Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
As I told you in an earlier post I was a bit early with the story about the "ring of fire", because I am reading "Aleph" at the same time ... so I hold on a while. But ... now we are in Novosibirsk and it's here that Paulo discovers that he has deeper feelings for Hilal ... he desires her, but realises that he cannot do something with those feelings. He writes/says: "We are all souls wandering the cosmos and, at the same time, living our lives, but with a sense that we are passing from one incarnation to another. If something touches the code of our soul, it is remembered for ever and affects whatever comes afterwards". He realizes that he knew Hilal in an other life. He's grateful to life, because he was allowed to find her again.
In Novosibirsk Hilal and Paulo meet the 'Goddess of Novosibirsk" named Tatiana who looks 'in love' with Paulo too, at least Hilal thinks that.
They visit a foutain and there Hilal performs a kind of ritual. Through that ritual she and Tatiana become very close and Paulo stands alone.
Later on he goes to a dojo with Yao, his translator, for a 'duel' of Aikido. Yao wins everytime, because Paulo isn't focussed. Paulo is only busy with Hilal in his mind. After their work-out of Aikido ... Paulo realises very strong that he has feelings for Hilal and that he has known her in a former life as he was already aware of after they entered the "Aleph" on the balcony of the TSR.
Novosibirsk looks like the turning-point of the journey. After Novosibirsk Paulo finally finds out that he was once part of the Inquisition, the witch-hunt. He realises that Hilal was once a girl of whom was said that she was a witch and that he was the one who sentenced her to death by burning on a pyre.
|Novosibirsk Trans Siberian Railway Station|
Let me tell you a little bit more about Novosibirsk, once a little town, but now a major city. After the building of the TSR Novosibirsk became such a big city with over one million citizens.
At the time of the bridge's opening, Novonikolayevsk hosted a population of 7,800 people. Its first bank opened in 1906, with a total of five banks operating by 1915. In 1907, Novonikolayevsk, now with a population exceeding 47,000, was granted town status with full rights for self-government.
The Russian Civil War took a toll on the city, with wartime epidemics, especially typhus and cholera, claiming thousands of lives. In the course of the war the Ob River Bridge was destroyed and for the first time in its history the population of Novonikolayevsk began to decline.
after 500 years not have been together -
pair of swans
sharing their same history -
the old pond