I am writing this from my last weeks in Milan, and mostly, I am writing this directly to the person who is doubting where they should go, and whether they should go on exchange.
You should go.
Milan is an incredible city. But mostly, I think it takes time to understand it. The longer I am here the more I want to stay. Every week, en route to some event or party, I happen upon a completely different neighbourhood of the city that I hadn’t yet discovered that has its own charm and identity. I think that is one of the things that are special about this city. It’s a big city, and its identity is fragmented in the way that it is constantly trying to reinvent itself, be innovative, be on trend, whether it’s in fashion, design, business, etc. Sometimes it succeeds, sometimes it doesn’t, but either way it’s always on the go.
Day to day life on exchange is for me the best part. My routine consists of class, around 11.30 for one and half hours (my attempts to get to 9.30am class generally result in a 45 minute long class instead), meeting friends for a macchiato (con latte di soya grazie!), having a panino at the bar near Cattolica, bumping into more friends, skipping class, get a dolce from the Carrefour express, going to an aperitivo around 8.30 (Thursdays at Bobino’s, get in for free 😉 ), or, as of late having dinner parties at someone’s apartment, potentially getting drunk on bottles of 2 euro wine, eating a lot of cheese, stumbling into a tango dancing street party at 4am, and um studying.
The walk to uni!
22nd Birthday at Como!
Panino in the local park feat. Castello Sforzesco
The stereotypes are real. Italians are late (someone understand me!), they are ridiculously good looking (‘al dente’ is our code word to describe the hotties that walk past), and dress impeccably in Milan, the bureaucracy is so real and insanely frustrating (bureauCRAZY am I right??), they stand in doorways, don’t pick up their dog’s shit from the pavements and are very passionate about their opinions. In all honesty though, I have met amazing people from all over the world, seen so many new things, travelled far and wide, and it has been the best experience of my life.
I am so sad that it is ending soon and I kind of wish I was staying for a year instead of one semester. Nevertheless, I am about to start travelling soon for the next two and half months, money permitting, and I am super excited for what’s to come.
Arrivederci e buonanotte!
Renee Alam 11723362 DAB