Milano forever holds a place in my heart
Elena, Milan, Spring 2015
May 18, 2015

My time here in Milan is coming to an end. It’s all sorts of feelings, excitement to go home but sadness to leave all of my friends, experiences, traveling, and the city behind.

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I’ll miss these sunsets from my balcony

Even though it’s so bittersweet, there are an endless amount of memories that I will cherish forever. But here are 15 of the best memories or things of Milano:

Elena - Spring 15 - Milan

Milan fashion week..such a great opportunity being a fashion student getting to experience shows and events around Milan

  1. Immersing into Italian culture- Italian phrases, the many courses included in a meal, Italian dress (dressing for the season and not the weather)
  2. Learning to cook meals with food from an Italian grocery store
  3. Meeting friends within my program and in my classes at NABA
  4. Experiencing fashion week (Men’s and Women’s) and the events that surround the city during this time
  5. Shopping around Piazza del Duomo
  6. Learning to use Milan’s ATM system (the metro, tram, bus)
  7. Milan nightlife
  8. Attempting to speak Italian to locals who don’t speak English
  9. Being surrounded by Italian fashion
  10. The beautiful canals of Navigli
  11. The cute puppies everywhere
  12. Meeting people from different countries
  13. Trying new foods in restaurants all over the city
  14. Navigating around the city easily and fast
  15. Seeing the transformation of Milan preparing for the Expo


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Night out during Design week

Elena - Spring 15 - Milan

Beautiful day on Navigli during Design Week

Of course there are many more memories and things that I love about Milan, but one thing I can thank this city for is for giving me lifelong friendships and experiences that I will have forever. This city gave me an opportunity to grow and see the world outside of what I know. Milan forever holds a place in my heart.

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Photoshoots for our projects in Styling class

Elena - Spring 15 - Milan

Learning to cook


Elena was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Spring 2015 term. She is a current student at University of Missouri studying at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) in Milan, Italy during the Sprig 2015 term.

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