I’m giving up on Existential Thursdays. Got tired of pushing that rock up the hill! Instead, let’s try Travel Thursday because it’s always nice to go somewhere, especially when you can’t.
In the lives of emperors there is a moment which follows pride in the boundless extension of territories we have conquered and the melancholy and relief of knowing we shall soon give up any thought of knowing and understanding them. There is a sense of emptiness that comes over us at evening.
Elsewhere is a negative mirror. The traveler recognizes the little that is his, discovering the much he has not had and never will have.*
Excerpted from Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities.