Trying to Fit in One Espresso at a Time
Molly, Milan, Spring 2016
January 14, 2016

As I walked off the plane in Milan, I knew this city was special.  There were so many fashionable men and women, and this was only in baggage claim. From gorgeous leather handbags to beautiful coats and shoes, I realized the fashion here was serious.

Molly B - Milan - Spring 16

Here I am at the Minneapolis Airport about to leave America for 4 months! 

As I begin to settle in, here are a few things I have learned in my first week:

1. I should have tried to learn some Italian before I left. The only thing I did was to download Google translator on my iPhone.  I really regret not taking a college class or trying to teach myself some before I left. I am learning, but the language barrier is very strong. With that being said, Italian is very easy, because it is very similar to Spanish. I am slowing learning the basics, but it is going to take a few weeks!

Molly B - Milan - Spring 16

Here is me spinning on the bulls balls. It is a tradition in Milan! It means that one day, I will come back.

2. Learn the metro/bus system. Milan is a very industrial city. Public transportation is a vital way of getting around. Our SAI advisor showed us the bus system and how it works the first night in Milan. When she showed me, I thought to myself, oh this is easy! Well, the next day without her, it was not so easy. Not having a GPS available, I had to go old school with a map. With only getting lost once, I found my way from the apartment to the center of the city and back. Yay me!

Molly B - Milan - Spring 16

Here is a selfie of me getting all settled in at my apartment!

3. Don’t be afraid! I came to Milan not knowing anyone, and I’ve already made good friends. Everyone in the SAI program is in the same situation. I also have made friends through NABA, my university here. They do a great job of integrating all of the students. There are many university planned trips and day events that I am excited for. It is a great way to learn a little more about Milan, while meeting new people!

Molly B - Milan - Spring 16

Here is me at the top of the Duomo. The Duomo is as breathtaking and beautiful as I imagined.

All in all, it has been an amazing first week. I never though in just a few days that I would have made so many friends, eaten the most amazing food, and seen such beautiful sights. Milan, I can’t wait for what’s to come!

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Molly is a current student at University of Missouri studying at Nuova Academia di Belle Arti in Italy during the Spring 2016 term.

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