“What island are we on right now?” asked the wife.
“We’re on Isola Tiberina, a small island on the Tiber River,” I replied.
“Look at them sunbathing!” exclaimed the wife.
Surprisingly, this was where Rome was started. Boats would sail upstream until they reach the isle. What is now the place for sunbathing used to be bustling with water mills, boats, fishing platforms and ports. The island is also home to a hospital, but maybe that’s because it’s isolated from the rest of Rome, it is a good place to recuperate.
Dove, the beauty products company, hired Gil Zamora, a FBI-trained forensic sketch artist, to help with a social experiment on self-perception. The premise of the idea was that Zamora would sketch the person according to how she described herself, then he would sketch another picture of the same person but from a stranger’s perspective.
This social experiment opened the eyes of the few women who were featured in the video. They often see themselves as sad and less beautiful than as described by strangers. We are often our harshest critics. I’m not sure how many did Dove chose for the project, but they only showed us some of it, say around 10 different persons in the video. What I would like to know was there anyone who saw themselves differently? Or that the description by the stranger was actually not what the real person looked like. The outliers if you would.
Someone would probably highlight that the Dove advertisement actually promotes a different kind of beauty subconsciously. If you pay close attention to the description by the strangers, they often focus on the eyes, the skin tone, the facial shape and what is perceived by the stranger to be ‘beautiful’. Whereas the person themselves would usually describe things that the normal stranger didn’t notice, moles, freckles and their age. Dove seemed to be highlighting the fact that being thin, fair-skinned and young is far more desirable than the rest.
I wouldn’t condemn Dove based on such facts, but just so you know, there are other things beside beauty that are as equally, or more, important. Beauty is after all only skin deep.
Coming down from Janiculum Hill (Il Gianicolo), we are now walking into the heart of the artistic area of Rome — Trastevere. This is a place with lesser crowds and if you would believe the tour guides, the place to stay to enjoy the real atmosphere of Rome. There are plenty of quiet alleyways, cobblestone streets and various nooks and crannies for you to explore.
“Are we lost?” asked the wife.
“That’s the thing we are aiming for,” I replied.
“That’s what you said for Venice too,” she retorted.
It is kind of easy to get lost in Trastevere compared to Venice, most of the time it is due to the fact that the landmarks are being obscured from your view. But once you orientate yourself to those that you found, it isn’t that hard. Worse comes to worst, just find the Tiber.
As expected, the crowds are less over here, mostly the elderly from what we saw, because they are a couple of nice churches in Trastevere. Here, we have one, Santa Maria di Trastevere, one of the oldest churches in Rome.
Check out this Russian made GIF of what used to be one of the most popular games on our handphones, before the advent of the smartphone and era of the apps.
Here are some interesting-looking minimalist movie or series posters, done by the same person — by chungkong.nl
He has done about 200 of them and they are even available for purchase!