Meeting New People and Seeing New Places
These tips are based on my last 8 weeks of traveling in Europe/Africa:
1. Buy/pre-order as many museum/attraction tickets online as you can.
2. Ask the taxi fare before taking off in a taxi, especially if it’s late at night or coming from an airport.
3. Charge your camera batteries every night.
4. If you have a Eurail pass and need to make reservation make them in Europe. It’s a lot less expensive.
5. If you’re climbing a few hundred steps up a tower, monument, etc. go only a clear, sunny day.
6. Learn at least Hello, Thank you, and Goodbye in the foreign language of the countries you are visiting.
7. Turn your cell phones off inside churches, museums, etc. If it rings and you must take the call, do it outside!
8. If there’s a running commentary (live or recorded), be polite and be quiet.
9. Dress appropriately and be respectful in churches.
10. If you’re traveling with children, don’t let them disrupt others around you. If they cry or throw a tantrum, take them outside.
11. If you have a complaint, do it reasonably without yelling and cursing.
12. Regarding pictures:
a. If there are signs saying “No pictures”, don’t take pictures! There’s a reason for the signs. Do you really, really need that picture of Mona Lisa to prove you’ve seen it?
b. Learn how to use your camera before the trip. If there are signs saying “No flash”, make sure you know how to use the camera without it.
c. If you see a couple or family with one person taking pictures of the other(s), offer to take a picture of both/all of them. Maybe they’ll reciprocate.
13. Check local holidays. Since many museums and stores will be closed, you’ll need to have other plans for the day. (Most stores throughout much of Europe are closed on Sunday.)
14. Don’t try to do too much. Leave some open time to just explore.
15. You’re on vacation so relax and have a good time!
Heel in the bull balls
In the middle of the Gallery you will find mosaics on the ground. On the left side with your back to the cathedral you will find the bull.
Put your heel in the bull's balls and make a full turn on your heel.
Locals will tell you your sex life and potential will be higher now.
A rodeo near Milan?
Just south of Milan in the town of Voghera (about an hour away on the highway towards Genova), there is a place called the Cowboys Guest Ranch. I was flabbergasted when we arrived (to an event organised by friends). It was a real ranch with horses and cattle, a small theme park for kids called Cowboy Land with farm animals (ncluding bison and llamas) and mechanical bulls! There is also a bar / saloon, hotel and restaurant. They have "live" music and on weekends, there are rodeos and cattle herding competitions and stuff.
Well, what can I say?
Even if you don't think you can part with your hard-earned cash to buy a pair of Prada shoes, it's still O.K. to stroll in to the boutique and window-shop.
Do dress well before you enter into any of these luxurious designer boutiques.
No, I don't usually buy any of the stuff in Prada when I'm not given a hefty discount. Meaning: I visit Prada only during mega-sales period! Yeah... Yeah... go ahead and laugh... I know I'm a cheapskate ;-) Prada bags, Prada outfits, Prada shoes... Don't ask....
How to get to San Siro
The best way to get to San Siro is for sure by the metro. Just take the red line, and stop at the station "Piazza Lotto". From there you'll take the shuttle-bus, that takes you right in front of the stadium (it's a normal, orange, bus, but it's written "sports centre) or something on in the front). From the Duomo it will take around 15-20 minutes by the metro to Piazza Lotto.
Or, you go there by foot, which always is nice. Just follow all the people from the metro, and you'll be at San Siro within 15-20 minutes.
You can also go there with the tram, going from the centralstation for example, or by bus (only to Piazza Lotto) number 90 or 91. Going for example from the Central Station. From there it will take around 40 minutes to go to Piazza Lotto, but don't forget the traffic... At some days it will be impossible to reach the stadium...
Also by car you can of course reach the stadium. It's situated in the south of the city, almost a bit outside the central parts. There are some parkingplaces around the stadium, but it cost quite much to stay there, and on big matchdays you also risk to be without a place.
Not to mention the traffic afterwards, when around 60-85 000 people are going home from the game, a lot of them by car...
So my advice is to take the metro.
On other nights than matchdays the San Siro-area (at least some parts of it) is quite rough, and you might see both female, male and shemale prostitutes there.