Day 1 in Milan!

Traveling to Milan has been extremely tiring, but has been a nice experience overall so far. Once we got through customs and got on the bus, it really hit me that we were finally in Italy. There first things that caught my eye was the beautiful Alps in the background. They were so amazing, and unlike anything, I’ve ever seen before. As we started to approach Milan, another thing that caught my eye was the architecture. There were multiple buildings that used vines and shrubs as beautiful decorations, which was really cool to me. I also noticed that the roads are structured very differently than they are in America. Many American cities are laid out like a grid, with streets going North and South, and perpendicular streets cutting East and West. However, what I’ve noticed about Milan is that the way the streets are laid out seems to be in no obvious order. Some streets are curved, others meet at an angle, which makes me think driving here could be really complicated for someone who isn’t a native.

After we arrived at the hotel, we exchanged our money and went to get lunch at the Delicatessen. The experience at the Delicatessen was very different than American restaurants. The three course meal was delicious, and I got a chance to enjoy curated meats, authentic lasagna, and dessert. Eating the lasagna definitely showed me how unauthentic much of the pasta we eat in America is. Another difference, was the time between each platter. There was about a 10-15 minute wait between the time we finished one platter, and when we were receiving the next. This was very new to me because American restaurants are typically focused on serving you as fast as possible, but Italians like to take their time a bit more.

It is now the end of the day and I am excited to finally get some much needed rest. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us tomorrow!

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