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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  • 1. purpleborough  |  May 16, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    How interesting. I did not know this.

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  • 6. janyasilad  |  May 17, 2015 at 8:59 am

    I see, so that’s what the orange box is for…

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    • 7. plaridel  |  May 17, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      janyasilad:

      i see that you have a very sharp eye for details. 🙂

      Reply
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  • 9. andy  |  May 18, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    That’s a good tip to keep in mind, when I travel 😉

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    • 10. plaridel  |  May 19, 2015 at 10:07 am

      andy:

      if you ignore these living statues, they won’t bother you. 🙂

      Reply
  • 11. lifeconfusions  |  May 19, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Oh wow, I didn’t know about the customary tip ! Another interesting interpretation of the challenge Plaridel, you never fail to amuse us ! 🙂

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    • 12. plaridel  |  May 19, 2015 at 10:09 am

      zee:

      it was a symbolic interpretation. by turning his back, the guy shrouded himself from those who wanted to photograph him.

      Reply
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