Ciao! from milano, italia

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I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect, they are much more interesting

MARC JACOBS

 

YES- I moved to Milan, Italy. Isn’t that wild?

Moving to Milan, Italy for Spring 2019 semester has been the most magical experience so far. I had no idea what to expect, didn’t know where I was living, or who I was living with. I didn’t know how to use the metro, was not adjusted to the time it takes to do errands, was unfamiliar with this new city, and jet lag is a real thing. I knew nothing except for that Milan was beautiful, the fashion was out-of-this-world, and culture is simple. I knew that since I have extended family in the South that Italy felt like home. When I left Italy in May 2018, I got travel depression because I didn’t know when I was going to get the chance to come back to this amazing country. Somehow in God’s plan for me, He gave me the opportunity to not only come back, but to live in the same country for 5 months. God is so cool with how He amazes us.

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So here’s the tea sis - adapting was very different that what I was expecting. I came to Italy for a month during Summer 2018. I traveled to Rome, Venice, and Amalfi - but for some reason coming to Milan wasn’t the same. It was a culture shock for me. I believe that was also because I was actually living here this time, not visiting.

The people in Milan are awesome, but reserved at first glance. To me, that was weird since Rome is so accustomed to tourists. Milanese people create a high-fashion culture especially different from Rome. Rome gets more tourists - that’s why at first glance Roman people seem nicer. However, don’t let that fool you. Students that have studied abroad to Rome in the past have said it is difficult to actually learn Italian culture since Roman people think everyone is a tourist.

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I got really blessed with the location for my apartment. IES Abroad (the third-party program my study abroad is through) places people randomly throughout the city. I was lucky enough to get placed in the center of Milan and a 5 minute walk from school - I can see the top of the Duomo from my kitchen balcony. MAJOR S/O TO IES - thanks for a cool location. Milan is full of cool places to go like the Gucci Wall, Via Torino shopping center, the Prada Museum, the castle, and Navigli.

The reason I picked Milan was because 1) I wanted to go back to Italy at any chance I got and 2) I LOVE fashion - I love being around so much creative inspiration in one city. Milan was the perfect city for fashion. Fashion is such a big part of what I want to do with my career because I absolutely love envisioning each outfit, curating a perfect image in my head, and making my idea come to life. Ever since I was a little girl, all I ever loved was buying clothes, making cool outfits, and trying new ways of expressing myself through fashion. There’s something so amazing about expressing yourself through clothes that I love so much. The biggest reason why I love it so much is that you can get a feel for someones personality and interests just based on what someone wears. From a non-materialistic point of view, I love being able to express myself and see how others do the same.

Traveling has always been such a dream of mine and it finally happened that I was blessed with the most amazing opportunity to study abroad in Milan for 6 months. I love Italy. I love fashion. I love traveling. That’s why studying abroad in Milan made the most sense. I can’t wait to share some inside tips for Milan like my favorite places, experiences, restaurants, cafes, and things to do if you visit. Stay tuned and if you have any questions, feel free to ask. XOXO


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