Some of you may or may not know that I recently took a trip to fulfill one of my goals for this year. You can read about it here. I could just write a novel about the trip but I’m sure you all have better things to do and frankly, I’m a horrible writer, so I’ll try to make it as short and sweet as possible. I do want to say that this was as exciting as a first trip gets for me. I have never been out of the country or been on a plane ever since I migrated here over 10 years ago. So needless to say, this was pretty much all new to me. No previous experience with traveling what so ever, so I took it not so much as a vacation but another learning opportunity.
The day of the departure, I just remember being a bundle of nerves and trying really hard to hide how anxious I was. For years, I’ve been dreaming of traveling somewhere and it was finally happening. Also, flying was really scary to me. Before leaving, we had pre-booked everything and did a ton of reading on the places where we’re going. At first, we wanted to just hire a travel agent since traveling to 3 different countries in a very short amount of time sounded very overwhelming, specially for someone like us who weren’t very experienced. But we figured that we didn’t want to spend anymore than we had to so we planned everything ourselves.
Another thing that I was a little worried about at first was Rog’s suggestion of only bringing a carry on since we will be on and off planes while over there. Now, I’m a woman of excess, I bring a TON of stuff everywhere for those “just in case” scenarios, so I didn’t know how I was going to manage to just bring one bag of stuff for the duration of our trip. I didn’t even really own a luggage bag. Luckily, a co-worker of mine had gone backpacking in Italy a few years ago with her husband and kindly let me borrow their backpacks. Anyway, it all worked out. I eventually had to do laundry in our hotel sink in Paris but oh well. Another mishap was bringing my DSLR camera to get some nice shots but ended up being useless since I brought the wrong lens. All the pictures ended up being taken from our phones.
So our first stop was Milan, Italy. Why Milan? We knew there were other way interesting and tourist friendly cities in Italy than Milan, but at the time that we were booking our flights, this was the cheapest destination. Like, way way cheaper. We only had two days here but made the best out of it. Luckily, Rog, who is a HUGE soccer fan, found out about a game happening during our stay.
I just wanted to add a little sidenote to this but we both have had cars since we were allowed to drive and neither of us knew how public transportation works. Using the bus and metro system for the first time was just something I will never forget because we literally had no idea what we were doing. On our first day at the Milan Central station, trying to find our way to the San Siro stadium, we came across a guy from Columbia who was also going to the stadium to watch the game. He overheard us asking for directions and introduced himself, he mostly spoke Spanish so Rog was doing most of the communication. He showed us how to use the metro system and hung out with him the whole day.
The stadium was amazing. The energy of the crowd and the whole atmosphere was so fun and entertaining that I couldn’t help but enjoy myself even though I’m wasn’t rooting for either team. The fact that this apparently was a huge game for this city was also pretty cool. Inter Milan won that night. 🙂
Our second day in Milan…
I have got the metro system down in just one day ha! So we traveled with confidence and found our way to our next destination which was the Piazza Del Duomo, where the amazing Duomo Cathedral is located.
We decided to walk around the center and I needed to get Rog a new team scarf since I lost his other one the night before. Luckily, that blue scarf wasn’t very hard to find. Had lunch at a restaurant with the view of the cathedral and made our way up the to the roof of the cathedral.
Funny thing, during lunch, I had my phone out on the table out of habit of course. The waiter warned me to never leave my phone out on the table because there were gypsies around just waiting for opportunities to steal from tourists. So to that waiter, grazie mille.
Bonus video of Rog missing a shot..