Well at least that’s how I felt today!
These past two days have been super productive! I ate more Gelato, took Candace to Il Duomo, window shopped some more, ate at a really cute cafe, and I moved into my new apartment here in Milano. love it! (Candace moved in today) Here are some pics! (Sorry some of the pics will be in this post twice as that’s just how wordpress does it. So the gallery has every pic I uploaded, but I put them within the post as well. *Shrugs*)
It’s the cutest lil European place you ever did see! And our hosts are AMAZING. The woman was captain of the Italian Women’s gymnastics team for the Sydney Olympics, and the gentleman is a professional cyclist! They are great people and extremely helpful! Plus we have a 42 inch TV in our room…. which is really nice. LOL
Today was also extremely productive! I got up to help Candace move her things down to the apartment from her B&B and that was crazy. I left my map at home so I decided to just wing it. It was okay, but I got lost and thankfully Candace came looking for me. We happened to catch each other right before it got out of hand. Candace was staying in Chinatown which is just hilarious to me for some reason. There’s a Chinatown EVERYWHERE!
But as we started to head back and catch the tram we realized there was an issue. Apparently today the Italians decided to strike. I guess it was planned? Not quite sure, but it seemed as though things just kind of shut down and opened as the day progressed whenever people felt like it. *shrugs* The tram we were trying to catch decided to shut down as we were lugging bags around which was a bummer. Oh well, we taxi’d it up with the help of a nice young Italian gentleman that spoke amazing English and sensed our plight.
Once we got settled in we headed out Bocconi to get me checked in, buy cell phones, and see what was happening down by the school. Today was open market day in our neighborhood and it was AMAZING (I mean what isn’t here in Milan)!!! Open market happens twice a week, and so on Saturday I’m going to go down and buy some fruits, veggies, and cheeses! The cheese here is unlike anything I’ve ever had before.
We got super lost on the way to the school, but I also found a great cafe with really good sandwiches. I had the Panini with Proscuitto, Goat Cheese, and Salad. Pretty tasty! We handled our business at Bocconi and I surprisingly ran into a guy with a University of Miami bag. Ha! Loser! After we left Bocconi, we then headed out to secure cell phones. In all honesty, it’s just too hard to be here without some way of quickly reaching people here in the city. The phone is SO old school. It’s like a tiny Samsung with buttons on it. That’s right… buttons. That’s it. I felt super official after getting my Italian phone number. Next we stopped for coffee, and I re-entered heaven.
Sincerely, that was the best donut I have ever had! It’s great because this place is right by campus! I got a chance to check out all of the nifty little cafes by campus, and I think I’ll have lots of great places to stop in for a quick bite or drink and some afternoon Skypeing, reading, or just plain out relaxing.
I went back and forth with grabbing another donut because I figured I’d walk it off either way, but logic prevailed and we headed back to our neighborhood. Really we just wanted to see how long the walk would be from campus, and it wasn’t too bad, probably 25 minutes once we get good at it. Lastly, we made our way to the supermarket. This is usually my haven, but it’s not so easy when you don’t know what you’re buying. We also got loyalty cards and the application itself was a hurdle. I think the lady just gave us the cards because she couldn’t speak English, and we weren’t getting anywhere on our Italian. I did some really great shopping though, and the stores here are just way smarter. Matter of fact, a lot of things I’ve seen here so far are a lot smarter than in the States. It’s very intriguing, and it makes me wonder why we make things so hard. I wanted to buy some wine, but I feel like I need a professional opinion on Italian wines before I make a poor purchase. So I’ll be sure to ask my hosts.
All in all today was a GREAT day. I didn’t have gelato, but I had some great coffee. Coffee and Gelato are like Soda and chips here. They are must haves. I’m cooking dinner tonight, and I’ll probably ask my hosts for their opinion on a great recipe!
Tomorrow will be jam packed as well, and school starts on Thursday. To be honest, school has been the farthest thing on my mind. Sadly I feel like that’s the last thing I came here for. LOL Oh and tomorrow I’m going to Ikea. I love me some Ikea!