Friday, June 3, 2011
Florence: Hocus Pocus
When traveling in Florence, Jimmy and I stepped off the beat and path and randomly into a store that I swear is bewitched. Walking through the door was like stepping into a Harry Potter book, and the entire experience was unsettling (in a good way). I still can't quite figure out what this store was, but it sold handmade jewerly, weird energy machines were on display, and dusty "potion" bottles lined the walls. I even saw the "mad scientist" at work at his cluttered desk, and he never once glanced up at his browsing customers. After spotting him, I realized that if we were going to get killed on our trip, it could be in this exact building. After all, how does a place like this exist in an alleyway in Florence? Had we stepped into another dimension completely with no way of returning? After I got hold of my mind, I enjoyed the rest of our experience. It was fun to let my imagination run wild for a few minutes as I imagined stepping into the kind of world that only exists in the movies.