The year 2005 was a bit of complicated one for me due to a variety of reasons, mostly having to do with women. I'm not sure how the story in this entry and the following one will reflect on me, but I'm going to tell it anyway because it's true life. If you have followed my blogs and stories, then you may be familiar with some of the situations in my life, and if not I try to make my tales self-contained anyway. I was to attend a scientific meeting in Sicily this year and had tried to bring my girlfriend at the time, Regine, with me the previous year, but failed in some way I suppose due to her obstinance or my negligence, depending on your point of view. Nevertheless I wanted to make up for it and even though we had a rocky year together and were not technically dating each other, in a relationship, or a couple at the time I suppose. In fact, it was a topic of discussion between us as to what we actually were due to our problems.
Arch of Constantine
Maybe spending time in Sicily together we might discover that, and I thought I owed Regine that trip anyway. Well, around the same time I heard from a woman, Julieta, I had met in Verona
in 2002 - See Verona pt. 2 (2002)
. I don't recall the sequence of invitations, but found myself inviting Regine to Erice
and Julieta to Rome
. What a situation I had made for myself. I wanted to spend time with Regine in Sicily, but also to spend time with Julieta in Rome. I was curious about Julieta and see was being complimentary to me as where Regine was not. No excuse I suppose for arranging things the way I did, but so I did arrange it that way.
A couple of songs by Chris Isaak have some relevance here though I won't try to explain why and leave it to you the reader to interpret. The first is "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing
" and the second is "Wicked Game".
I spent a few days in Rome, the first afternoon and evening plus the following day by myself. I met Julieta at the airport that evening and then spent the following day and the morning after at with Julieta. I had an ok time by myself roaming the streets of Rome and taking some photos. I enjoyed the time I spent with Julieta too and we had fun together. It wasn't enough to really get to know her, but we shared some attraction and that I cannot deny. We were Fortunata to spend the time we did I think.
Ruins of Rome
Nevertheless, it was a short lived rendezvous in Rome and I had to be off to Sicily to meet Regine. I don't know that what I did was a wrong thing. Regine and I were in troubled times and seemed not to be able to find ourselves together in a relationship with any regularity. I was curious to explore my options, as Regine was doing as well I am fairly sure. I tend towards self incrimination sometimes, when I knew full well Regine probably got what she deserved anyway for some of her behavior, which I will not elaborate on, but it doesn't make me feel any any better or that I didn't have her interests in mind too. I was trying to find what was best for me, instead of always doing what was best for someone else at my expense. This was actually a step forward in life for me, despicable though it may sound...
This entry covers my trip to Rome in June 3-6, 2005. I have some photos to share here, and you can enjoy a couple of videos if you like. The first is a slideshow of me and Julieta, enjoying our time in Rome together (See Fortunata In Roma). The second is a film I took of Julieta walking to the the Victor Emmanuele Monument, which is kind of cute (See Walking With Julieta). They will open in a new window for Youtube viewing. Enjoy! Erice 2005 is up next and a continuation in theme to this entry.
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