Turning 29 in Milano and going out to a Sri Lankan meal with Paola and her friends followed by a very fun evening at a Communist rally/carnival. Who knew that those Milanese communists knew how to party so well? That was my first and last Sri Lankan meal not because it was horrid, it was very good but because I haven't found a Sri Lankan place since then.
WARM clothes!! and layers, they dont seem to understand central heating, as they keep it so hot you feel like melting whereas outside it is so cold you feel like it is entering in your bones!
also remember if you really want to fit in you will have to bring a pair of shades, even if it is Winter!!
Clothes for all pockets
The biggest shopping-street in Milan is the Corso Buenos Aires, a 20 minutes walk from the Duomo. There are shops for all people and all sizes of pockets. Most of the shops are for those who wants to buy clothes, but there are also bookshops, sportshops, and, since it in Italy, also a lot of shoe-shops...
It's definately not the place for the cheapest shopping in Milan, but still you will find clothes for also resonable prices. The street is about 1-1,5 km long, and has both famous and less famous stores. And after the shopping-time, you can sit down, relax, and have a good cup of italian coffe in one of the many cafés or restaurants. Clothes in special, but also shoes, food, jewelry and more and more. As more or less everything in Milan, it's quite expensive also here. But if you want to shop in Milan, this is the street to start at.
Like many places in Milan, this small venue is multi-functional; founded in 2000 it sometimes hosts art shows on the ground floor and concerts on the first floor. Usually, however, it's a simple nightclub with house music on the first floor and an ambient chill-out area downstairs.
This place is run by ARCI (Associazione Ricreativa Culturale Italiana) and therefore, works differently from other nightclubs. To enter you have to buy annual membership to ARCI which costs 15 euros, though that's a one-off payment and the drinks aren't expensive. So, if you're just going to go for one night it might not be worth it, but if you go a few times then it's much better value.
As I don't like dancing to house music I preferred sitting downstairs; since it's a small place, the atmosphere is intimate and I found it ideal for sitting and chatting with friends over a drink. No dress code. The atmosphere is quite informal and I actually managed to chat to some strangers (usually Milan is like london; people keep to themselves, but here I found some friendly people).
Best way to get around in the whole town
The bus-system works over a bigger area than the metro and have a lot of different numbers and lines. Note that you can’t buy a ticket onboard on the bus, you’ll have to buy that in advance in a tobacco- or newspaper-shop. Could also be found in the metrostations or in cafés. Just ask for a “biglietto per il metro”.
Also the buses starts going early in the morning. The last buses on “normal time” goes around 2am.
There is a time table for every bus and tram, but seeing how the traffic is in Milan it's not so strange that they rarely comes and goes in time. Two minutes late, five minutes early, 20 minutes late... But they go often on most lines, so just go out and catch one when it comes. And if you really have to get somewhere in time, make sure to be at the bus stop at least 10 minutes in advance.
Also remember to hold out your arm, as a sign that you want to get onboard. Otherwise the bus driver might just drive past you.