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Sam on the Street: Discovering Milan Guided by a Young American Girl – Part 1: Arrival

by Sam Silverman

 

Part 1 – Arrival in Milan

At 20 years old, I traveled to Milan Italy for the first time in my life. This is my first time traveling out of America, and here I am living in beautiful Milan for 6 weeks knowing no Italian. I don’t speak the language yet my thirst to immerse myself in Italian culture is ever present.
Being the New Yorker that I am, my expectations for cities everywhere are very high. Milan might give New York a run for their money since Milan’s beautiful architecture, historical value, and lively night life plays a good game against NYC.
Arriving in Malpensa was a blur. It was the first time I saw signs in Italian, and English. My mind was really blown when I went to use the bathroom for the first time and the handle to flush was no where to be found. FYI it’s a button that you push above. Just wait you enter a bathroom and all you see is a ceramic hole in the ground, also known as a squat toilet (I took off all my clothes for that one just to be safe…)
After my travel group and I settled in, my jet lag immediate subsided when I stood in front of the Duomo for the first time. I had never seen a building so substantial in size, yet so detailed in design. Seeing such beauty in a metropolitan area assured me that I could make Milan my home. And so my Milanese journey began.
Go on reading:
>> Sam on the Street – Part 2: walking tour in the Duomo Area and a night at La Scala Opera House
>> Sam on the Street – Part 3: a walk through Milan’s most elegant shopping area, Leonardo 3 Exhibition and “The Last Supper”
>> Sam on the Street – Part 4: a visit to department store la Rinascente and a rooftop walking experience with Highline Galleria
>> Sam on the Street – Part 5: A Visit to the Nineteenth Century Art Museum: Museo del Novecento
>> Sam on the Street – Part 6: a visit to the shopping district of via Torino
>> Sam on the Street – Part 7: experiencing Milan’s Central Park: Parco Sempione (Sforza Castle, La Triennale Design Museum, the City Aquarium, nightlife area Arco della Pace)


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