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Where is Ithaca ?

After a circumnavigation in 80 days, Homer and the Odyssey lead us back home from Troy in 10 years. A real journey. And a trip inside our inner soul. On his way Odysseus will defeat virus-like foes, make tough calls, be sometimes able, sometimes unable to resist temptations, make mistakes, be fooled and fool... But never loses sight of his objective: return home. Safe and wise. Opening the Odyssey on a confined week-end ring bells. Can we sail safe and wiser home after our strange journey? How will Ithaca look like? A nice place where to “cultivate our garden” as per Voltaire at the end of “Candide” and forget about the tumult of the world? Or could Ithaca be seen as a symbol of our Planet finally ruled wisely after decades of adventures. Masterworks can be read in many ways.

Travel will remain a pain for long. Maybe it’s time to board the galley and sail to our Ithaca?

“And now, ...tell me true. Where have you been wandering...? Tell us of the peoples...who were hostile, savage and uncivilised, and who...hospitable and humane.

Ah how shameless -- the way these mortals blame the gods. From us alone.... come all their miseries, yes, but they themselves, with their own reckless ways, compound their pains beyond their proper share.”


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