Now when people told me Milan was the place for fashion, I’m like, “Oh okay, yeah, whatever.” But I was sooooooo wrong. I’ve learned over the years, that I’m not a very fashionable person. I think I tried at one point but finally had a realization like…Sophomore year, that I was going to wear whatever the hell I wanted…and that is okay with me…but I couldn’t help but feel a little insecure walking around those shops. You could eat off the ground in the fashion district. The only thing I have to compare Italy to that I have seen before in my life is the Venetian in Vegas, but I’m sorry, I can’t even respect the Venetian anymore. I’ve seen more fashion and “poshness” in two days of being in Milan, than I have in my whole lifetime, and I have been a couple places, especially with my shopaholic grandmother. I don’t want to waste money on clothes but me and my friend did say that one day we will treat ourselves to one expensive outfit…I’m down…
Even though I can’t afford any of that crap in that part of town and probably will not be visiting often, if at all, the tour was beautiful. I didn’t even feel worthy of being in that part of town.
After the tour we ate at that place where they sold i Panzerotti aka calzones. They were good…
One thing about Italy, it is half the size (geographically) of California, but the same amount of people. 50% of Italy’s economy is in Milan. Everything here is bunched together. People are living ON TOP of each other.
How much Milan is like Los Angeles. It still doesn’t feel like I am in Italy. It feels like I am in like Santa Monica by my homestay, downtown near the Duomo and 3rd street in Via Montenapoleone.
How posh the city is. Everyone is very well put together. It is clean which is surprising since it is just a big city. Plus people are VERY particular about recycling. Part of our orientation was learning how to recycle. If you don’t separate your waste into paper, plastic, glass and garbage, you are fined. The program even warns that they will fine us if we don’t respect this LAW. They even have advertisements encouraging recycling.
The food…I don’t need to say anything more.
Eating and cooking is a big part of the culture which I love love love love!!! I can’t wait to cook with them. Italians eat a lot of carbs and cheese but still manage to stay so skinny! Reason: walking A LOT, smaller portions and clean, natural food. Even their “fast food” is good. Being at the dinner table like an Italian family was interesting. They are very loud and expressive and it makes the dinner experience very enjoyable.
The city is so lively. There is ALWAYS something to do.
My homestay. A very very very great decision to do on my part. It does give me that sense of having a family away from home and preoccupies my mind. It helps me drastically with my language, getting around, learning the customs and culture and not to mention, eating some home cooked Italian meals. My homestay parents are great, helpful and always concerned of my whereabouts.
Italy has more ART per square mile than any other country in the world…
If you thought the outside of the Duomo was breathtaking, you would be so taken aback by the inside. It is amazing. For someone who values their faith as much as I, this was truly a gem. Everything was so antique and holy that I almost did not feel worthy of being inside. I am not Catholic but have been to the Catholic Church in Los Angeles by SC’ and I thought that was amazing…but this…
How could something like that be built without cranes, tractors, etc and withstand centuries?!
They suggested I visit the Duomo on a clear day. They say you can climb the stairs all the way to the roof and see the Alps from there.
After, we wandered back into that store Rinascente. Oh my gosh…8 floors of women, men and children’s clothes, shoes, cosmetics and furniture, ALL designer brands. Here too, I didn’t feel worthy of being around all those expensive ass clothes. And it was PACKED! I saw shoes that were worth more than my life.