Nearly Milan.

Posted by jswt | Posted in General, Italy - Milano | Posted on 18-09-2010

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A week in Milan…
Well, kind of…

We were a 130euro cab ride from the airport and a 50 euro cab ride from downtown. We were staying at a big box mall community way out of town that was supposed to be joined to the metro line by summer 2009. It’s Italy though, so they’d just kind of stopped working on that and left the area to deal with the lack of foot traffic a metro line would bring.

I took the bus/train fiasco into town one day, and it started torrentially raining as soon as I got downtown. There’s only so many times you can be poked in the eye by umbrellas and then glared at like it’s your fault before you just want to go home and dry off.

There were 2 highlights of the week though:

On wednesday night there was a crew party at a dance studio that I helped decorate that was a lot of fun both to set up and enjoy later in the evening (definitely a reminder that I’m missing a creative outlet on the road). Great band, lots of drinks, good food, and a very nice fire in the back yard made for a very nice night.

On Saturday night before transfer, the restaurant that catered the party on Weds invited us for a late night meal that was really fantastic. A small, hidden little place that pushed the tables together so the 20+ of us could all drink great wine and eat many courses of great food, repeatedly cycling with more bottles of wine and more courses of food… a really nice night of socializing in a memorable environment with some friendly faces…

A very nice way to wind up a week in Milan that wasn’t really a week in Milan; It was more of a week in a nice hotel on the outskirts of Milan where I got a ton of work done.

But it was during what happened next that I accidentally gained a better appreciation and understanding of the city…

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