The 5 things to keep in mind when riding the metro or bus

This morning I took a very long walk around downtown Rome – about 12 miles. By the time I finished my trek, I was so wiped I decided to catch the metro back to Basilica S. Paulo, before hopping a bus to a friend apartment in the suburb of “Roma 70.” The journey provoked a list of things to mind when using the bus or metro.

Here is my list of five things to keep in mind when riding the metro, or bus, across town.

  1. Where you stand. On every metro, or bus, there is a right place to sit – or stand – and a wrong place. In Italy you never know when a group of 30 people will fill the space around you. Make sure you have enough space to get you, and what every cargo, through the door when it counts.
  2. Number of stops to your destination. It seems like a no brainer, but in the chaos of the public transit experience you can forget where you are and where you want to go.
  3. Bag placement. This is key. You always want to make sure you keep purses, or for the guys “satchels,” and backpacks in front of you. It is easy to slip and have your carrying items drift behind you. This is perfect placement for quick pick-pocket.
  4. Fellow passengers. Keep an eye on your fellow passengers. Italians often don’t require much personal space, and can get friendly. However, always be cautions if people start getting too friendly.
  5. Traffic. Just like is San Francisco, New York, Seattle, or Los Angles, major cities in Italy have a rush hour. Public transit will get slammed with people and make it difficult, and timely, to bet from a to b – especially with bags. Keep an eye on the clock, and avoid the 4 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. time slot.

These are all things I forget get to do with out fail just about every trip. They are really good reminders and can save you a lot of time.

Please feel free to comment on if you agree with this list, or disagree with this list. I would really like to hear traveling wisdom from others.


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