"Scendi alla Prossima?"
As loyal readers know, I am a bus rider here in Rome (see Buswatching and Buswatching 2). This is a shot of the exit sign that flashes when you push the button to signal your stop. It was a calm night on the bus, but watch out! People here are serious about making sure they are near the exit when the door opens. Even if you move to the exit in an obvious manner, you will still be asked “Ma scendi alla prossima?” (Um, are you getting out at the next stop?), for fear that you will angrily block the exit and not let anyone off the bus. Ok, it is annoying, but then I’ve also seen bus drivers open and shut the doors after 2 seconds, sometimes even trapping some poor soul’s finger or body! Oh the joys of the bus…at least it’s never boring.