Another clue…

Dinner is served

Dinner is served

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”  Martin Buber

For as long as people have been asking me why I wanted to go to San Miguel, I’ve been giving unsatisfactory answers. For the food, for the climate, to practice my Spanish. All of those are true of course.

But the answer that is the most true is also the least satisfactory to the people who care about me: I don’t know. I just know that I’m supposed to be here, and I’m going on instinct.

I have a feeling that it will be important to my future to have been here, and to be able to speak Spanish. But I think the real reason(s) will unfold as I’m down here, if I put one foot in front of the other.

Today I got a taste of that. I was waiting in the library’s gift shop to speak w/Michel, who coordinates volunteers for the Biblioteca here, and noticed a whole section of Barbara Kingsolver’s books (one of my favorite authors.)

I recalled an article in the paper about her latest book, The Lacuna, & asked the shop’s director about it. “Oh, yes,” she said (she speaks better English than I do Spanish.) “Here it is. You know she’s coming here?” No, I didn’t.

So then she pulled out a “San Miguel Writers’ Conference” form. Barbara Kingsolver will be the keynote speaker, 2 wks before I leave. Hmmm….

Can you say “synchronicity”? I knew you could.

3 Responses to “Another clue…”

  1. Brad says:

    Sara, although I do not know you as well as I would like, you know that I care about you. And your answer is very satisfactory. I know because it is my reason for continually going back to the island. And although I’m perfectly happy with Prof. Jung’s twenty-dollar word, gotta say – just because we don’t discern a causal connection doesn’t mean there isn’t one.

  2. Sara says:

    Thx, Brad. I think you’re probably right. And your island sounds fantastic. Hope you’re all staying warm in PT- I’m sure Amorgos is really tempting right now.

    Just added a quote at the top. I just found a whole bunch of travel quotes, and that one struck me as perfect.

    http://www.bravenewtraveler.com/2008/03/07/50-most-inspiring-travel-quotes-of-all-time/

  3. Brad says:

    I love the quote. And I’m more a fan of Buber than of Jung anyway.