TRANSPORTATION DURING STUDY ABROAD
One of the most dramatic differences between living in Miami and European cities is the use of public transportation. You will not be in a car for a month. Europeans almost universally use metros and busses. As a result, the systems are modern, inexpensive, and efficient. The one cultural situation to be ready for is that “personal space” is much smaller in Europe, especially on transportation. Europeans are polite and reserved on transportation, but they will be close to you. Beware of pickpockets.
After the first few days, you will know and love the public transportation and the mobility and independence it provides you with.
This travel advice is primarily directed to students participating in Bailly’s FIU Honors College France, Italy, and Spain study abroad programs. It is intended to help twenty-somethings explore, seek adventure, and truly immerse themselves in a culture. The goals are to travel affordably, travel safely, and to live like a local. Always remember, however, that what works for some may not necessarily work for you. Ultimately, your decisions are your decisions.
Isabella Marie Garcia