As this WSJ writer proclaims…I was more prepared than just about anybody. And some things are exactly what I expected. But other things—not so much. “The Enigma of Arrival” is the title and theme of a novel by the Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul.

What is it about arrival that is mysterious? Simply that one’s imagination of a destination, even a place for which one has prepared and striven, will never quite be one’s eventual experience of the place.

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