June 18, 2016
Alex Walsh, Senior Accounting major, Hometown: Wolcott CT
Today is our very last day in Italy. Five weeks came and went in the blink of an eye, but I guess you could attribute that to all the good times, lasting memories, and life lessons that this trip has instilled in me. As we all boarded our bus at 8:30 heading for Milan, it became all too real. In twenty-four hours I would board my direct flight back to the United States. I look back on my time in Italy as one of the greatest joys in my life so far. Everyday was a new journey with my new friends and each journey left me with a new tale to look back on. I could tell a continual story of my time in Italy and each day, but that could turn this blog into a novel, so I will tell you of our time in Milan.
The bus rolled up to Hotel Teco at approximately 11 a.m. From there, there was a team discussion of “where are we going to eat?”. The cuisine that Italy has to offer is outstanding and has left my taste buds joyous from the meals I have been dining on for the last five weeks. To say that our next move from the Hotel was to go to one of these exquisite places would be a lie. The portions in Italy are not the size I am accustomed to in the U.S., so I, as well as others, wanted to eat as much food as we could so we chose to go the best buffet in Milan. After filling our appetite it was time to explore Milan. As we exited the buffet and into the streets, we separated into groups depending on what you wanted to do, my group set our sites on visiting the Milan Cathedral. Getting lost is as part of adventuring through Italy, as is anything else.
Small streets and no cellular data is a recipe for disaster. After about thirty-five minutes of getting lost and turning around we made it. As you walk up to this massive 14thcentury masterpiece, you are filled with awe and questions. How did they create this before cranes? How did they move all that marble from wherever to here with no trucks? But you just look up and appreciate what is in front of your eyes. We walked around the piazza and grabbed little souvenirs for some time till we decided that our next stop was Castello Sforzesco and Parco Sempione. As we walked there, we visited shops and boutiques picking up last gifts for family members and friends. Talking about our time and stories from our adventures made the walk a quick one. As we entered the castle, there was a gorgeous fountain that greeted us. The castle had seen its days, and was now more of a standing barrier between the inside green yards and the bustling world of Milan. Once through the castle you are met with Parco Sempione, there we would spend several hours just sitting in a field overlooking the pond.
That night fourteen of us would go and enjoy our final meal at Brasserie Ristorante Mediterranea. Dining on lobster, carbanarra, tagliata, and our final glasses of fine Italian wine, we talked and laughed about how we had evolved as friends and family through our five-week journey in the beautiful landscape of northern Italy.