Day 143, 144, 145 & 146
Milan was a crazy city for us in both good and bad ways. Between the departure of Zac and Aidan, our incredible dinners, the relentless rain, our journey out of town and our all nighter in the airport, we definitely had some adventures.
I have to start us off on a sad note this time as both Aidan and Zac did leave us from Milan. Now I assume all of you, well most of you now know that Aidan did leave us to go home earlier than expected. He decided to surprise his family and I'm sure his girlfriend, leaving us two days earlier on our second day in Milan. Zac also headed home on his original flight, leaving us on our 2nd last day there.
Now as sad as we were on last few days we had with the boys we knew we had to do something special to send them off. Us being us, you can guess what we did and we said goodbye to them with a fancy dinner. What made it even better was that with two different departure dates, we got to have two dinners. :) So on Aidans first and last night in Milan, we headed into town, right next to the Duomo (will explain later) to a fancy Italian restaurant for an amazing meal. Two days later, we did it all again, this time heading out for Indian, a meal we have not had in quite some time. Boys, I'm sure you are will read this and want to thank you for a rocking four months. The trip will not be the same without you but we will try our best to still get into trouble
We tried our best to take a look around Milan but rain as always was a bit of a killjoy. We were told that it always rains in Milan but when we arrived there on the first day weather was looking fantastic. Unfortunately we didnt really take advantage of it and of course the next day, when we did want to go out, it was bucketing with rain. Nevertheless we managed to go see and climb the massive church referred to as the Duomo in the middle of the town. Now whilst I've said before that churches have been impressive, this Church tops the charts. Being ridiculously huge and so intricate, with sculptures in places you couldn't believe this place was incredible. On our last day we also managed to go to San Sero, AC Milan and InterMilan's home stadium for a tour. Going into the changing rooms and walking around the stadium was awesome as we got to see areas of a football field we never had before. They also had a museum there, displaying many trophies and other memorabilia each team had collected and won. The stadium even had a games room which consisted of a virtual soccer match, foosball table and soccer quiz which kept us entertained for quite some time.
Besides that we didn't do much in the way of sightseeing as Milan didnt have much that really interested us. We did a bit of shopping, explored the town, ate some food and that was all. The days of Milan really weren't the highlights of this city.
The nights on the other hand were completely different story as we managed to get taken around town by a awesome group of locals. Right at the beginning of our trip, in Mykonos to be exact we managed to meet a cute group of girls at a club. After some discussion we found out they were from near Milan and told them we were going to be there in about 4 months. They immediately invited us to come out with them, which, as you will now hear, ending up making our Milan experience.
Meeting up with them twice in the 4 nights we were there we had a absolutely awesome time. The first night we caught up they took us to a bar/restaurant called 'Coffee Spa'. This place once a week had a evening called Happy hour where you ordered a drink (all of which were ridiculously expensive) and were served a full meal with it free. From pastas to bruschetta, to meats and more they really pulled out the all the stops for this dinner. From there we headed to a club, creatively named "The Club" for a big night. I'm assuming the girls organized all this in advance as when we arrived there we managed to be on some list and skipped the line straight away. The place was amazing, looking like a club for the rich and famous. Whilst we were a bit out of place, we just got into it and had a great time.
When we initially booked Milan we planned on staying three nights an thus booked 3 nights in our hotel. When we got there and decided to suddenly fly out to Poland instead of Switzerland, we found the only plane was a day later than we wanted. This would mean we would be one night short of accommodation. However upon hearing this, the girls, so sweetly invited us to their town outside Milan for some dinner, drinks and even a lift to the airport.
So at about 5pm on our last night in Milan, Gav, Az and I (we were now down to three) hopped on an hour train to the town of Varese. In the pouring rain we arrived there to see the girls waiting for us, ready to go to dinner. We were quickly whisked away in their cars to a pizza shop in town. Now this was not just any pizza shop. I can safely say, this was the best pizza I have ever had. After being in Italy on a budget for about 3 weeks you really learn a thing or two about pizza.
From there we headed to a bar nearby called the 'Jamaican Pub' where in a style similar to Ios you were served a bowl filled with drinks and fresh fruit. We spent a good portion of the night there as the place was packed and everyone was having a great time. By the time we left the place was so pumping that there was actually a line to get in, something I have never seen before in Pubs.
After messing around in the centre of town a bit we realized it was getting late and the girls were still going to give us a lift. So, we farewelled our last Italian city, hopped in the car and got driven all the way to the airport, a thing unheard of since Sydney. I want to thank all the girls for some awesome nights, we would never have seen Italy like that if it wasn't for you. Giulia, Valentina, Maria, Anita, Elena and Alexandra I know you are all reading this and we expect to see you in Sydney soon.
Whilst the girls night may have ended when they dropped us off, ours certainty didn't. With our flight at 9am and the time being 3:30, we still had a while to wait. As we walked in the terminal we saw 100s of people in the sleeping bags trying to get some shuteye before their flights. Trying to join them we dropped our stuff and began to shloff. However it wasn't long until before security just like in Athens, woke us up and made us move. So we spent the next few hours walking around like zombies waiting to catch out flight.
Here comes Poland.