Here´s A Good Somerset Maugham Quote For Travelers:
March 23, 2009 by rtwsenior
I ate lunch in Paddy Flaherty´s Irish Pub on the Plaza de Armas in Cusco today. This was framed on the wall and is certainly worth passing on. Along with Jack´s Cafe, Paddy´s is popular with Western visitors to the city and it bills itself as “The Highest Irish-Owned Pub On The Planet” at 10,739 ft.
This quote is from The Moon & Sixpence, by W. Somerset Maugham, 1919
“I have an idea that some men are born out of their place. Accident has cast them amid certain surroundings but they have always a nostalgia for a home they know not. They are strangers in their birthplace and the leafy lanes they have known from childhood or the populous streets in which they have played, remain but a place of passage. They may spend their whole lives aliens among their kindred and remain aloof among the only scenes they have ever known. Perhaps it is this sense of strangeness that sends men far and wide in the search for something permanent to which they may attach themselves. Perhaps some deep-rooted atavism urges the wanderer back to lands his ancestors left in the dim beginnings of history. Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he mysteriously feels that he belongs. here is the home he sought, and he will settle amid scenes that he has never seen before, among men he has never known, as though they were familiar to him from his birth. Here, at last, he finds rest.”
I´ll bet Paddy Flaherty knows the truth of this, because he has obviously set up a permanent home in Peru. Then, of course, he has populated his little bit of turf with all things Irish. It´s a cozy, wooden interior with all sorts of funny pictures on the wall and soccer, soccer, soccer on the telly. Mum´s recipes fill the menu and what delicious and generous servings they are, all for under $6.00. In such a way, Paddy has surely found a balance.
Raise your hands if that quote rings somewhat true for you, as well.