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University of Huddersfield

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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.

Florence Visit

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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.

Placement in Florence Italy

Italy For placement I will working at EUI (European University of Institute) for a year to gain industrial experience.

This will be a once in a life time opportunity working abroad in a foreign country and, I personally think it will push me further then getting a placement in UK, since I will have to speak in Italian and working beyond my comfort zone without additional support from family.

My placement will last for 12 months and I will be starting around July after getting results for second year.

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