My worst football related moment in Milano
There have been some less good moments too in Milano. Milan have lost some games that have pissed me off, other teams have won the titles I wanted for Milan, and so on. But that’s a part of the game, and you just have to accept that you can’t win them all…
Instead my worst football moment in Milano came last spring when Milan and Roma met. I knew there could be trouble outside the stadium, so I had decided to get inside quickly. But when I was in the line, waiting to get in, with just two person before me before the gate, they suddently closed it, since there were a pack of Roma-supporters coming, and then no one was allowed to enter.
Unfortunately in the same moment, close to the place where I was standing, some Milan-supporters started to throw bottles, fire-crackers and other things against the police in order to get the Roma-supporters. The police throw it back, and I, together with the rest of the people close to me, understood that it was time to run, or to stay and fight.
I started to run, needless to say… ;) When I flew away I saw some smoke in front of me, and thought that it was another fire-cracker that had been thrown away.
One half second later I saw my mistake… Or, I didn’t see it, I just felt it. It was not normal smoke, it was teargas that the police had thrown… I ran right through it, and my whole face felt like it had exploded. Tears were flowing from my eyes, I couldn’t see, I couldn’t breath. Hundreds of people beside me felt the same. No one saw anything, we just ran and hoped the pain would go away. At the same time we didn’t know if that stupid police still were chasing us with more teargas (they must have thought it was really fun to throw teargas at innocent spectators… argh…).
15 minutes later my eyes finally stopped crying, and I could soon see normal again. After another 15-20 minutes my face didn’t feel so swollen anymore either, and I could finally start concentrating on the game I had come there to follow…
Milan's Games Against Arch Rivals Are Exciting!
Sorry to Inter and Juve fans....
The Milan tifosi (read: fans) always look forward to games against our arch rivals like Inter and Juventus. The red and black Milan side of the city (supporting the Rossoneri which incidentally means Red/ Black in Italian) will go WILD whenever the team win such matches!
If you're a soccer fan, you'll enjoy the atmosphere during such moments in the city.
But if you're not a soccer fan...(sigh), what can I say? You'll feel choked in the city during match days and the days after. ;-)
The same kind of things to buy, but...
... maybe 25-50 per cent more expensive you'll find at the Corso Vittorio Emanuelle II, right behind the Duomo. There is a big shopping-center in the beginning of the street, and then follows a lot of other shops in all kinds of sizes.
When you're done, or just in between two shops, you can sit down in one of the many caf?s at the street. Just be aware that you're right now in the most turistic area in Milan, so the prices will be there after... Not to cheap, that is.
The cheapest shop on this street will probably be Hennes & Mauritz, the swedish lowcost-chain. The store opened during autumn 2003 and has been a big success. The Milan-people seems to like the idea of shopping for a bit lower price now and then, and the local is normally crowded with clients.
I'm not one of them, since I got enough of their clothes in Sweden, but if you want to go there it's in the end of the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, at Piazza San Babila. Clothes in special, both for men, women and children.
And shoes, for everyone, with the will to find something more special, and more expensive. Quite much I'm afraid. As always in a bigger town it's quite expensive in Milan, and this street is even more expensive than normal streets in the town.
Not so much cow poke honky tonk as smoky jazz bar where a discerning crowd chew on cigars and Tex Mex dishes, listen to the riffs and check out the ladies. A renovated former office space with some duff lounge furniture and decrepit antiques, there’s an easy laid back feel to proceedings, although the great cocktails prepared by the barman are never less than precise. A great pre-club or pre-date meeting place, you’ll want somewhere less loud and smoky for intimacy and romance.
Arriving at Milan's main...
Arriving at Milan's main airport, Malpensa is a breeze. It's located about twenty miles outside the city center so you take the Malpensa Express Train. It's located on the ground level, there are plenty of signs so don't worry about finding it. Go to the office to buy your ticket before you board. It's a very clean, smooth ride into the city which puts you at the Cadrona Station. From there there are plenty of taxis or the Metro to take you to wherever it is you need to go. If you are taking the Eurorail somewhere else you need to take the Metro line to Stazione Centrale which is where all the Eurorails go through.
The underground Metro is easy to understand and use and goes many convenient places. Buying a ticket from a ticket machine is hard to understand so buy it at the newstand and remember that you can transfer trains but a transfer only is good for 85 minutes then you have to buy a new one. The bus line is effiecient as well. You have to buy tickets in advance for the bus, also from newstands because the driver does not sell bus tickets and will let you know repeatedly if you step on without a pass.