I'm not exactly superstitious, but I am a *little* stitious. I don't really avoid bad luck, by staying away from cracks in the sidewalks, black cats, or ladders, but I do try to enhance my good luck. I wear my birthstone, sometimes pick up lucky pennies, and never miss a chance to make a wish. My mom always told my sister and I that anytime you're in a new house of worship, you can make a wish. Because of this, I made tons of wishes at the wats when I was in Thailand, but I made even more wishes in Italy, as there was a church on every corner. Say what you want, but my life has greatly improved in many different aspects since coming back from Italy in mid-July.
Of course I was excited to visit the Trevi Fountain in Rome, not only because a coin thrown over the shoulder into the fountain means that you will return to Rome one day, but also because with that coin throw, you get yet another wish.
Aside from the Vatican, the area around Trevi Fountain was the most crowded we encountered on our trip. My family stopped by before and after dinner on our second night in Rome and were able to catch it in two different lights. Way before you get to the square, you can hear running water gushing through the 24 spouts and you start getting pumped. That was a fountain pun. Did it work?
Trevi Fountain is beautiful. It was completed in 1762 and depicts the Ocean personified in a giant shell-shaped chariot surrounded by Triton blowing into a conch shell, horses, and rocks that resemble cliffs in front of the actual ocean. The coins are collected to help feed Rome's poor.
|photos courtesy of KRF|
We each only had a few seconds to make our wishes without any other tourists getting in the way. It is interesting what you find yourself wishing for when you only have a split second to think about it. I wished for something in that moment that I guess deep down summarizes what I really want in life. Of course, I have to be vague here because revealing what you wish for is one bad luck superstition I won't mess with. But like I mentioned above, if my life continues the way it has since returning from Italy, I will be one happy lady.
What would you wish for??