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May 5, 2016

in Alex Newell, Europe, Italy, Spring 2016

Traveling and living the Italian lifestyle over the last 3 months has me exhausted. I’ve seen a lot of Europe as well as my home city of Milan. All of the sudden I have 3 group projects and 4 finals over the course of May- so that’s cool. I guess I had to come back down to Earth at some point! Since this is my last weekend of travel (Dublin) and fun, I’ll do a brief highlight reel of my time in Milan.

Exploring: Milan differs from a city like Rome or Florence in the fact that it does not have all the historical architecture of an Italian city. Sadly, a lot of our beautiful buildings were lost in WWII. That being said, there is still plenty to do and see. Sempione is a beautiful park next to an old castle in the east side of Milan. It is beautiful in the spring and summer when everything is green! Navigli is a more nightlife centric area built along canals. There are a ton of cool restaurants and bars with outdoor seating along the canals. Most of these places serve Aperitivo- in which you pay for an all you can eat buffet and a drink. It is a fantastic deal, but watch how much you eat! Garibaldi is a wealthier area on the north side with great shopping and a ton of hip restaurants, but it is definitely on the more expensive side.

Eating: As I mentioned above, Aperitivo is enough food to last you for about 2 days. However, if that isn’t enough, there are plenty of pizza places that fill the void of Chicago’s Lou Malnati’s and Giordano’s in my life. Spontini is probably my favorite. They cut their pizza with something that looks like an industrial paper cutter, and their crust is so so good. Focaccia is also really popular here. It is basically pizza bread covered with whatever topping or with meat/veggies baked into it. Also fire.

Things to do: Nightlife in Milan has been pretty prime. There is something going on every night. Sadly with all this school and real life stuff, I probably will not be able to go out on anymore Wednesdays (sympathy please). Other than that, Milan is home to 2 huge futbol teams, AC Milan and Inter Milan, and going to a game is an absolute must. The fashion culture is huge here as well. There are plenty of fashion shows, design expos, and even just walking down a street you will see brands you have never heard of. Design Week was a couple weeks ago, and it does not cover just fashion. There was a design expo covering architecture with so many neat designs for building and sculpture ideas. It made me wish I had an ounce of artistic talent!

That’s it for me this week, time to lock myself in my room for 3 weeks for finals!

 

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