12:00 pm

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[Corniglia, ITALY]
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Italian men through a bus window.
Hands, arms, shoulders, heads
All of them in motion.
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We are waiting to catch the bus to the station. There are a few Italian men lounging in the bus shelter, basking in the morning sun. One or two others wander over and soon they are all engaged in conversation -- each of them waving their arms about to illustrate or make their point, oftentimes just talking over the top of each other. The most common gesture is slightly shrugged shoulders, arms thrown wide with hands open, and fingers splayed. This is a lesson in animation, in use of your whole body to express -- an anatomical rumba. The whole morning suddenly seems more interesting, vital and alive for it. And the bus ready for another adventure. Viva Italia!

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