My roommates and I booked a flight to Milan for the weekend. We left late on a Thursday night so we could have all day Friday to explore. We flew out of Ciampiano, the other airport in Rome. It was the sketchiest airport I had ever been in. They hardly checked anything in security; we stood in lines to then get on buses to get to the airplane. We finally were on the plane and it actually was a nice plane considering we were flying on cheap Ryanair. When we arrived in Milan we had to take a hour taxi ride into town to get to our hostel. When we arrived at the hostel we were greeted by our hostel staff, Victor. He was a tiny Egyptian-Italian with a funny personality. We went straight to bed so we were ready for the day on Friday.
I woke up on Friday with a cramped neck, not surprising considering the mattress was rock hard. We headed into the city center on the bus which took even longer then it does in Rome. We grabbed some lunch, toured a castle and park and then headed to shopping! The shopping was similar to Rome but I found a few cute items! After shopping, we headed back to our hostel and got ready for the night.
Time tends to get away from my roommates and I, especially when we make new friends at our hostel. We met new friends from Sweden, Hungary, Germany, Wales and France. We all sat on the balcony chatting for awhile until we finally headed out on the town at 11pm. When we finally made it to the area where the clubs were we decided we had better get dinner. Nothing better than dinner at midnight! After losing a few of our friends in transit we headed to a club. It was fun, a typical club with typical creepy Italian guys. We stayed and danced for a bit and then decided it was time to make our way back to our hostel. Overall, all had a fun night!
Saturday morning we slept in before heading across the street to eat one of the best kebab wraps I have ever had. Sometimes the places that look not so pretty outside have the best food inside. Later that afternoon we headed to see the Duomo and the Galleria. The Duomo was gorgeous and walking around the galleria looking in Prada, Louis Vuitton and Gucci was not bad either. Of course, there was a fancy McDonalds situated across from Prada, they are everywhere! We then grabbed dinner at a pizzeria where the staff hated us, what is new?? After, we headed back to the hostel to hang out and share a few drinks with our new friends from all over the world. We literally sat for hours just discussing everything from basketball to politics with everyone. It was more informational than sitting in a classroom all day. So much fun, too bad we stayed up so late and then had to be at the airport at 6 am to catch a flight home on Sunday.
Milan is different. There is not much history or interesting culture there but the shopping was great. There is a very different feel there versus Rome. It feels as if people are classier yet they do not seem as deeply rooted in their culture. It felt much more like New York. Overall we had a great weekend with many many memories made.