Robin Yang

University of Huddersfield

Moving work stations

Due to trainee issues, I was kindly asked to move from working at Villa to Schifanoia to Villa La Fonte. Working in Villa La Fonte, I will be helping users who are taking part in researches for the Robert Schuman Centre and Max Webber Programme departments.

I consider this as a new challenge as I will need to adapt to a new environment, meeting new people and understand which software are used.

Day trip to Venice

Venice is the city I have been looking forward to the most whilst working in Italy, it is known as the ‘Sinking City’ meaning its slowly taken over by the sea each year. The journey there took just over 3 hours from Florence on the coach, arriving at 9 am.

The first thing I did was to take the water-bus to the city center, where most attractions are, after getting off outside St Marks Square Piazza San Marco the place was already full of locals and tourists.


Instead of queuing up to an hour just to get inside the Bell Tower or the Cathedral, I decided to explorer Venice and leaving these places until the end. I walk through many narrow ally ways and crossed many bridges, finally arrived at Ponte dell’ Accademia where it was less busy. Ponte dell’ Accademia is one of 2 main bridges that connects Venice together, on top of the bridge you will see an amazing view of the Grand Canal. Once you have crossed the bridge, you will be further away from the city center.


Whilst on the other side of Venice, I went to see Peggy Guggenheim’s art museum. It is a top tourist attraction where you will find peace and quiet, at the same time you can enjoy the art people have created a long time ago.


Next, I walked up towards Rialto Bridge to see Venice’s most famous outdoor market, but I was too late and they were closed. I slowly headed back to St Marks Square as its getting late and queued get up the Bell Tower.

The view of the Bell Tower is amazing, you can see the entire island of Venice at 50 meters above sea level.

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Before heading back to the coach station, I stopped by a restaurant to have dinner before handling the 3 hours journey again. I ordered a seafood spaghetti and its a ‘must do’ in Venice as it is also famous for the seafood.


This is the end of my trip in Venice and there are much more to see. Again, same as Rome I don’t have a lot time and will be very expensive to stay over in Venice.

From personal opinion, Venice is the most beautiful city I have seen and I will definitely visit again.




Day trip to Rome

Last week I visited the Rome, capital city of Italy. I travelled 3 hours there by coach from Florence arriving approximately 6.30 am. Upon arrival, all the shops and cafes were closed so I decided to visit the Colosseum first before it gets busy.


The Colosseum was beautiful and no wonders why so many people visit there everyday. From research after hours of opening, there could be a 2 hours queue before entering this historical building. To get here I took the metro/underground tube from Tiburtina to Colosseo, costing less than € 2 for 100 minutes.

I moved on to my next attraction to see the ‘Mouth of Truth’, which is a historical lie detector that is believed to haven bitten the arm of the liars after putting their limb inside the mouth.

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On the route to Trevi Fountain, I found the Altare della Patria also known as ‘Altare of the fatherland’. This building was built in the honour of the first king in 1925, till now the security is high as there are military soldiers inside to protect it from any harms.

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Arriving at Trevi Fountain there are constructions in place causing the actually fountain to be closed, as you can see from the image. Trevi Fountain is another hot spot in Rome. Thousands of tourists comes here to see the fountain and follows the tradition to throw coins with your right hand over your left shoulder, this suppose to bring love and romance to you.


The Pantheon, one of the best preserved concrete buildings in Italy built between 118–128 AD. This building has the history of 2000 years, inside you will find details of sacred gods.

Before heading back to coach station I went to one of the parks in Rome, simply to relax myself to this sunny day and enjoying my lunch. There is so much more to see in Rome which I didn’t get the chance too due to the lack of time there.



San Vincenzo Beach Italy


I travelled to one of the nearest beaches from Florence, taking approximately 2 and half hours.

The beach was overwhelmed with people since this time is right in the middle of summer holidays, plus August is the hottest period of the year.

Upon arrival, I realise that most beaches were privately owned by hotels and landlords. Some beaches were free to use but most are restricted unless you have permission to their lands.

Overall the public and private beaches are exact same except that water sport equipments are available for hire at private beaches.

Work Station at EUI (Villa Schifanoia)


This is my work desk where I will be spending the year (unless there are changes).


This is the rest of the office, filled with computers and IT equipments. There isn’t much to talk about my office other then its quite spacious for 2 people to work in and I enjoy working here.

About EUI

The EUI same as any other universities but they only offer doctorate level studies to promote the level of research/studies around Europe. The institute offers 4 subjects and 2 researching departments:


  • Law
  • History
  • Social and political science
  • Economics

Researching departments

  • Max Webber Programme
  • Robert Schuman Centre

Throughout the year I will be working in Villa Schifanoia, the site that looks after all the technical problems for staffs, researchers and professors from the Law and history department.


Starting placement

Shortly after getting my results for second year (2:1), I flew to Florence a week prior starting the placement to give myself sometime to prepare myself.

Going onto the roles and responsibilities as an IT support, these are the duties I will be doing everyday:
·    Helpdesk management (answering on the phone, first line troubleshooting and solving, opening and closing support tickets)
·    Installation of PCs
·    Asset management (HW and SW inventory management)
·    Cloning procedures
·    Networking
·    Installing PC hardware – external peripherals and internal components
·    Installing software on Windows and Mac platforms
·    Troubleshooting on software and hardware on Windows and Mac platforms
·    Email ( MS Outlook or Web-based)
·    General support of user IT related problems
·    Documentation skills including HTML

I will be here for a year starting from the 16th July 2015 and finishing on 15th July 2016.

Website Created using Codeigniter


Following from the previous assignment, I had to change the style I program in PHP. After learning how to program using a framework (Codeigniter), I was given an assignment based on a case study.

The study is about children who has been referred to this school due to their disability problems (Click about us on website for more information). The company’s problem (A sheltered workshop) was they needed a website so they can use it daily to manage the schools database (for students and admin). The website will also be an online catalog where our potential students can view the offered courses before they apply.

This website is built using CSS, PHP, JavaScript and JQuery.


Florence Visit


During my easter break, I went to Florence (Firenze), Italy for a week trying to get used to the culture/area before moving there at the start of the placement. Florence is really busy city if I were to give my own opinions but also very nice in site seeing and the weather. Now I’m back and cannot wait to come back again to actually start living here for a year.

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