My main accomplishment of the day was learning how to use the Milan subway system, or the Metro. We were given metro cards that allow us to ride as many times as we want for the next 48 hours and we DEFINITELY used that to our advantage today. After all of our rides today I surprisingly feel more comfortable with the Milan Metro than I do trying to figure out the Port Authority buses in Pittsburgh.
The majority of our day was spent at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – the largest private university in Europe. We were given a lecture on fashion supply chain by one of their graduate professors, Francesca Romana Rinaldi. I was desperately trying to take in as much knowledge as I could, while simultaneously fighting off the jet lag that I apparently still have. Since I am both a business nerd and interested in the beauty industry (that goes hand in hand with the fashion industry) her talk really hit home for me and spiked my interest. Getting to hear from professionals like her are some of experiences I was hoping to get out of this Plus3 program.
After, a group of Italian students took us to the main campus to eat lunch and tour a part of the campus. A fun fact for the day: as you all probably know in a cafeteria in the U.S. it is common to have maybe salt and pepper at every table so it is there on hand if or when you may need it… in Italy they put extra virgin olive oil on every table instead. I hope some of you find that as interesting/quirky as I did, so I thought I’d just throw that tad-bit in there. After we finished walking around the university a group of us decided to get gelato to take up some of the time we had left before our next meeting, and even though I couldn’t get the particular photo I wanted off my camera to add to this blog – know that it was as “picture-worthy” as you’d think it would be.
For our last assigned event of the day, we all took a walking tour of the Leonardo da Vinci Museum – it was filled with a bunch of replicas of his old sketches and really gave me a new perspective on him. He wasn’t only a painter, but a scientist and innovator as well. This was the part of the day that I genuinely began to be able to appreciate being surrounded by my peers of engineers as well – who were clearly thrilled by all of the science content in the museum, similar to how thrilled I was about the speaker from the morning.
To end the night, a small group of us decided to have a formal Italian dinner, utilizing our newfound Metro skills to get to Moscova, a section of Milan known for shopping and classical food. We found a chic smaller restaurant named Drogheria Milanese where I had probably the most traditional Italian meal that I have eaten so far on the trip, with my main entree being paccheri pasta with prawns and tomatoes. It was so delicious that I’m still thinking about it right now while typing this blog post.
To our dismay, once we were ready to leave the restaurant though, we realized that we had to travel back in the midst of a rain storm, thunder, and lightning. Not the ideal situation, but I want to give a big shoutout to Molly Hughes for lending me her umbrella, which without I probably wouldn’t have survived our trek back. Good news though – I am back in our hotel now safe and sound and drying off. No rain storm or anything could ruin this, again, great day in Milano! Ciao for now!