ruining the past by trying to relive it
Thank you for the sharing the gift of your evocative writing. This made me want to reread a poem: Fado, by Jane Hirshfield.
This reads like a dream, like maybe that first night never happened in this realm - but good reminder overall that nothing can be replicated. Also your desire to walk the camino reminded me of one of Juan's most favorite movies, beyond Princess Bride ha,, was a movie called The Way, produced and written by Emilio Estevez. Maybe you'd like it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Way_(2010_film)
I had never of Fado, but was intrigued after reading your piece and found some examples on YouTube. Thank goodness for the internet. It certainly does capture a feeling of longing. I would agree with your professor about trying to recapture memories and your experience sums it up beautifully.
It's sad how a bad experience can taint a good one. I remember ruining a couple of my favourite eateries by bringing boring people there.
Wow, this is so terrific, Sam. Love this: “The places you’ve been tend to move on without you.” 🥺 Beautiful piece, and I’ve just gone down a ‘rabbit hole’ googling Fado!
Love your writing style! This makes me yearn for Portugal even more than I already was.