Milan in 8 hours--Friday, March 26th

Trip Start Jan 11, 2010
Trip End Apr 28, 2010

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Flag of Italy  , Lombardy,
Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Hi everyone!
 So I don't kill myself and you all writing a ton of stuff about my awesome week in Italy last week,  I'm going to split things up by city and write them when I can.  This is the second to last week of classes, so final projects are taking up a lot of my time right now.  

Friday morning, 8 of us set off on a 6:30am flight to Milan after a very short night in the airport.  When we emerged from Milan's metro into the heart of the city, we got an amazing view of Milan's cathedral right in front of us.  It was stunning.  It is truly a gothic masterpiece and is amazingly beautiful.  Though the weather was rainy and crappy, seeing that beautiful cathedral in front of us made me forget all about the weather.  We went inside, and it was just as amazing inside as it was outside; it just felt old.  They had many paintings hung throughout the cathedral, including a really cool painting of Dante and his Divine Comedy.  

After soaking up the magnificence of the cathedral for a while, our growling stomachs led us in search of food. In such a touristy area, we were having a lot of trouble finding semi-cheap food.  We almost went for a decently expensive restaurant, but then someone spotted a cheap-looking place with locals streaming out of the doors: perfect! It turns out that this place is pretty famous for 'panzerotti', which are hot pocket-like 2.30 Euro bundles of deliciousness.  I got one with prosciuto and mozzarella and it was fantastic.  mmmmm..

 After lunch, we tried to head off to an area that looked really cool on the map, but when we got there after a 40 minute walk, it was abandoned and not interesting at all.  No pasa nada--it was a nice walk.  Milan is a very modern city, and frankly isn't near as cool to see as any of the other places we visited.  I can't pick a favorite between all of the cities--i loved all of them, but I can pick a least favorite: Milan.  It wasn't that Milan was bad, its just that it wasn't as jaw-droppingly amazing as all of the others.  
 Going with a group of 7 other girls caused some interesting problems on the trip.  Large groups of tired and stressed girls with strong personalities are bound to have conflicts.  Most of us had traveled together before (we had a group of 6 of us in Sevilla) and we hadn't had any big problems, but there was one specific addition that caused us all much woe.  None of us had traveled with her before, and her cattiness caused the group to fragment badly.  From the beginning, tensions were always high and someone was always unhappy, and it just got worse as the trip went on.  It ended up being that myself and another girl were the first ones to split off because we wanted to go tour museums, and lots of the other girls can't stand the idea of museum-hopping for most of the day.  So throughout much of the trip, it was just this girl Katie and I museum-ing together, which I think worked out better for everyone involved.  Katie and I had a great time together because we have very similar travel priorities and are both major nerds.  All in all, there was a ton of drama, but we split off whenever we could and we made the most of the trip.  I don't want to rant about this forever, but lets just say that the annoying girl that I wrote about earlier in the semester was just as annoying as ever, but she was nowhere near as bad as the problems caused by the new, catty girl.  

Who cares though, right? I had a great time overall, and I saw everything I wanted to see.  

If you want to know more about what else I saw, you'll have to wait at least until tomorrow! 
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