Day Thirteen: Our Last Day

This morning I enjoyed my last croissant and cappuccino in Italy. After breakfast, we headed to the Milan Fashion Library. This was one of my favorite visits because I love to read books and magazines. We got to look at a ton of old vintage fashion magazines. The one that I read was a Seventeen…

Day Twelve

Today started off with another walking tour through Milan. It was nice to see all the shops, although I think everyone was tired of doing walking tours by this point. One interesting this we saw was a huge department store. This store was not how I pictured a department store because it had many high…

Day Eleven

This morning we packed up all of our stuff onto the bus to head back to Milan. The bus that we ended up taking was the Verona soccer team’s bus. While we were driving, so many people stopped to take pictures of our bus which was pretty funny. Before we got to Milan, we stopped…

Day Ten

Today, we didn’t have any group plans until the afternoon so we had awhile to explore Verona. A few friends and I got up super early to explore before it started getting crowded. We were hoping for good weather, but it rained the entire morning. Our first stop was Juliet’s house. I’m not very interested…

Day Nine

My day started off with an amazing breakfast at the hotel we are staying at. The breakfast was huge and they had so many options, but I went for a waffle, fruit, and a cappuccino. Today we took a train ride to Venice. I slept for the whole ride, and when we got there, we…

Day Eight

Verona was our new travel destination for the day. It was a long bus ride, but it was also nice to have some time to relax. As soon as we arrived and saw the city, I knew it was going to be one of my favorite places. The first activity of the day was a…

Day Seven

This morning I went to a cafe nearby to buy a croissant and a coffee. After that, we walked around Florence and went to the Accademia Gallery. There was a lot of cool artwork to see there, including Michelangelo’s statue of David! Next, we traveled to the Duomo. It was a great spot for pictures…

Day Six

We started off our day with a visit to the leather school. We got to see the whole process of how leather bags and clothing pieces are created. Next, we were able to go get lunch on our own and explore. A friend and I found a place to sit at outside, and I tried…

Day Five

Today was a traveling day. We packed up all of our things and headed on the bus to Florence. When we got there, I was surprised at how different it was from Milan. There were so many tourists, and the streets were very crowded. I’m not a huge fan of busy cities, so it will…

Day Four

Today, we traveled to Lake Como. We visited the fashion company Mantero. Mantero prints and designs fabrics for companies like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci. They also have their own fashion line. During our tour, we learned about how the designs are created, printed, and sent off to the companies that purchase them. We also…

Day Three

This morning, after I had my usual cappuccino and croissant for breakfast, we traveled on the metro for the first time. We arrived at Università Cattolica, a university in Milan. We learned a lot about the university and what they have to offer to international students. There was also a presentation about the fashion industry…

Day Two

Today started off with a delicious chocolate croissant and a cappuccino. After breakfast, all of us struggled to learn some Italian before we headed out for the day. I can’t say that I learned how to speak Italian, but I did learn how to pronounce grazie which ended up being very useful throughout the day!…

Day One

After a long flight, we finally arrived in Milan! We had an amazing Italian lunch which consisted of bruschetta and many different kinds of meat. After lunch and a health and safety information session, my friend Dana and I decided to go exploring. We went shopping and found a place to eat gelato! However, we…

Let’s go to Milan!

Hi! My name is Kari Eshleman, and I am studying mechanical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. This year, aside from studying and doing homework 24/7,  I have enjoyed meeting new people, participating in clubs like the Society of Women Engineers, and exploring the city of Pittsburgh. When I have free time, I enjoy traveling,…

Meet Plus3 Italy 2018!

Welcome to the Italy Plus3 Study Abroad Program! Dr. Karen Bursic and Dr. Renee Clark are traveling to Milan, Italy with 20 College of Business Administration and Swanson School of Engineering students from May 5 – May 19. In addition to numerous cultural experiences, the trip will include visits to Como Textile, Milan Textile, MF1-Mario Faroni Knitwear Factory, Sartorial Cavour…