I’ve now been in Italy for about a week, and have done lots of exploring in and around Milan. The city is huge, and there’s so much to do and see! I’ve visited the city’s famous Duomo, being it’s most recognizable point of interest, and La Scala, the famous opera house. Several days ago, there was a dedicated performance to a composer that recently died, where the opera house’s doors were open and the orchestra played from within, allowing for the music to radiate into the streets for the people to hear. This is the third time in 300 years where this has been done to commemorate a famous musical artist.I’ve also been to several of the different areas in the city, including my favorite,Brera, which is full of cute cafes and art museums. On Friday, I visited my University, and walked in and around the campus. It’s full of picturesque,old buildings and green courtyards, with students all around. They all seem to wear dark clothes, puffy jackets, and smoke. I’ve noticed that most Italians are smokers and are all very thin…even though there’s so many goodies to eat
At first when I moved into my apartment and began exploring the city, I found the language barrier to be incredibly challenging. Getting simple things done, such as exchanging money or changing the SIM card in my phone, to be very difficult. Not very many people here speak good English, so it was pretty overwhelming getting anything accomplished. However, now that I’ve been here for a week I realize that I just needed time to adjust to this foreign city and the language. I find it easier to communicate with people now that I’ve accepted that not everything is going to be as easy to get done as in the States, and it’s all part of the experience of traveling abroad.