The other day in one of my posts I mentioned a comment that someone once told me that I think goes well with the photo I have to show you today. It was a professor I used to work with, and as she was doing an orientation with students on Italian life and culture, she mentioned to them that living in Rome is like a big play. As if the city streets were a stage, once you step out onto them, everyone plays a role and everyone is watching the show. I often think of this comment when I feel like someone is staring at me, or being rude, or even when I see nice things happening. It just kind of helps to put it all into perspective.
I'm glad I caught the moment in this photo: I think it is a great example of how the modern and ancient intertwine on a daily basis. I saw this "human on display" while walking through Piazza Colonna the other day. I thought it looked like some kind of living sculpture, that little niche carved out just for him and his book. If you keep your eyes open in Rome, you'll find surprises around just about every corner.