I have come to Rome during the massive influx of Belgians. Apparently every year Belgian students take a trip to Italy, and there were scads of them all over the place this past week. As I was visiting the ruins of Old Ostia, the ancient Roman seaport, I found myself surrounded by red scarf wearing Belgian kids. One group decided to sing their school song, which somehow got lodged in my head. I took out my ipod to replace it with something else, and the most appropriate song came up.
The Shins – Young Pilgrims
…I watch the ice melt on the glass
While the eloquent young pilgrims pass
And leave behind their trail
Imploring us not to fail…
There was a lot of odd energy at this place. In one corner of the ruins (which were quite extensive, basically the whole city was intact) I found a small shack up on a hill. On top was a raven. As I approached, the raven launched itself from the shack and flew past. It felt very significant.
Finally, this shot had nothing to do with the ruins except that it was taken there, but I’m quite proud of how it came out.