Bocconi Life

Monday // Chill day

Dear WordPress,

I get very little sleep here in Milan.

I have tons to do and am starting to realize that my health is being put second in line. I am water deprived, sleep deprived, exposed to way too many UV rays, have split ends on every strand, and have been eating cheese and prosciutto almost every day.

On another note, I have been walking like no other, eating less junk like no other, and continue enjoying meeting new people like no other.

Today was another humid Italian summer day. Italian class for four hours, Permit of Residence session for another hour and a half, grocery store for a membership card and a bulk purchase of six liter water bottles, and then skype/blog/vlog session while finishing laundry.

Continue reading

Standard
Excursions

Genova // 17 hour day trip

Dear WordPress,

After ending my 7th day in Italy, I can proudly say today was the best. A good balance of people from the West Coast, East Coast, Canada, and England created a perfect vibe for laughter and travel. Genova is a port town 2 hours away from Milano Centrale (Central Milan Train Station). We booked on trenitalia.com for a pair of 9am departure and 9pm return tickets. The total was 33.75 euros so it was a decent price (I suppose).

Continue reading

Standard
Bocconi Life, The Feels

Struggles // Worries

Dear WordPress,

Another day at Bocconi to learn Italian! I’ve met many people but those many people don’t really click. BUT.. I just have to be positive right? It sort of feels like freshman year of college all over again. The parties, the nervous feelings, and introducing myself to everybody.

—- its been a while since I’ve written those last few sentences.

I watched a recently uploaded youtube video from a fashion blogger, Mimi Ikonn, on dealing with negativity. See, I noticed that I was getting worried because I heard some classmates criticizing or gossiping about another student I met yesterday. I felt bad for the person and without realizing, I was afraid of being judged! I literally felt like a high school-er all over again.

Continue reading

Standard
Bocconi Life, The Feels

Moved in // Culture Shock

Dear WordPress,

We made it! Amanda and I are officially moved into Arcobaleno, the international house of Bocconi University.

The struggle was so real today.

I woke up earlier to skype my boyfriend but I was skype-ditched so I woke up Amanda to make it to the breakfast buffet on the zero-th floor. We had italian eggs, croissants, WATERMELONS again, and everything nice.

I didn’t enjoy that nice cup of cappuccino today though.

New fun fact about Italy (or Europe):

  • They have the option of still water or carbonated water EVERYWHERE!
  • There is no such thing as “tap water” at restaurants, so they charge you every time.
  • There is no need to tip unless they did an EXCELLENT job.

Continue reading

Standard
Excursions, Italy

Bergamo // town next door

Dear WordPress,

I can no longer be considered an early bird in Italy. I woke up to Amanda’s voice around 9:45am this morning in order to make it to the free hotel breakfast buffet. I’m glad we did because they served WATERMELONS! Juicy pink summer watermelons. In addition, they had all kinds of delicacies from cakes to eggs to croissants to etc.

I enjoyed myself to a morning cappuccino as well. I think there’s something about cappuccinos and me while abroad because that’s all I drank during my trip abroad in Mexico my junior year of high school. This particular cappuccino was the oh-so-famous Illy! Illy coffee is the Four Barrel and Blue Bottle Coffee of Italy! ( From a San Franciscan’s perspective) When did I become such a coffee fanatic?

Afterwards, we planned our trip to Bergamo, a small quiet town about an hour away from Milano Centrale.

Continue reading

Standard
Excursions, Italy

Church sighting, Walking, and Cheese

Dear WordPress,

I’m not sure if it was the jetlag or not, but rolling out of bed was a struggle this morning. Usually, I am up first and ready to start the day and I haven’t had this laziness hit me since my intern days.  (which wasn’t TOO long ago but still).

Once I finally got out, ate breakfast, and slabbed make up on my face, I checked out and headed towards Amanda’s hotel next door.

We left the hotel together after finding out that we could leave our luggage there for the afternoon and headed towards another stop on the ever-so-evil metro.

Continue reading

Standard
Excursions, Italy

Arrived / Rome / Tourism

Dear WordPress,

The amount of awe I am in after taking a whole day walking around this beautiful city is indescribable.
After getting lost numerous times, feeling cheated a million times, and walking thousands of miles, I can say we’ve conquered the main tourist attractions of Rome.

I know for sure that I love Rome’s architecture and homes, but I can’t say that I love the people. I’m pretty sure they have something against tourists or Asians because every person I smiled at did not smile back like the San Franciscans would. They were also not as friendly. I guess tourism is such a big thing in Europe that we’re practically ignored. Oh well.

IMG_9026 IMG_9251

IMG_9008 IMG_9020 IMG_9040 IMG_9071
Continue reading

Standard