That would be me, Mrs. Moglie. Married to a native Italian, Mr. Marito.
Mother to a daughter in high school, Ms. SmartyPants and a son in middle school, Mr. Uometto.
Employed at a private British School as an English teacher and Coordinator of Children's Studies.
Part of a small, but growing Protestant church in Frascati, a small town in the hills just outside of Rome.

This is where I sometimes gripe, complain and grumble about the things I dislike, have yet to get used to or simply don't understand about bella Italia.
I do, however, have many people, places and things that I dearly love and I am more than aware of being blessed by each and every one of them.
Also - a few helpful posts for visitors to Rome or for newly arrived ex pats. Check the side bar for tags. I've even some recipes that I've borrowed, tweaked or invented. One thing I've come to love about Italy is how it's changed the way I eat - slow food !! Although ... I do miss Taco Bell ... and Jack in The Box ... and KFC ... and ::sigh::
Thanks for stopping by !!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Western Union @ Termini

* If you're here for the Western Union in Termini, 
skip all my blahblahblah and go straight to the 6th paragraph (beginning at the second photo).

Termini is Rome's rail/train station as well as the main subway and bus terminal. If you live here, you've passed through Termini a hundred times and know the floor plan by heart, or, if you're direction-less like me, it's moderately familiar. If you're a tourist, visiting Rome, then you'll want to know that this will (probably) be your point of reference for the remainder of your stay. Wherever you need to get to or return from, Termini will almost always play a role.

You'll come here if you need a train to Naples or Milan; if you need to switch subway lines from A to B or vice versa; if you need to catch a bus - and while you're here you can freshen up in the restrooms (if a. you can find it b. it's open c. the lines are only reasonably and not terribly long), you can have a snack or a complete and nutritious meal (please please please don't eat at Mc. Donalds, instead, eat here or eat pizza), buy books, magazines and newspapers, take photos (automatic photo booths), grocery shop and there's even a pharmacy !! Here's a (sort of) complete list of shops and businesses that you'll find in Termini.

And if you're looking for a Western Union that actually serves as a Western Union, one that isn't closed, and doesn't lack funds, then this, my friend, is a good day for you.

More after the jump

*in order to make sense of today's post, please read yesterday's post first
Otherwise, the remainder of this post may possibly give you the (incorrect) opinion that I am weird 
and with a habit of spontaneously changing the subject to write randomly about all manner of 
nonsense, which, really, is not the case ... well, okay, sometimes. But not today. 

I went to Termini, Rome's train station and main Subway station. There, Western Union services are offered by ... is it the State? I don't know. It's not a private shop. It's a service offered by the train station, which is, in essence, a State run (although privately owned) service. I think.

*6th paragraph here !!

If you need to find a Western Union in Rome, this is your best bet. It's open Monday thru Saturday from 8:30am - 8:00pm and Sundays from 8:30am - 7:30pm, the clerks speak English, they have necessary funds to cover most large transfers and it's easy to find. 

It's on the main floor of Termini (where the trains are, not subway cars, but choochoo trains). If you can find the escalators in the middle of the main floor (as opposed to the escalators at one of the entrances), the ones that are directly in front of the trains, just look to your left (as you come up from the lower floor) and you'll see a newspaper/magazine stall. There are two Western Union offices, back to back, located next to the railway police and the railway police are next to the newspaper/magazine stall.

One of the offices has a blue sign with CHANGE written vertically and in white. This office is sometimes closed or sometimes will not offer Western Union services ... just ... depends ... no rhyme or reason (surprised? Don't be. Get used to it) - the other office is directly behind it (walk around the newspaper/magazine stall), will have both the CHANGE sign and a Western Union sign. It looks like this  --- --- --- >

So Mrs. Mom went and changed my name to reflect my maiden surname, removing Mr. Marito's surname from the Western Union transfer. I decided to skip all 4 of the Western Union offices in my neighborhood and go straight to the big guy, the Termini station's Western Union office. What could possibly go wrong now? Right? Riiiiight.

If you're Korean, or if you know any Koreans, you're aware that we, apart from our surnames, are almost always given two first names. (It may appear that we are given a first and middle name, but the second name is not a "middle" name as understood in the traditional western sense) If this interests you, click here for a quick study on Korean names. Having said this, I'll proceed by referring to the components of names as first, middle and last so as to make this easier to understand for you, the non-Korean reader.

Let's pretend that my name is: first name Kyoung, middle name Mee and last name Lee. So, Kyoung Mee Lee. (It's not, by the way) Now, Mrs. Mom speaks, reads and writes English well enough so I don't know how or why she would make this error, but my transfer information was stated as: first name Lee, middle name Kyoung and last name Mee. What I think happened is that Mrs. Mom wrote my name on a piece of paper and handed it to the clerk in Hawaii naively expecting him to know the Korean custom of writing last names first. When he asked her to write the receiver's name, she probably wrote, "Lee Kyoung Mee" - kind of like when in English we write, Smith Mary Jane. Now, as an English speaker, we would automatically recognize that Smith is the last name and Mary, the first. The clerk was probably not able to readily distinguish first and last Korean names. Mrs. Mom should have been aware of this - I will definitely be asking Mrs. Mom what in the world she was thinking when she made this mistake, but first, I have to figure out what time it is there. 

So, again, I was not able to pick up the money that Mrs. Mom and Mr. Dad so graciously and innocently sent, never dreaming that it would cause their second born daughter to go through such double double Italian toil and trouble. The idea was, to send me a small gift to buy a warm sweater each for Mr. Uometto and Ms. SmartyPants - the idea was, it was to be simple - a gift! Well ... I think I have an easier time at work, trying to teach a dozen rambunctious 7 year olds, on a sugar high, English than I do trying to pick up a simple gift sent through an international service that works quite nicely and swiftly in any other part of the world, but here ... She works hard for the money ... so hard for it, honey ... she works hard for the money, so you better - Stop that, Brain! I'm in no mood for singing. Harumph!

*Update: Yay! I got my monaaaaay! Geez - I had to show a photo document, my fiscal code and sign my  name 9 different times. I think those from outside of Italy can simply show their passport, without a fiscal code (because obviously, they wouldn't have one). The couple after me were changing dollars to euros and were required to show only passports ... so, I'm assuming it's the same for Western Union transfers too.


Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I think that is your best bet to get the money that was sent. Do ot use other western union locations. I was told my ID was fake. My passport has my middle name on it. Almost all of the western union employees in other locations are lazy, not very helpful. They act like you are diisturbing them. One told me to go back to the US and get my money that was sent to me. Very unprofessional

Anonymous said...

Who Owens western union in Italy? I would love to tell them my input