Indeed, when you travel back home from Italy, it is always like that. You snap your fingers at principles and prejudices, smile indulgently, thrust your hands in your trouser-pockets and see yourself as a shrewd man of the world. You have moved around for a brief while in the comfortable and warm life of the South and you are under the illusion that it will continue like that in your own country…When I reached Basel and found the old inflexible way of life, unchanged and unchangeable, depressed and angry, I gradually left my gaiety behind and came down to earth. But I had gained something from my experiences, and never after this did my small boat sail through clear or troubled water without at least one coloured pennant fluttering its confident defiance.
–Peter Camenzind, Hermann Hesse
[Image: View of Basel and the Rhine, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons]