I’m no longer alone! My friend/classmate Candace has arrived! Yeyeyey!
Today was such an emotional roller coaster. I went frantically looking for a place to live and that was looking like it wasn’t going to work out because my bank is so super secure that it wouldn’t let me take a DIME out of the ATM. This lead to me freaking out because 1) I already don’t know how to use these ATMs 2) I need access to my money and 3) What if I couldn’t get it out to put down a deposit on a place!?
A lot of my stress this weekend has come from the lack of having a definite place. Well I can say that the good Lord came through and I found one! It’s adorable! I’ll upload pictures later. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my chest. Now I can truly go out and enjoy Milano!
I actually got to see a lot of the city today in running around trying to secure living quarters. First stop Il Plaza Del Duomo:
I was so amazed at the magnificence of it all. So amazed that the hair on my eyebrows grew back! (Actually, I just haven’t gotten around to taking care of them. Please excuse my poor appearance) But really, Il Duomo is AMAZING. The whole center of Milan puts Times Square to shame! There are no crazy ads of celebrities or whatever, but there’s history!!!! (And a few ads here and there)
By coming here I found all the shopping stores. I found Zara, H&M, Gucci, Prada, you name it. Mind you I will only be able to shop from the first two listed, but it was nice to window shop for a second. I was still stressed out during this phase of the day so I didn’t really get to enjoy much of the city center. But Candace and I will go back!
I was also hit with the swindle. The square is so crowded it’s like a breeding ground for hustlers. I was doing pretty good at saying “no.. no… NO… no grazie.. NOOOOOOO” but then one guy tripped me up. He was from Senegal and he hit me with the “You American!? BARACK OBAMA!!!” Then I felt bad. I’m not sure why, but I felt like he was trying to make some connection with me or something, and I guess as a nod back to the Motherland I felt I needed to respond. So I let him put the bracelet he “made” on my arm that he said was free. However as soon as he was done he said “Just a little bit of change.” That kinship I felt with him was gone, so I gave him €.50. I know he was mad because he simply said, “Goodbye”. *shrugs* Here’s what I got for all that hassle!
*sigh* I kind of like it though, so I’ll keep it on. But to Italians it’s like the badge of the loser. “Oh they got you huh?” is what they think when they see it.
Oh and I had my first gelato! Can you say amazing? I thought people were just hyping it up, but no really. IT’S AMAZING. I wanted to melt to the floor when I had it. And the little chip thing they put in it!? Where can I buy all of it?
It had me at hello. Gelato. Hello. That rhymes right?
My sleep cycles are still off, and I’m still not eating properly so there’s a lot for me to work out to pull it together. I did however manage to watch the entire FSU football game yesterday thanks to a ton of dedication from my Daddy and people with illegal links to videos. Thanks guys!
Top observations today:
- McDonalds is EVIL!!! How did they manage to get one on every corner here too!? It’s depressing and not near as delicious.
- “Ciao Bella” has become creepy to me. I had 2 dudes on the train today literally whisper that in my ear. Sends chills all up my spine.
- No one here is overweight. NO ONE. I get why though, there’s a ton of walking.
- My Italian is getting better. I stopped and asked someone a question today and they were like “Buon Italiano!” It was like they could tell I was recently on the short bus, but had graduated up.
- I have this transit system thing down and I’m really good at it! Again, they have NYC beat!
- It sucks we don’t get American holidays over here. Labor Day and Thanksgiving means nothing. Makes sense, but I could still use the break. You know, so I can eat more Gelato and drink more Wine!