The Last Day

Since there is no internet and I haven’t been able to upload anything until now I am going to just write this from the perspective of now, which is three days (+/-) later, and append some stuff that happened between then and now at the end of this post. On the last day we went…

17 May 2018 – the eleventh hour

Today we had another walking tour of Milan, this time to Excelsior, a luxury brand department store in the city center.  The tour led us through the four different levels of the building, which sold lifestyle products on the ground floor and clothes on the other floors. There were a lot of flashy products that…

15 May 2018 – slow day

Today was pretty slow because we just did’t have a lot on the agenda.  There was a free morning so a few of us went for a walk into the city center of Verona. We ended up climbing the tower in Piazza Bra to get a good look at the city.  We counted the number…

14 May 2018 – boats n stuff

Today was the day I most looked forward to: Venice Day.  It is the coolest city I have ever been too, for the obvious reason that it was built on a lagoon on stilts and spans across several different islands.  I like it for more than the beauty, though.  There are no cars in the…

13 May 2018 – autobots roll out part 2 book of secrets

“Autobots roll out” is a phrase that Optimus Prime would say to the autobots when they would leave one area and go to another area, sort of like a rallying call.  “book of secrets” is the tag line from the second film in the timeless “National Treasure” series, featuring the dubiously talented Nicholas Cage as…

12 May 2018 – …Chinese??

This morning was fantastic.  I laid in bed until 11:30 because we didn’t have to be downstais in the lobby until 12.  I got an opportunity to just be on the internet on my phone for a while which is something I haven’t gotten to do in a while so it was really nice.  I…

11 May 2018 – Lost in New York

I woke up this morning after a very comfortable sleep in a very comfortable bed in the hotel in Florence and went down to a breakfast similar to the ones I had in Milan.  The first thing on the day’s agenda was to walk to the Florentine Leather School, which was about a mile away. …

10 May 2018 – over the river and through the mountains

waking up was very difficult this morning because i went to bed very late last night and sleep is important if you want to be awake.  the group left milan this morning and travelled via bus to florence.  the drive was very cool.  the appenine mountains are a beautiful part of this country and we…

9 May 2018 – I Love This Company

Russell and I got up after three alarms at 7:50.  It is becoming increasingly difficult to get out of bed but it isnt a big deal because we always do eventually.  Breakfast was the same except I didnt have any coffee.  Today we took the bus to Mantero Textiles, which manufactures silk and other luxury…

8 May 2018 – Adventures in the Metro

Getting out of bed was a real struggle this morning.  Russell’s alarm went off at 8:30 and we both very sluggishly got ready for the day.  Breakfast was the same as yesterday.  Today we visited Cattolica University in Milan, which is the largest private institution in Europe.  We took the metro there, led by Luca,…

7 May 2018 – Walking, with a side of eating

After an okay sleep last night, my roommate Russell and I woke up this morning at around 9:00 and went downstairs to Hotel Sempione’s breakfast room and enjoyed a breakfast of croissants and yogurt.  I also had a cappucino.  The Milanese shorten “cappucino” to “cappuci”, which I have never heard in Sicily where most of…

4 May 2018 – Intro

Hello friends! My name is Nick and I am an engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh.  My intended major is Materials Science.  I graduated from Central Catholic, which is a high school down the street in Oakland.  While there I rowed and played in the marching band.  In my free time I coach the…

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…