Palermo Travel Blog› entry 23 of 36 › view all entries
Here begins a tale intertwined with some other travel blogs I have written so far. This is sort of the point of origin for some of my extended expressions in those other blogs. I will try to tie it all together in the end when this blog is finished, unless you have been following and can see the branches of the story yourself. Anyway, sometime in early 2004 I began my relationship with Regine. It was really nice to begin with and we seemed to be sympatico in sharing, and she was eager to travel too. After dating a few months, I had this upcoming trip to Sicily and thought to invite her to come along with me. She was enthusiastic and excited about it which made me happy. So, here I was one night ready to book the tickets at a good price, had everything in the computer ready to push the purchase button, when I said to Regine, "Sound good to you, ok to book it?".
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood,
and I— I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Maybe I have interpreted the poem in a different way than most due to my experience, but that is the nature of poetry being open to interpretation. Palermo is a fine city, a bit big and busy, but nice to visit. Funny story: On arriving in Palermo, we visited the sights, then had a nap in the hotel before dinner. I was awakened by music coming from the courtyard: Santa Esmerelda's 'Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood'.
Pangloss says to Candide:
"There is a concatenation of all events in the best of possible worlds; for, in short, had you not been kicked out of a fine castle for the love of Miss Cunegonde; had you not been put into the Inquisition; had you not traveled over America on foot; had you not run the Baron through the body; and had you not lost all your sheep, which you brought from the good country of El Dorado, you would not have been here to eat preserved citrons and pistachio nuts"
Candide responds to Pangloss:
"Excellently observed, but we must cultivate our garden"
You see, there is a course of events in life sometimes that it unalterable, and events unfold as they do.
"Appearances are not reality; but they often can be a convincing alternative to it. You can control appearances most of the time, but facts are what they are."
~ Dean Koontz (The Good Guy, 2007).