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It's been a good ride...

...and I am (hopefully) on its last leg. In a very short time from now I will finally have to summarize everything that I have learnt in five years in 45 mins.

45 mins could possibly be enough for everything I have done but it could never be enough for everything I have learnt, an exercise that goes far beyond the classroom, the library and the laboratory. In any case, this is one of those instances where the journey is so much more important than the destination. So it's been enlightening, and I thank everyone concerned for making it so.

"As you set out for Ithaka
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
angry Poseidon-don't be afraid of them:
you'll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
wild Poseidon-you won't encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope your road is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbors you're seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind-
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and go on learning from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you're destined for.
But don't hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you're old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you've gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you wouldn't have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won't have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you'll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean"...
Constantine P. Cavafy


  1. A wonderful post. Most of us dont enjoy the ride when it happens,and then look back with nostalgia. We rarely value the journey, we only "keep Ithaka in mind" looking to see if we ahve reached.

  2. This is the best poem ever written

  3. I hope it went well.

    *Raises Coffee*
    To your ride!

  4. Thank you! It went very well. I always prefer raising coffee to raising alcohol (and even more so to raising hell)

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