The discussion before theology class this afternoon devolved into a discussion of how to beat the system when riding (or attempting to ride) a train in Italy. It occurred to me that a great deal of savvy-gathering ought to be done by any traveler to Europe, before leaving western hemispherical soil. Learning on your own may make the lessons stick harder, but the wear and tear on your nervous system is most likely not worth it.
Expect the train twenty minutes either side of the scheduled arrival time, but rarely (if ever) when the board actually says.
Don't expect it to be at the designated platform when it does arrive. It's probably over...there... someplace.
Don't bother asking if you are allowed to sleep in a train station, because they will kick you out. Just do it without asking.
Avoid sleeping in train stations at all costs.
Don't trust someone who speaks really good English. They're trying to scam you.
Don't trust someone who speaks really poor English. They're trying to scam you.
And so on...the list will be added to many times, I'm sure. After all, I've yet to go anyplace myself, as yet. I should work on that. Maybe go to Rome this coming fall....spend a week in the British isles on the way. Oh, yes. Very good stuff.