Saturday, April 2, 2011

Following a Dream

I am musing today on transportation at Mortal Muses, with an image of--what else--a scooter! Click on over there to see a companion image to this one. The image posted there is my favorite of the two.

This lovely find was another in a back alley of Ortygia in Siracusa, Sicily. Ortygia was scooter heaven. Streets too narrow for cars and a chilly, off-and-on rainy day led to an emptiness that is perfect for my photography. I would have loved to study this scooter with my camera more, but just as I started shooting the owner came out and got ready to leave. I did ask him if I could photograph it for a moment, and he nicely stepped away so I could take one or two more photos (this is one). I showed him the images, thanked him and then let him go on his way.

It's probably no secret that I have a dream of owning a scooter, after living in Italy. I've taken one step toward that dream, by signing up for a Motorcycle Basic Rider Training course in mid-July after we move back to Oregon. I don't want to buy a scooter and then discover I hate it, so I'm going to take this course and get my bearings and hopefully my motorcycle license. I also don't want to let too much time go by, and let normal American life wipe out remembrance of my Italian scooter dream, so I've committed myself now. I'll let you know how it goes come July. :)

Switching gears... along the lines of my post yesterday on claiming your artist, I later read this post by Stephey Baker at Marked by the Muse. It seems she and I were on the same wavelength! If you resonated with my post yesterday, I encourage you to check out Stephey's article as well. Each little piece of information, each little insight will take you a step closer to claiming your artist. It you want to, you can do it.


  1. Hi Kat, I think you will love scooter riding, the freedom of being in the fresh air for one. My love and I have always had a motorcycle, before we had a car as a young parents we had a motorcycle and side-car, I have fond memories! I have already been over to Stephey's lovely blog and yes I resonate too, her artwork is wonderfully expressed, well worth checking out!

    Have a lovely week.

    Sue x

  2. Kat,
    Thanks for pointing us to Stephey's blog. Her post on being an artist is so powerful and really spoke to me. Spring is bringing new growth all around, and in my heart as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. I'm so pleased you're going to follow up on your scooter dream and I just know you'll get on brilliantly. Of course, what you really need to do to be truly Italian is get your husband to learn too so you can ride pillion side saddle!

  4. love that you signed up for motorcycle lessons!

  5. Hello, Kat!
    I just returned from your glorious country. If you can ride a scooter while there, more power to you!! I found them to be fairly death defying, but a must if living in Florence!! I was glad to have my two feet to walk with!

  6. Kat,I imagine you riding through the streets of Milano, ala Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. Seems that you won't be riding in Europe, but USA. Not quite so romantic, but a good way to save gas. I've seen a number of Vespas in our city -- the drivers all look so happy!


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