【Ⅲ On the Exotic】
In the more fugitive①, trivial② association of the word exotic, the charm of a foreign place arises from the simple idea of novelty and change: from finding camels where at home there had been horses; from finding unadorned③apartment buildings where at home there had been pillars④. But there may be a more profound pleasure: we may value foreign elements not only because they are new, but because they seem to accord more faithfully with our identity and commitments than anything our homeland could provide.
My enthusiasms in Amsterdam were connected to my dissatisfactions with my own country, with its lack of modernity and aesthetic⑤simplicity, with resistance to urban life and its net-curtained⑥ mentality.
What we find exotic abroad may be what we hunger for in vain at home.
②trivial: (informal) small and of little importance不重要的，琐碎的，琐细的，微不足道的
③unadorned: plain, rather than having decoration on it. 未装饰;原来的;朴素的
⑤aesthetic : relating to or dealing with the subject of aesthetics美学的；审美的