The Olympic Torch Relay Comes to Milan!!

Trip Start Jan 11, 2006
Trip End May 21, 2006

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Monday, January 30, 2006

I finally got to sleep in!!! I slept until 10:00, and was feeling better. I found out the flame wasn't coming to the Duomo until 9:00pm and that there was going to be a concert at 4:00pm, so I figured I'd explore. I got ready around 11:30 and headed to check out the antique market by myself. At the bus stop I ran into a graduate student who was taking English literature and language, so I lucked out and she was able to tell me about the Naviglio District and where to get off the bus for the Canal. Unfortunately, the market was closed when I got there, so I stopped for a croissant and bought some stamps before heading back to the apartment.
I successfully opened a can of Campbell's tomato soup! You're all probably like congratulations, you can use a can wasn't that easy....we don't have a can opener. I searched the draws, and I found something that looked like a small blunt edged sword for cooking, and in the tool box, I found a really fat wire cutter. After a while, I managed to get hole in the can to pour the soup out. I've got to find a can opener.
Anna and I got to the Duomo around 4:00 and met up with the boys. There was a stage set-up for the concert, and two large tents one for CocaCola and one for Samsung. We wandered around for a bit, because we found out the concert wasn't starting until 8:00. We went to a small restaurant and got pizza. I have now become accustomed to eating an entire 6-8 slice pizza by myself (this is the third time I've done it), then we walked back to the Duomo.
We checked out the Samsung tent, they had dancing and a mechanical snowboard. I got my first free item, a Samsung Torino Flag (it was plastic, but still, it said the Olympics on it). I then hopped in line at the CocaCola tent, we could get our picture taken holding the torch, and sitting in a bobsled. I waited in line for a while and saved a spot for Rick, we then were able to get in. We found out that we would get our picture put on a pin, which was cool, and we also could get commemorative CocaCola bottles. We were just getting our pictures taken at 9:00 and we were rushing because the torch was coming through. Well it ends up that the concert had barley started, and by asking around I found out it wasn't coming through until 11:00!!
Mike, Anna, Sam, Rick and I hung out together. The concert was all right, a little long. It was fun though, there were interviews, music and of course, a fashion show, we're definitely in Milan. I kept wandering around, I wanted to scope out the area, to see if I could figure out what direction the torch was coming from. I spotted someone with the torchbearer outfit, and I was like awesome let me get a picture of him, so I was just standing there and snapped a picture in his face. Then when I looked at the picture, I thought it was Giorgio Armani (he was a torchbearer), but it wasn't, it was a very close resemblance.
I got another flag, this one from CocaCola, it said Live Olympics on it. As I was looking around, I spotted a Samsung representative handing out trumpets with material flags on them!! I had to get one. I went over, but she was out, so I stalked the Samsung tent like a hawk until she brought more out, and I ran over and got one!
The torch was late, of course. They set up a path for the torch to come down, I got on the front row. We waited what seemed like forever, and finally the torch came. I got video of the torch, and also the lighting of the cauldron, or whatever it's called. It was a great night, so much fun!! When I got home, I realized I had accumulated two CocaCola bottles, pictures of me with the torch and a pin, pictures of me in a bobsled, a Samsung thunder stick, three CocaCola flags, two Samsung flags, and a trumpet with a Torino flag. What a night!
I'm still sick, and now I'm tired as ever, so I'm off to bed....I have to get rid of this cold, I can't tell whether it's getting worse or better. Ciao Ciao!!
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