. There is another one The Erice Experience II that appears at the end of the photo selections. As before, just click on the link above or play the video at the bottom of the photo selections.

spocklogic says:
It was a good trip despite the emotional entanglements. It's hard to be unhappy in Italia, especially with the beauty of the Mediterranean nearby!
Posted on: Mar 22, 2014
sansan says:
The play of emotional entanglements was put on in the beauty of the Mediterranean... :) Remember the good things and say "goodbye" to unhappy,Yes?
Posted on: Mar 21, 2014
davidx says:
Fine blog on a great place.
Posted on: Apr 21, 2012
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City of Erice
City of Erice
View of coast & Monte Cofano from …
View of coast & Monte Cofano from…
View of Trapani & Egadi Islands fr…
View of Trapani & Egadi Islands f…
Directors table (Prof. Di Bartolo)
Directors table (Prof. Di Bartolo)
Meeting Participants - Group Photo
Meeting Participants - Group Photo
Me & Regine - Erice Time
Me & Regine - Erice Time
Regine looking happy & thankful
Regine looking happy & thankful
I am pondering in thought
I am pondering in thought
Erice Streets
Erice Streets
Erice Passages
Erice Passages
Erice Experience I
Elisse Hotel sign
Elisse Hotel sign
Entrance to Ulisse courtyard
Entrance to Ulisse courtyard
Gate entrance to Ulisse courtyard
Gate entrance to Ulisse courtyard
Ulisse courtyard I
Ulisse courtyard I
Ulisse courtyard II
Ulisse courtyard II
Steps leading above Ulisse courtya…
Steps leading above Ulisse courty…
Adornments on the walls of courtya…
Adornments on the walls of courty…
Looking down on Ulisse courtyard I
Looking down on Ulisse courtyard I
Looking down on Ulisse courtyard II
Looking down on Ulisse courtyard II
Looking down on Ulisse courtyard I…
Looking down on Ulisse courtyard …
Spiral staircase to Ulisse Courtya…
Spiral staircase to Ulisse Courty…
Erice stairway
Erice stairway
Ulisse hotel sign street side in E…
Ulisse hotel sign street side in …
Erice private way
Erice private way
Erice gateway sculpture
Erice gateway sculpture
Cappuccino at Cafe Maria
Cappuccino at Cafe Maria
Regine - outside overlook at cafe …
Regine - outside overlook at cafe…
Regine - Erice posing with castle …
Regine - Erice posing with castle…
Great Wall of Erice
Great Wall of Erice
Me @ Great Wall of Erice
Me @ Great Wall of Erice
Special view - Monte Cofano
Special view - Monte Cofano
Regine @ Monte Cofano
Regine @ Monte Cofano
Me @ Monte Cofano I
Me @ Monte Cofano I
Me @ Monte Cofano II
Me @ Monte Cofano II
Me @ Monte Cofano III
Me @ Monte Cofano III
Regine - self shot
Regine - self shot
Me @ Erice hillside
Me @ Erice hillside
Monte Cofano view
Monte Cofano view
landscape view from Erice
landscape view from Erice
Monte Cofano
Monte Cofano
Regine - Erice perspective
Regine - Erice perspective
Flower along the path
Flower along the path
Regine posing strong
Regine posing strong
Regine posing pretty
Regine posing pretty
Valderice as seen from Erice
Valderice as seen from Erice
San Giovanni Church
San Giovanni Church
San Giuliano Church
San Giuliano Church
Castle of Pepoli (foreground) & Ca…
Castle of Pepoli (foreground) & C…
Trapani View I
Trapani View I
Trapani view II
Trapani view II
Coastline from Trapani to Monte Co…
Coastline from Trapani to Monte C…
San Giovanni Church vista
San Giovanni Church vista
Monte Cofano view
Monte Cofano view
Big Puffy Clouds
Big Puffy Clouds
View from below Erice (in Valderic…
View from below Erice (in Valderi…
Valderice sculpture
Valderice sculpture
Descending Erice
Descending Erice
Valderice man
Valderice man
Erice sign in Valderice
Erice sign in Valderice
Valderice woman
Valderice woman
Disco Night in Erice
Disco Night in Erice
Dance floor
Dance floor
Regine
Regine
Regine & Me I
Regine & Me I
Regine & John
Regine & John
Regine & Me II
Regine & Me II
Dancing I
Dancing I
Dancing II
Dancing II
Night view from Erice (w/ full moo…
Night view from Erice (w/ full mo…
Regine mood I (she likes me)
Regine mood I (she likes me)
Regine mood II (she likes me not)
Regine mood II (she likes me not)
Erice mountainside view
Erice mountainside view
Erice - collapsed wall
Erice - collapsed wall
Erice - wall structures
Erice - wall structures
Symbol of Sicily plate
Symbol of Sicily plate
Final Dinner I
Final Dinner I
Final Dinner II
Final Dinner II
The Last Canoli
The Last Canoli
Erice Experience II
Erice Hotels & Accommodations review
Great views, but sadly rundown
Having visited in Erice, Sicily many times, I had the misfortune to stay here once, but also to visit it many times. It was built in the 1960's and st… read entire review
Erice
photo by: spocklogic