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On the way to Milano
Favorite thing: When I got my ticket I just walked down and get on the Malpensa Express Train.. Malpensa Express trains are quiet comfortable and nice looking. These double deckers have first floor where you can store your baggage and upstairs more comfortable seats..
I do not like taking pictures of girls :).. But occasionally this girl has appeared to be on my camera.. Really something out of control...
Favorite thing: Milan has two airports Malpensa is the main one and linetta as the sub..
Malpensa airport is just an hours drive from Milan, where Lineta is almost near to the center. Most international flights are landing to Malpensa airport.
Before going to Milan I have checked what is the best way to reach milan center. There are many tips about it, but still confused which is the best way.
When you are out from the baggage claim what you will see is on the picture..:)
Favorite thing: Piazza Fontana is round the corner from the Duomo, almost in its shadow. A bank here was the site of a bombing in December 1969, when 16 people were killed.
Many theories have been expounded on who was to blame; some believed extreme leftwing anarchists or terrorists; others suspected rightwing extremists who wanted to strengthen their political might by provoking an anti-leftwing backlash.
Later suggestions included the Russians and Americans, but in Italy these things are often obfuscated to the point that nobody can ever know "the Truth". In very recent years a patient Milanese judge does seem to have unravelled what led up to the bombings (see link below).
One consequence of the bombing was the arrest of Giuseppe Pinelli, an anarchist (soon proven to be innocent) who was "suicided" ("fell") from the fourth floor of the police station in a murky episode which formed the basis of Dario Fo's play "Accidental Death of an Anarchist".
I've studied the play, seen it twice and it's one of my favourite pieces of Italian theatre, which is why I'm creating a tip of the place which inspired it.
Also, whilst this episode is little known outside Italy (perhaps even amongst younger Italians), it was a crucial turning-point in Italian history.
For a more detailed and thought-provoking account of the bombing and its subsequent events, see www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1373/is_3_50/ai_60081463
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CINEMAS Screening English Language Movies
Favorite thing: Catching an English language and/or Italian movie!
When I first arrived on Italian soil...er... in Milan, to be exact - I was really scared about speaking Italian. 'Tis easier for me to read the Italian newspapers (altho' I tend to take one whole day to finish reading the news for the day!). Sigh huh?
Well, fast forward... and many months later, I am more confident speaking Italian when I'm out with my Italian friends. As the Italians would proudly proclaim - con il mio ragazzo, con amici e con mama/ papa!
In Milan, there are 3 cinemas that regularly screen movies in their original language. Actually, many cinemas and multisalas are beginning to offer films in their original language. Ah, there is hope for English-speaking travelers and foreigners!
ARCOBALENO FILM CENTER
V.le Tunisia 11
Note: Cinema Arcobaleno from 2 July until 6 August will only have showings at 19:40 and 22:00
Sorry, I don't know the address of this place because I haven't been here yet. ;-(
** The above cinemas are managed by the Milan - Sound & Motion Pictures **
Fondest memory: My favorite Italian movies for 2003 were:
- "La Finestra Di Fronte". Raoul Bova is... what you would term - ridiculously handsome, as always. Yes, he's the Italian Renaissance dude who starred with Diane Lane in 'Under the Tuscan Sun'. Don't watch this movie with il mio ragazzo. He will definitely not understand what you see in Raoul Bova. Men! ;-) Oh... and about the movie - it speaks about a forbidden romance dating back to 1943 Rome (I won't tell you who are the lovers... but boy, will you be shocked! Big hint). The main storyline features the heroine, Giovanna and her fantasies about the man living across her apartment building. The thing is - Giovanna is married to a loving husband and has 2 beautiful kids. Her neighbor living across the street (whom she would secretly peek at through her window) is played by non other than the gorgeous Raoul Bova. Bellissimo! Italy's famous singing sensation - the one and only GIORGIA sang the hit song "Gocce di Memoria" in the movie. This was the song I played to death on my hi-fi set in 2003!
- "Io Non Ho Paura". In English, this movie is entitled "I'm Not Scared". And I'm not scared to tell you that this was Italy's entry for the 2003 Oscar Award under the "Best Foreign Film" category. ;-)
It's a story about a grop of innocent kids somewhere in Southern Italy. One of the kids (a boy) happened to chance upon a great secret one day in a remote broken down house... and this secret may even lead him to being killed. A movie with a shocking twist at the end. One big clue: The boy didn't die! I know some of my amici (friends) were so distraught thinking that the good boy died. Go watch this movie or rent the DVD if you have a chance! Worth watching. Bring me the Kleenex tissues please!
There were other Italian movies I managed to catch (namely Director's Paolo Virzi's movies - "Caterina va in citta" and "Baci e Abbracci") - but the aforementioned 2 never left my memory!
Looking For A Job In Milan?
Favorite thing: Well, the economy is not doing too hot at the moment so good jobs are hard to come by. Really. If you intend to move here, you must ensure that you possess a rare professional skill that is hard to find in Milan or anywhere else in Italy.
An easier way is to get an overseas posting from the Multi-National Company or Financial Institution you're currently with. Or you can come to Milan on a foreign exchange students program!
The second hurdle about living in Milan is learning the Italian language. Everyone speaks Italian here... and everything is in Italian. ;-) Yes, my company hired a private tutor from the Italian Cultural Institute to teach us the language before we even dare think of stepping foot in Milan!
If you're seriously interested to look for a job in Milan, you can try contacting the PWA Professional Women's Association. They have a job bank and will help you IF you join as a member.
Or you can put up an ad in EasyMilano at:
Or The British Chamber of Commerce (they have a placement service):
Or The American Chamber of Commerce (they can help you with your job search): Website: http://www.amcham.it/
Good luck to you in your job search! If you're lucky, you might just be hired to work in one of Italy's largest firms.
Good Places To Live In (for the foreigner/ Expat)
Favorite thing: Milan is the financial hub in the whole of Italy. So, you'll definitely find lots of expats and foreigners working here.
I'll include a shortlist of places recommended by Milanese housing agents to foreigners settling down in Milan (see below):
If your company lavishes you with a huge expense account, you may wish to consider living in this district. Rentals here are exhorbitant! But then again, if you do have plenty of cash to play around with, then I must encourage you to stay here. Who wouldn't want to live right smack in the center of town?
A district that is quite near to the city center and not too bad a living alternative to the expensive Brera/ Solferino.
This district boasts of charming old canals and kewl cobbled-stone streets. I love it here. ;-) There is a lively café and pub culture, especially in the summer. The 'ringhiera' (buildings) are characterized by their long balconies connecting each apartment. Almost everyone living here seems very friendly. On weekends when the Sunday market 'comes to town', you may wish to hop onto your car and head somewhere else. It can get very noisy here with throngs and throngs of crowds, tourists et al.
Very central and equally charming. Besides, it's also close to the Parco Sempione - a haven for dog and sports/fitness lovers.
If you're a first time expat living in this city, BENVENUTO!
A shot in the rose
Favorite thing: When you're walking around in beautiful Milan, and you feel like having an icecream. Try the rose flavoured icecream. It is absolutely delicous. At first you hesitate, eating something that tastes like a flower? But I suggest you try it, you just might like it!
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Favorite thing: Walking all over Milan, you'll notice very big and coulored ad's posters.
Milan is the Italian fashion city, it's the heart of so many actvities and it has a glossy image.
Moreover, here all is bigger than in other italian cities also ads....
It's so different respect small towns in Milan hinterland!!!!!!!
Modern Art at Piazza Meda
Favorite thing: Not all of the art work in Milan is ancient. This giant rotating disc was sculpted by Amaldo Pomodoro in 1980. It actually rotates. It is within walking distance of the Duomo but is direct contract to historic scenes around the Duomo. It is located in Piazza Meda.
GIVE IT A MISS
Favorite thing: Difficult to think of a favourite thing as it's an incredibly dull place, unless you like shops. There's better places to visit in Italy.
Fondest memory: The only thing to brighten up your trip would be to make sure you're there when there's a football match at the San Siro stadium.
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Gelato - ice cream - glace! Not to be missed!
Favorite thing: ICE CREAM! Believe it or not I am not a major ice cream fan - can always resist it in favour of some Cadbury's chocolate but in Milan I did discover some very tasty ice cream shops. Two places I would reccommend would be a little Kiosk round the corner from central station - its at the end of the concourse where you get the bus to the airport. The guy is only open during the summer and is a Sicilian - the prices are very reasonable and the flavours are beautiful - his speciality is "nocciola" which is nut flavour with whole haszelnuts in it - v tasty,,,,
But my favourite ice cream place of all is on Corso Ticinese and is called Gelato Artigianale - they have a lovely flavour called Nocciolato (combine nut and chocolate) which allows you another flavour for the creamy Yoghurt....am I making you dribble yet?!
feline01's General Tip
Fondest memory: 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.
If you're in Milan during...
Favorite thing: If you're in Milan during September, take a trip to Monza and watch the Formula 1 race. That is, of course, if you like this sort of event.
Fondest memory: I will never forget jumping on to the Monza circuit after the race and running towards the podium to see the winners up close. Flags waved, everyone was trying to get on national tv and I managed to take a picture on pole position.
This was a very strange...
Favorite thing: This was a very strange experience. I was visiting the Cathedral, and this huge crowd of people started gathering and this guy came out of the bank there. He started making a speak, and I have NO idea what he was saying, but I thought I should get a picture=)
Andare in Valtellina a vedere...
Favorite thing: Andare in Valtellina a vedere le cascatelle tra i monti.... come questa!!!!
Non è un piccolo miracolo della natura????
L'altro miracolo a due gambe è Ari ;-)
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