4.05.2005

Walking like a Roman

After careful study, I think I've identified how to walk like a Roman. It involves moving very slowly, with either a half-smile or slighly pursed lips, and it looks very relaxing. Unlike Americans, who walk fast as a matter of habit, Romans do it only under duress, and then with a slight, constant frown, as if to indicate that while they might have to, they are decidedly unhappy about it.

In between sitting down drinking coffee and sitting down staring about in wonder, I've been practicing my walk. Its not perfect, but its coming along.

More on crossing the street like a Roman later... for now, suffice to say that it involves staring menacingly at the oncoming rush of traffic, and has nothing whatsoever to do with pedestrian markings or signals, if those even exist in Roma.

4 Comments:

At 4:53 AM, Blogger Akemi said...

I find it hard to believe that you haven't mentioned anything about Italian women in your posts. This is the Ryan Ismert blog, right? I haven't stumbled upon the Rick Steves' site, have I?

 
At 5:20 PM, Blogger Raj said...

It *is* a bit odd isn't it, Mrs Ismert?

 
At 9:21 AM, Blogger ryan said...

This is, as I'm sure you both realize, a Family Blog (TM).

 
At 5:12 PM, Blogger Misty said...

Ryan,

I have no idean if this will get to you. And, since you have not replied to the last couple of my posts I guess I should take a hint. But, you were once a close friend so I don't feel to bad checking in with you. I just moved to San Diego. Love it by the way.
Can you believe I am still in training? Becoming a pathologist takes forever.
I like looking at your blogs about Italy because it reminds me of when I used to have time to travel around. You still seem to have your essence which I have always found interesting and likable.
I like Gelato too. I first discovered it in Peru a few years ago. More recently, they have opened serveral Gelato shops in Portland. And, there is even a gelato shop down the street from me in San Diego.
Ian is doing great. You should have one Ryan. Kids are the best. Does Adele have any?
Well, looks like it is a few minutes after 5 so I can leave now without causing a splash.

Email me back if you have the time. mistypyn@yahoo.com. Misty

 

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