Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped

May 16, 2015 at 10:00 am 13 comments

a living statue
location: Obidos, Portugal
While visiting the medieval town of Obidos in Portugal, I chanced upon this living statue wrapped in thoughts of his own making. I think I have a good idea what was on his mind, but I dare not say it aloud. It wasn’t pretty.

Situated at the bottom of the steps leading to the top of the 12th century walls, he was personifying Charlie Chaplain. He had just turned his back on tourists who were taking his picture but wouldn’t give him a Euro. They failed to realize that he was there to make a living.

As I see it, these folks who refused to follow the standard practice of charity had it easy. There was the news about a tourist in Rome who was chased and threatened by the colleagues of a living statue after he took his picture and forgot to leave the customary tip. An incident like that could ruin one’s dream vacation, to say the least.

As the tourist season draws near, it’s therefore best to follow this simple rule of engagement: Don’t just point and shoot everything on sight because it might cost you.

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