Ten days down. Ten days full of adventure, shopping, and of course, endless amounts of carbs. I came to Milano knowing very little about the culture and the city itself, but in these last ten days, I have learned more than I could have ever imagined. My apartment is where it all began. As the days pass, I’m learning how to flush the toilet, remembering how to turn the lights on before I enter the room, and forever questioning myself on which trash can everything goes in.
From the apartment to the streets, my knowledge continues. Before I arrived, the thought of public transportation lingered in my head. How does one get a ticket? Or how am I supposed to know what goes where? I can now say that I have successfully taken the tram, bus, and subway. I wouldn’t say that I have conquered the subject, but hey maybe one day.
As I explore the city, my mind is moving a hundred places a minute. From the architecture to the beautiful window displays, and to the constant aroma of pizza and pasta; one thing strikes my attention the most; that being, the life of an Italian. From their incredible style, to the way they speak, and even down to the way they hold their cigarettes, they have a beautiful and romantic way about everything.
Taking it all in can be rather exhausting, but in the end I couldn’t be happier to be in this beautiful city they call Milano. Day by day I continue to learn and grow, but hey give me few weeks and I’ll be ready to truly live the life of an Italian, and by four months I’ll be a pro.
Haylee is a Missouri State University attending Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti this spring 2017.