I woke up this morning feeling refreshed, because it was the first time I slept in a bed in two days (Tower A beds don’t count– it was like sleeping on a piece of cardboard with a Kleenex as a blanket). After having a croissant and some kiwi at the hotel for breakfast, the group had a little crash course in Italian from an American that moved to Italy. She informed us of various customs as well as how to pronounce commonly used words (I guess Gratzie is pronounced GrAH-tsi-eh rather than GrAH-tsi as I’ve been saying the whole trip so far…).
After, we were free to get lunch on our own. A group of people and I went to an authentic Italian market called “Eataly.” I ate a veggie panino and stracciatella and banana gelato. I feel inclined to disclose that the focaccia that the panino was on blows Cathedral Cafe’s famous focaccia out of the water… Pitt students will undoubtedly not believe me.
Then, we went on a walking tour of Milan. Yeah, I walked five miles in my Steve Madden wedge sandals. Looking cute is more important than comfort in a city where every street is a perfect photo op. We walked all through the streets of Milan, from the more modern neighborhoods to the older ones. Milan is a very “green” city, and they incorporate sustainability into many of the designs of their modern buildings and parks through solar panels and vegetation. There was even an apartment building that was covered in trees!
We saw many other sites such as La Scala (the famous theater) and several churches. We eventually ended up in the Piazza del Duomo where we walked through La Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. This is a huge luxury shopping center, and its beauty was truly breathtaking. Sure beats the run-down Shenango Valley Mall with two stores in my home town. Ross Park Mall has now been down-graded to my second favorite mall.
We finished the tour at the Duomo, which is a cathedral that took over 600 years to build. I can’t even describe how I felt when I first saw it, so I’ll just include a picture. No, I have no pictures of the inside because I didn’t get to go inside. Why? Because it cost 10 euros. This is when I missed my parents most, since I know they would pay to go inside. Never mind, I guess I just miss their money (sorry guys if you’re reading this).
Other highlights of today include taking the Italian subway and going out for dinner with friends (after I post this to my blog of course 😉 ).