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Rome Survival Tips – Subways



Another main form of transportation in Rome is the Metro or Subways. When I first arrived here the only knowledge of subways that I had came from TV and a 10 minutes ride on one when I was in New York City. I have to say that although not all of the stereotypes are true, some of them are. I know have to take the morning metro that is full of people commuting to work, so it is normally packed like a sardine can. After a few days of trying to stuff myself on the train I finally asked one of my co workers, who is Italian and has lived in Rome, what is the best way to do it. This is when I learned the best method is to go all the way to the last car; there are generally less people because everyone likes to get on in the middle. I’m not saying this is a foolproof method, there are still times when I will wait for the next train because I don’t want to stuff myself on, but this seems to work a lot better than the alternative. Rome is a large city and like most big cities around the world it has some problems with pickpockets. Pickpockets like to stay around the subway because they get so many different people (tourist especially) and it is always so packed. This doesn’t mean that you have to be scared when getting on the subway (or any public transportation) it just means that you have to be aware. If someone is really close to you on the subway when there is a lot of open space, it might be a sign that you need to move. Over time you start to get a sense of things that aren’t partially right around you. I will do a post on pickpockets later, but for now as long as you stay aware and ready you will have no problems handling the subway commute.

Friday, March 31st, 2017    Subscribe  No Comments »

Weekend Travel – Assisi

Over the weekend I had the chance to travel to Assisi, Italy with the group. Assisi is a beautiful medieval city that sits upon a very large hill. It is home to the tomb of Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Clare of Assisi to name a few. I absolutely feel in love with the city as soon as we arrived. Walking through the streets you can still get that medieval feel. I kept thinking that this is what I always pictured when I thought about being in Italy. It also gave off a very relaxing vibe, a nice change of pace from the busy pace of Rome. The many shops that filled the streets sold many different religious artifacts, hand made art, and souvenirs for tourist. One of my favorite moments of the trip was getting to attend Mass in the Basilica of Saint Francis lead by Walsh’s own Father Manning. Even though I am not Catholic, I still found this to be a great experience and an ability to get to do something that very few people can say they’ve had the chance to do. After Mass we then had the chance to head to Perugia where our trip got even sweeter because we took a tour of Italy’s largest chocolate factory Perugina Chocolates. Overall this was an amazing trip and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to visit (what is now) one of my favorite places in Italy.


Tuesday, March 21st, 2017    Subscribe  No Comments »

Rome Survival Tips – Trains

In Rome the main form of transportation that you take are trains. Everyday (almost) you take the regional train from the campus site in Castel Gandolfo to Rome Termini. Coming from a small town that doesn’t offer a lot of public transportation this was both a blessing and a learning experience at times. Depending on the time that you get on the train you can have different experiences. Every morning I catch the 7:47 AM, a train that most commuters use so it is generally packed. As you walk down the isles you may see open seats, but people like to put their bag on the empty seat in hopes that no one will sit next to them. At first I would walk by and just try to find a different seat, but over time I found that all you have to do is ask and they will move it and allow you to sit. People are generally pretty quiet no matter what time you get on. Some silently listen to music, work on their computers, or read a book. Every once in a while you will hear some conversations between friends that are sitting in the quad seating sections. I always found that the train ride is relaxing; I am able to mentally prepare myself for the day or just take the time to reflect on everything that happened that day. It is also a great place to work on homework, for about 2 hours a day you are riding a train so why not just knock out readings, papers, or anything else that may cut into your free time. I’ve really learned to both respect and appreciate the trains over my last few experiences, but there is still a piece of me that misses the freedom of having my own car. I hope that when you do the Rome Experience you enjoy your time spent on the trains as well.

Saturday, March 18th, 2017    Subscribe  No Comments »

The Return


The first time that I arrived in Rome, I remember being nervous and anxious about what was going to happen over the next eight weeks. This time around I arrived with a smile on my face like I was returning home. My first day back in the city I decided to just walk with no real destination in mind, the best way to reacquaint yourself in my opinion. I was pleasantly surprised with how well I was able to navigate the city and find one of my favorite pasta places. When you first arrive Rome seems like such a big place (it is) and you feel like you will always be lost, but I always feel like I know where I am at and where I want to go. After a few days of readjusting to the Rome experience, it was time to start my internship. This was my chance to really experience what the life of an Italian citizen is like. Starting at 7:47am I caught the regional train into Rome, this is a very popular commuter train for school kids, business people, and everything in between. When I arrived in Termini station (the main train station in Rome) it was time to take on the subway. As I stuffed myself onto the train (tips for commuting coming soon) I was really starting to feel the nerves of starting a new job. Five stops and a short walk later I was in front of the USO Rome office. As I entered the staff of the office greeted me and they were so welcoming and nice. They showed me around the office and told me some of the things that I was going to be doing during my internship. This made me so excited to see what this internship and experience will hold.

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– Joey Hammers

Monday, March 13th, 2017    Subscribe  No Comments »

Welcome to the Global Learning Rome, Italy Internship Blog

Hello everyone!

My name is Joey Hammers and I am a senior at Walsh University. The Global Learning Program offered me the very unique opportunity to do an Internship in Rome, Italy. Over the next 10 weeks I will be using this blog to share my experiences, photos, and tips that may help future students that participate in the program. I look forward to sharing this wonderful journey with everyone and I hope that you all enjoy!

– Joey Hammers

Monday, February 13th, 2017    Subscribe  No Comments »

Daylight Savings Time, robbed of sleep once again!

Every year, it’s the same story:

I know it’s coming, my calendar is the written proof of that. I try to plan my weekend accordingly so that I get to bed early to make up for the one hour lost on Saturday night sleep. Alas, no matter what I do, I end up losing that hour and wake up on Sunday sleep-deprived and disoriented with the time change. Then there is the mission of changing all of the clocks in the room (the car is by far the worst one).

But on to Walsh-related things:

International Events

Thinking Day collaboration with Girl Scouts of America

Our International Coordinator arranged for me to go speak to around 200 Girl Scouts and their troop leaders about all things Canadian. This was in light of World Thinking Day, a day recognized by Girl Scouts all over the world to educate one another about different cultures and the diversity that exists within our communities, our nations, and the world. I was excited to go speak to the girls, as I had been  Girl Guide (the Canadian equivalent to Girl Scouts) for many years and know how important this organization is for girls to gain a sense of community, fellowship, independence, self-worth, and awareness of the world around them. I had a good time, got a few laughs from the crowds, and was treated to a gift of Girl Scout cookies! Yum 😀

World Week is approaching

Get ready for a week of International food, music, art and culture in the David center! Every year, World Week is dedicated to expand Walsh residents’ knowledge of other nations in a fun and interactive way. Keep on a lookout for emails and posters announcing some of the events and highlights this week will entail.

Tennis time

Adventures in gatorland: Florida Spring Break 2011!

Another spring break tennis trip success! The weather held out beautifully, the tennis provided with excellent competition to get us ready for our season, and fun was had by all as we enjoyed a new location (and by far the best one out of my four years). Here are some pictures, compliments of Barbie Lewis, a Junior on the Women’s team:

The inside of our condos. We had a two-level suite, with a full kitchen and 2 kichenettes, a large flat screen TV, lots of sleeping space, 2 balconies, daily cleaning services and access to great resort amenities. Most used: the hot tubs, excellent after a day of match play.

A view of the lake and the other buildings of the resort from our balcony window. Full screening kept out pesky bugs, what a great idea! It was a great place to catch up on reading or eat a meal "al fresco".

Getting ready in the shade before a match. The shade quickly became many people's friend when they realized the intensity of the Florida sun and heat. I was always a fan.

Cheering on our teammates at one of our match locations. One of the only days where we needed some layers. Much better than last year's weather!

A team dinner at Pizza Hut. Could have picked something more local, but I had never tried stuffed crust pizza before, so I was happy to sacrifice a bit of my health to try the cheesy goodness. Verdict: great concept, but enjoy in moderation.

Business Club Bulletin

Sherwin-Williams to come pay Walsh students a visit

Career Event Alert! Watch your emails and save the date: March 23rd from 4:30pm-6pm. BCC will be hosting a guest speaker at our meeting: a recruiter for Sherwin-Williams! This is a great opportunity to speak to someone from HR to ask questions about applying for jobs, interviews, resumes, and all about being a young professional after graduating. Come with questions and an attitude that means business! There are potential job openings available that the recruiter is looking to fill.

In Other Walsh News . . .

Work Out Room gets a new coat (of paint)

I know that isn’t extremely interesting, but hey, I was away from Walsh all week! I’m searching for news here.

Attention Seniors: Cap and Gown Pick-up THIS week

to everyone graduating this Spring Semester, Tuesday and Wednesday is your cap and gown pick up dates! While you are there, please remember to vote for an Educator and Mentor of the year. Nominees are in, so all you need to do is vote from the selection of candidates at a table located by the cap and gowns.

A Guest from Israel

On Thursday in my International Business class, we arranged for a woman from Israel to come and speak to us about entrepreneurial businesses and inventions that are being developed in this small, young country. It was a very informative presentation and we learned how vital business in Israel really is to our modern lifestyle.  I had no idea so many inventions and innovations come from Israel!

Travel Tips and Tangents

Seeing as I have some pictures from Orlando, this week will be a general rant about travelling.

It surprises me how little people travel within their own countries. I myself have only been to 3 of our 10 provinces and haven’t been close to any of our 3 territories. I know my way around Rome almost as well as I know Toronto! Speaking to other students, I find a similar trend. When given the option to travel, people are all too eager to go overseas and overlook the potential of their own national backyards.

As I get to know the states better, I realize how diverse they really are, some of them almost like countries within themselves.  The beliefs, the daily life, the food, the music, the dress, and even the language changes among the states and creates quite an interesting patchwork of diversity. Geographically, the United States offers almost every major ecosystem, with different types of terrain, flora, and fauna that differs in each state.

So next time you find yourself looking to get away, save some money and splurge on a trip to your own country. Find a state, province, or territory that you have never been to and go explore it! Who knows what treasures await you there . . .

Have a great week back at school everyone!


Sunday, March 13th, 2011    Subscribe  No Comments »