Well, I got my luggage.

on Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The past 3 days have gone by in a blur!! As you can probably tell from the title of this post, I finally got my luggage which is a huge relief!! From talking to Lufthansa and United Airways for a few days it seems like my suitcase logged more miles than I did. Now, all I need to do is continue hunting for apartments and hope something decent comes up soon. 

I've liked the city of Milan more each day as I see new parts of it so I'm excited to be living in a city that I find so enchanting. It's hard to explain in words, but when I'm riding the tram (think lightrail if you're from Minnesota or trolley (except nicer) if you're from Philly) or walking through the streets, it just feels right. In a way, I think the city is similar to Bogota, Colombia, the city where I was born. For example, I think those two cities are much more alike than Milan and any city I have been to in the US, so it almost feels like home. 
Some of the things I have noticed for better or worse are: my Italian is better than I thought it was, Euros don't fit in my wallet well since they are all different sizes, sparkling water is a must-have for Italians, I really need to go see Inter or AC Milan play a match soon, and it can be nearly impossible to find a cab.
This is of a video I took a couple of days ago at the intersection near the hotel:

Today was the first day of my intensive Italian language course and it went pretty well. I am excited for the class because I want to learn as much Italian as possible while I am in Italy... how awesome would it be if I came home fluent?! My actual semester business classes don't start until February 15th, so it will be nice to be able to have a couple more weeks without the added stress of those classes. It seems like everyone from the other schools can take all their classes here pass/fail so I may be one of the few who will actually need to study!

Picture I took from the top of the Duomo. It is the cathedral of Milan and it is the center of the city. A better picture can be seen at this link: Duomo di Milano

Unfortunately, as you can see from the picture above, I haven't seen the sun since arriving in Italy. Hopefully the next time you'll hear from me I'll post a sunny picture :)

Ciao mi amici!


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