The paradox

Venice, Italy Europe backpacking trip July 2005

Venice, Italy
Europe backpacking trip
Summer 2005

It wasn’t my favorite stop, but I do kind of miss it, mainly because it’s one of the greatest cultural paradoxes I’ve ever seen.

The stench of the canals does not take away from the visual wonder that is Venice, but the beauty of the city’s architecture and heritage does not diminish the reek of the canals.

I suppose it’s the same symbiosis that makes up a relationship: all the love in the world cannot prevent outside forces from controlling certain circumstances, and the pain of giving in to said circumstances does not undermine a chemistry so intense that it can never be replaced.

I live in one such paradox.

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