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ROME - Ostia Suburb - Travel Journal - Part 2

ROME - Ostia Suburb - Travel Journal - Part 2

I lived in Ostia during the High School period.

I always felt like an outsider, although, yes, I was born in Rome and grew up in a Roman (Center-South Italy culture) family.

There was something about Ostia that really bothered me, and it was the fact that “everyone had to stick to their place” .

The way you dressed gave you an “ideological position” attiring some people more than others … and this was absurd because wearing skinny jeans made you someone more attracted to a right-wing political party and wearing used fared trousers made you more into a communist supporter. People really used to judge other people looking to their appearance. I know this is very common to many countries and especially to the High School / Teenage period, but it felt so absurd to me.

I barely knew who I was and what I wanted to do of my existence in those days. I was Italian but felt as a foreign person in my own country. I was deeply influenced by other countries ways of thinking and couldn’t find my place there. Ostia was harsh, small and far for the center of Rome.

So i switched easily from a style to another, but i ended up to be more lost than ever! Thanks to some good and bad experiences, I finally understood that I had to step back from this absurdity and just wear i liked, that it was not the color of my shirt that mattered, but what was inside the books. It was during the third year of high school that i started to study very hard and never stopped.

Approaching FCO from the south - Tirreno - © Vincent Bridenne

Approaching FCO from the south - Tirreno - © Vincent Bridenne

It is easier when you can step back and see everything from above. You remember that we are so very small, and just a little, very, very small sand dust in the universe.

Il Pontile di Ostia - © Vincent Bridenne

Il Pontile di Ostia - © Vincent Bridenne

I recently found a Netflix serie called Suburra, which talks about Ostia and the Mafia’s activities in it. The violence and crime. I looked at it because it was something very special to see this suburb of my teens years on television.

ROME - Monuments between dark and light - Part 3

ROME - Monuments between dark and light - Part 3

ROME - Travel Journal - Part 1

ROME - Travel Journal - Part 1