Hello from Milan! This summer I have been doing an internship with a media startup called Social Reporters and taking classes at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore here in Milan, Italy. I have absolutely been loving it! I live in the heart of the city and have been able to explore all the different neighborhoods with some of my new friends from my program.
My favorite things so far have been the coffee and aperitivo! Although Milan does’t have typical cups of coffee, I have converted to drinking cappuccinos and espresso (which we get endless amounts of at my work!). Then, aperitivo has been incredible! You order a drink, and then have access to basically an all you can eat buffet of pastas, cheeses, olives, and prosciutto. I typically do this for dinner to save money 🙂
At my job, my co-workers have been extremely welcoming, and this past week we did the social media coverage for the 24th World Congress of Dermatology. I had never heard of it, but apparently it is a huge deal in the world of doctors! If anyone is curious to see all of the exciting posts you can check out @wcd2019milan on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube 🙂 Although it was a rather dry conference, I did get to attend one of the social events for the doctors where they rented out the entire Sforza Castle and had so much amazing food, performances, and a huge light show about the history of Leonardo da Vinci. It was amazing!
As I am studying art history at W&L, Italy has truly been the place for me! Two weekends ago I was able to travel to Padua and Venice where I was able to see the first major frescoes of the Italian Renaissance by Giotto! In Venice I got to see more amazing art, eat amazing food, and ride on a gondola! I have plans to travel many more places on the weekends to see as much art as I can.
I joined a gym in the city center and learned it is where all of the models and very attractive businessmen work out so it has been a very different experience than the W&L fitness center haha! Also, I have been preparing my walk from campus to the tennis center by walking about 5-10 miles a day just to get around the city!
I can’t wait to hear about everyone’s summer adventures when we get back to school.
Ciao for now!- Madeline #21