Trip Start Feb 28, 2011
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Hotel Margherita

Flag of Italy  , Lombardy,
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I thought the weather was perfect in Paris but it may just have been little better in Milan.  I decided to make a quick stop in Milan on my way to Malgolo, which is where my relatives live.  So I only had a few days in Milan.  I got to my hotel and tried to check in but they were overbooked and were not able to honor my reservation.  They called another hotel for me and gave me a map and said go there.  

I went there and it was cheaper and in a better location.  The hotel was just of Buenos Aires which is a street lined with shops and restaurants.  My first full day in Milan I walked out onto Buenos Aires and the streets were blocked off for a Sunday afternoon market.  There were booths selling pizza, pasta, wine, olives, cheese and salami.  Each stand had samples, perfect way to start day.  From there I headed to the San Siro for a football match between Inter Milan and Fiorentina.  The San Siro is one of the best places to watch a football match in the world.  It holds over 80,000 fans and has a great view overlooking Milan.  Inter Milan are the defending Italian champions and also defending European champions so they could be considered the best team in the world.  When I got to the ticket booth I had to buy a ticket but they wouldn't let me buy one without a passport, which I left in the hotel.  So it was off to the streets to try and scalp one.  It reminded me off the time my Dad and I scalped tickets to Phillies World Series in 1994.  I ended up getting a cheaper ticket than if I would have bought one from the ticket booth.

After the game, I headed to the Duomo, the famous cathedral dates all the way back to 1386. I had a gelato in the Piazza Duomo just watching people walk by.  Off to the left was the Galleria Vittorio Emanuel.  From the San Siro to the Duomo to pizza for dinner, it was another perfect day.

I was also able to go see Castello Sforzesco a 14th century castle.  Walking through the castle I heard a guy singing in Italian playing a guitar.  He was sitting inside the castle and when I got close enough I could make out the words he was signing.  Some words were in Italian and some in English, "Don't worry about a thing, everything is gonna be alright".  By this point, I have heard Dek sing this song in Indonesia, a homeless man in South Africa and now in a castle in Milan.  Each with their own unique accent and each time I heard the song it was perfect.  Either I am following that song around the world or it is following me either way.

The food in Italy has been amazing, spaghetti with meat sauce, nuetulla crepes, salame sandwich's, pizza and gelato.  Before I left in February I had emailed my relatives in Italy and I was not sure if I would make it to Italy.  I knew that if I went to Europe I would try to visit them in northern Italy.  So I was emailing my extending family along the way and letting them know when I got close to Italy.  I received this line from Demis Giuliani, "You can stay here in my house, we prepared you a room for your permanence, my mother is a good cook!  Then we'll show our country!"  How could I not go to visit them, if anyone prepares a room for my permanence along with a good Italian cook willing to show me the country?  I went to the Milan Central train station which felt like a museum in its own right and boarded a train for Trento where Demis would meet me and drive to Malgolo.

"Don't worry about a thing, everything's gonna be alright"-Bob Marley
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