Italian Vocab for Haircuts

Anyone who has hair needs a haircut every now and again. Recently, I decided it was finally time I suck it up and just go do it. My hair needed it. ūüėź

However, I was little nervous to get a haircut in a foreign country. Even though I know the language well enough, I felt a lot could go wrong. This is my hair we’re talking about.

Luckily, I was able to hush my anxieties and all went well. Throughout the whole experience, I was curious about what the differences are between haircuts here versus the States. Unfortunately, I am the least qualified to write a comparison because I’ve never been to a professional salon in the US. ūüė≥

Instead, I thought it would be helpful to provide some helpful vocab for any of my readers that are new to Italian and find themselves in need of a haircut.

The Basics:

English Italian Used in a sentence
hair salon salone da parrucchiere Dov’√© il salone?
barber barbiere Mi puoi consigliare un barbiere?
blowdry piega Oggi non voglio una piega; solo un taglio.
clippers tagliacapelli or rasoio elettrico Potrebbe usare il rasoio elletrico?
haircut il taglio di capelli Quanto costa il taglio?
hairdo pettinatura Vorrei cambiare la propria pettinatura.
hair part la riga Dove ti fai la riga?
layers scalati Fare un taglio scalato.
long (hair length) lungo Ti piace lo stile lungo?
short(hair length) corto Vorrei uno stile corto.
split ends le doppie punte Potrebbe tagliere le doppie punte?
(to) straighten lisciare Potrebbe lisciare i miei capelli?
thin out Sfoltire Vorrei sfoltire i capelli.
a trim una spuntatina Vorrei solo una spuntatina, grazie.

 Extra words to know:

English Italian
bangs la frangia
bleach decolorare/schiarire
curls riccioli
dandruff forfora
dry hair i capelli secchi
frizzy hair i capelli crespi
hairspray lacca
hair dye tintura
highlights colpi di sole
oily hair i capelli grassi
perm permanente
shears i forbici
streak mèche
tease cotonare

Tips:

  • Men, you need to go to the barbiere, but some salons do take men.
  • Many hair salons and barbers are closed on Mondays.
  • If you enjoyed your haircut, let your stylist know!
    • You can say, “Mi sta bene!” or “Mi piace moltissimo!”
  • Check out this blog post as well: link

Specifically for the men:

English Italian
back of neck collo
beard la barba
mustache i baffi
shaving creme schiuma da barba
sideburns basette

*If you’re an international student going to Bocconi and live in the dorm Arcobaleno, go to “Just Tony – One & One” on Via Nicola Romeo! You get a 10% discount for being a Bocconi student.

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Dublin Pub Crawl

Being an American, I hang on to every little trace of my heritage because it is all have to connect to any culture or tradition. The US is incredibly unique compared to other countries as it was founded by immigrants and continues to be a home to immigrants. Of course, it has slowly developed some of its own culture and traditions over time, but these are nothing compared to the rest of the world. Moreover, most of my friends celebrate their ancestral traditions alongside the American ones. Hence, it is important to me and others to identify with more than just red, white, and blue.

For me, I honor the flags of Ireland and Italy. However, I write about Italy all the time so this post is dedicated to Ireland alone. Lucky for me and my friend, Brad, who also honors the Irish flag, we took a pilgrimage to the motherland.

Arriving in Dublin in the late afternoon, we settled in and enjoyed a hearty meal (at The Lotts Cafe), we decided a pub crawl would be the best way to get ourselves acquainted with the lay of the town. Brad had took care of the research of what bars were must sees and I followed the way.

First stop: Bowes Bar. Brad said this bar was known for having the best tasting Guinness in Dublin. I don’t know where he sourced this rating, but the Guinness was very good (and my first one!). This bar was very old-timey and quaint. We sat at the bar and chatted up the bartender who is such a clever guy!

 

Second stop: Palace Bar. Twas another very old-fashioned, gorgeous pub full of history. However, it was much more crowded than Bowes Bar and we had to fight to find any place to stand with our beers.

 

Third Stop: Temple Bar. Just kidding. We only stopped here to quickly use the restroom. We actually wanted to avoid temple bar as it is known for being a tourist hangout.

Real Third Stop: Neary’s. The demographics here did not quite match us well. We definitely got a lot of looks from other patrons for being on the younger side of the spectrum. However, it had a cozy decor and good drinks. I was able to get one of my favorites: Pimm’s Cup!

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Fourth Stop: The Porterhouse Temple Bar. For this bar, Brad was not the leader. We met up with a mutual friend that was studying in Dublin for the semester. He took us here as all of his friends were there and they frequent this three story gem. It had incredible live music, which we were hoping for being in such a musical city.

Fifth and Final Stop: Flannery’s. This bar contrasted with all the rest as it was full of people dancing and very dark atmosphere, but it was similar in the sense that it was a great time!

Our next day was filled with tours and dining. We started the day at Klaw, an extremely delicious seafood joint. After, we headed to the Jameson Distillery for tour #1 and then, to the Guinness Storehouse for tour #2. (I only recommend these tours if you’re really into whiskey or beer.) To top off the afternoon, we went to Dublin’s oldest pub, Brazen Head. Brad was especially keen about coming here because his brother and his wife came here when they visited Dublin. We had a great time here grabbing drinks and chatting up a local named John, who gave us such lovely advice for the rest of our time in Dublin.¬†Taking him up on one recommendation right away, we ate dinner at the Mercantile.

On the final day of our short trip we took a tour bus to the Cliff of Moher. What a gorgeous sight! I do suggest a visit if you are ever in Ireland. We also made some other scenic stops long the way as you can see below. Unfortunately, we could only spare three days here as I have finals to get back to in Milan! Until next time, Ireland! I hope to visit Killarney where my grandmother hails from.


Essendo un’americana, mi aggrappo a ogni traccia piccola della mia eredit√† perch√© non esistono i tradizioni e la cultura forti. Gli Stati Uniti sono incredibilmente unici rispetto agli altri paesi in quanto sono stati fondati dagli immigranti e continuano ad essere una dimora per gli immigrati. Naturalmente, ha sviluppato alcune delle sue culture e tradizioni, ma queste non sono nulla rispetto al resto del mondo. Inoltre, la maggior parte dei miei amici celebra le loro tradizioni ancestrali accanto a quelle americane. Quindi, per me e gli altri¬†√® importante identificarsi con qualcosa di pi√Ļ del semplice rosso, bianco, blu.¬†

Per me, onoro le bandiere dell’Irlanda e dell’Italia. Tuttavia, scrivo sempre sull’Italia, quindi questo post √® dedicato esclusivamente all’Irlanda. Fortunatamente per me e il mio amico, Brad, che onora anche la bandiera irlandese, abbiamo fatto un pellegrinaggio in patria.

Arrivati ‚Äč‚Äča Dublino nella sera, ci siamo cenati un pasto abbondante, abbiamo deciso che un pub crawl sarebbe stato il modo migliore per familiarizzarci con la citt√†. Brad si era occupato della ricerca di ci√≤ che i bar dovevano vedere e l’ho seguito.

Prima Tappa: Bowes Bar. Brad ha detto che questo bar era noto per avere la migliore degustazione di Guinness a Dublino. Non so dove abbia ottenuto questa valutazione, ma la Guinness è stata molto buona (e la mia prima!). Questo bar era molto vecchio e caratteristico. Ci siamo seduti al bar e chiacchierato il barista che è un ragazzo così intelligente!

Seconda Tappa: Palace Bar. Era un altro pub molto vecchio in stile, pieno di storia. Tuttavia, era molto pi√Ļ affollato di Bowes Bar e abbiamo dovuto lottare per trovare qualsiasi posto dove stare con le nostre birre.

Terza Tappa: Temple Bar. Sta solo scherzando. Ci siamo fermati qui solo per usare rapidamente il bagno. In realtà volevamo evitare il Temple Bar perché è noto per essere un ritrovo turistico.

Terza Tappa Vera: Neary’s. L’et√† media qui non si accordano abbastanza bene con noi. Abbiamo sicuramente avuto un sacco di sguardi da altri clienti per essere pi√Ļ giovani. Tuttavia, aveva un arredamento accogliente e ottimi drink.

Quarta Tappa: The Porterhouse Temple Bar. Per questo bar, Brad non era la guida. Ci siamo incontrati un amico che studiava a Dublino per il semestre. Ci ha portato qui perch√© tutti i suoi amici erano l√¨ e frequentano questa gemma a tre piani. Aveva un’incredibile musica dal vivo, che speravamo di essere in una citt√† cos√¨ musicale.

Quinta e ultima Tappa: Flannery’s. Questo bar era in contrasto con tutto il resto perch√© era pieno di gente che ballava e l’atmosfera era molto buia, ma era simile nel senso che era un grande momento!

Il nostro prossimo giorno fu riempito con giri e cenando. Abbiamo iniziato la giornata a Klaw, un ottimo ristorante di pesce. Successivamente, ci siamo diretti alla Jameson Distillery per il tour n. 1 e poi alla Guinness Storehouse per il tour n. 2. Per completare il pomeriggio, siamo andati al pub pi√Ļ antico di Dublino, Brazen Head. Brad era particolarmente entusiasta di venire qui perch√© suo fratello e sua moglie sono venuti qui quando hanno visitato Dublino. Siamo stati benissimo qui ad afferrare bevande e chiacchierare con un locale di nome John. Ci ha dato ottimi consigli per il resto del nostro tempo a Dublino. Prendendolo subito su una raccomandazione, abbiamo cenato al Mercantile.

L’ultimo giorno del nostro breve viaggio abbiamo preso un autobus turistico per la Cliff of Moher. Che spettacolo magnifico! Ti suggerisco una visita se ti trovi in ‚Äč‚ÄčIrlanda.

Beep Boppin’ Around Bologna

Bologna by far has been one of the places I’ve been looking forward to visiting the most. At my home university, the Italian department talks up¬†Bologna the most for study abroad choices. Not only that, I have quite a few friends who did a semester¬†there and they always rave about Bologna and all the amazing things they did, the people they met, etc. Naturally, I wanted to see it for myself.

However, as the semester gets closer to ending, I just didn’t have the time I wanted to give to Bologna. Thus, I had to make it a day trip. With my friend Lesly, we took a three hour bus¬†there. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a big, bustling market. We meandered through the tents vending various items from clothes to incense to CDs.

For lunch, we decided on Osteria Broccaindosso,¬†recommended to me by¬†a friend who got his undergraduate degree from Bologna. The food was down right¬†delectable. Being in Bologna, I ordered tortellini in brodo and Lesly, tagliatelle al ragu–your typical Bolognese dishes.

After lunch, we did a lot of sight-seeing. We went to Santo Stefano, which was an incredibly unique church. It is also known as Sette Chiese because it is divided into seven churches, each with their own architectural style. I was absolutely fascinated by it. My favorite church out of the seven would probably be the Church of the Holy Sepulchre because of its circular layout and there was quite a bit of energy to be felt in it. Pictured below and to the right is the alter in that church.

 

Post church wandering,¬†we continued sight seeing.¬†We passed the Two Towers and¬†made our way¬†to Piazza Maggiore. We saw the great¬†Neptune statue. We ventured inside¬†San Petronio Basilica. It is also a pretty unique church as it has 22 chapels and definitely in the top 10 of Europe’s largest churches. Also, it is still unfinished. After the basilica, we checked out¬†an old library. We did not see a whole lot in there besides the architecture and artwork because everything else required you to buy a ticket.

We peaked inside the Eataly. It was quite¬†small in comparison to others, especially the one I’m used to in Chicago. It was in a very narrow building (what buildings in Europe aren’t?) and was 3 stories of Eataly fun. It was also half mixed with a bookstore.

Before our bus home, we stopped at Osteria del Sole for a glass of wine to pass the time. This place was also recommended by my friend. He said it was a historical place¬†for some good pre-dinner wine. It was a very “homey” atmosphere and really cool to think of the many people who sat there before you; it has been in business since the 15th century. Unlike most osterie, it only serves wine. However, it’s unique because you can bring in your own food.

Eventually, it came time for our bus home. To our delighted surprise, we ran into our friend Nate. As big as Europe is, it always amazes me how often I run into people I know here. He was on his way back to Milan, too, but then catching a bus up to Munich! The life of a true traveler.

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Ho avuto¬†la voglia di andare a Bologna per sempre. Ci sono tanti studenti alla mia universit√† (negli Stati Uniti) in cui vanno a Bologna per un scambio. Quando ritornano, parlano sempre quello che¬†√® il miglior posto di fare un scambio. Ho sentita tante volte “che divertente la citt√†” e “devi studiare l√¨!”¬†Quindi √®¬†stato il mio¬†desiderio a visitare Bologna e vedere questa bella citt√†.

Purtroppo sono nella scuola di business e √® stato pi√Ļ economico per me per studiare nello scambio a Milano. Inoltre posso seguire i corsi di commercio¬†l√¨. Se ho scelto Bologna, avrei dovuto rimanere un altro semestre all’universit√†. (No, grazie.)

Divago. Dunque sono andata a Bologna con un’amica. Abbiamo preso un bus. Quando siamo arrivate, abbiamo fatto una passeggiata attraverso un mercato. Ci sono stati tante persone stavano vendendo cose diverse come le borse, le vestite, l’incenso, i gioielli, le scarpe, i CD, ecc.

Dopo¬†abbiamo pranzato all’Osteria Broccaindosso. Abbiamo scelto l√¨ perch√© un amico me lo ha consigliato. Ovviamente abbiamo ordinato i piatti bolognesi — io, tortellini in brodo e lei,¬†tagliatelle al rag√Ļ.

Dopo pranzo, siamo andate al Santo Stefano. Direi che questa basilica √® la mia preferita fino ad ora.¬†√ą semplicemente unico con le sette chiese. Mi sembra quasi un labirinto. Quando si entra nella prima, si sembra completamente un periodo diverso. ¬†Dovete vederlo per i vostri stessi!

Per√≤, quando penso a Bologna, penso a un proprio viaggio nel tempo. C’√® la storia con ogni passo.¬†√ą incredibile e mi toglie il respiro. Quindi quando sono entrata la Basilica di San Petronio o Osteria del Sole o Piazza Maggiore,¬†√® stata sempre la stessa esperienza — una di meraviglia e ammirazione.

Ovviamente,¬†√® stato difficile di lasciare Bologna dopo solo otto ore.E perci√≤¬†devo ritornare a Bologna un giorno con pi√Ļ tempo. ūüėČ

Gnocchi with Pumpkin

My blog’s purpose is mainly to update my mother and (anyone else back home) on my abroad experiences and give advice based off what I learned from my travels. In addition to that, its other purpose is to practice my written Italian as I attempt to write these posts in both English and Italian.

However, today I wanted to spice things up a bit. This post is about a new recipe I created based off my craving for pumpkin. In the States, most people eat pumpkin in the form of dessert. Elsewhere, you can find people eat it in meals like you do with other gourds.

I personally have been obsessed with pumpkins since I was a little kid. I’ve seen the value¬†of a pumpkin to expand much farther than just a dessert. I eat it in every possible way I can from raviolis to smoothies. My mom supports this lifestyle of mine by always keeps us stocked with at least one or two cans of pumpkin puree. ‚̧

It’s difficult¬†to find pumpkin in grocery stores in the US in its true¬†form. Especially outside of autumn. However, here in Italy, I see it every time I go grocery shopping. And every time I see it, I want to buy it. Today,¬†I finally did.

This is my recipe (I just eyeballed all the measurements; I’ll leave it vague and up to your discretion if you make this recipe):

Ingredients

  • Pumpkin, already sliced into cubes (roughly 2-3 cm)
  • Mushrooms, sliced
  • Butter
  • Gnocchi
  • Sage
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat a pan to medium high and then add butter. Once the butter is fully melted, add pumpkin. Start to boil a pot of water for the gnocchi.
  2. Saute pumpkin until its at your desired level of cooked. I like mine to brown a little so I sauteed for quite a bit.
  3. Set aside cooked pumpkin and saute the mushrooms. Cook the gnocchi.
  4. Combine pumpkin, gnocchi and mushrooms in a bowl/serving dish.
  5. Melt butter and brown it… Add as much sage as you like before it browns. Then, pour over gnocchi, mushrooms and pumpkin.
  6. If you prefer, add some Parmesan to you gnocchi and enjoy while hot.

This is the only picture I took of what mine turned out like, if you’re curious.

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Normalmente, il mio motivo per questo blog¬†√® quello di scrivere la mia esperienza come un studente all’estero. Ma oggi vorrei provare qualcosa di nuovo. Ho scritto una ricetta per un piatto che ho creato con la zucca.

Purtroppo, ho stimato tutte le misure cos√¨ la mia ricetta √® un po’ vaga.

Eccola:

Ingredienti

  • Zucca tagliata a cubetti (2-3 cm)
  • Funghi champignon,¬†affettati
  • Salvia
  • Burro
  • Gnocchi
  • Parmigiano (se vuoi)

Procedimento

Cuocete gnocchi in abbondante acqua salata.

Soffriggete la zucca e i funghi in poco burro.

A parte, sciogliete il burro in padella (~70g)

Aggiungete alcune foglie di salvia al burro per un minuto.

Mettete il burro e salvia sugli gnocchi, zucca, e funghi.

Buon appetito!

Porto

Everyone travels for different reasons. In general, when I travel, my focus is on local culture and getting the most authentic experience possible. I would much rather have a great conversation with a local¬†and learn about what makes their country unique ¬†than to see every sight possible in the city. I find eating a meal specific to that location much more meaningful than taking pictures of every landmark I pass by. In fact, I find it redundant to take pictures of landmarks. It’s cool to take a picture with them but everyone knows what it looks like so you don’t really need to take a picture of something like the Eiffel Tower. It seems to me that there is more value in taking of pictures the things you can’t just “Google.”

With that said, I went to Porto to experience Portuguese culture. ¬†I went with my friend Lesly. Our first day we took a tour with a group called City Lovers and it was a phenomenal tour. And that’s saying something because I usually avoid doing tours to the best of my ability. But I loved this tour so much that we¬†did another one with the same group two days later. Our guide was super personable and easy to talk to. She was also incredibly passionate about Porto and gave us the best information about all the best places to go for authentic everything.

Not only that, they offer a pub crawl. We did that our first night and it was a blast. Like most Europeans, the Portuguese don’t go out until 12. Our group for the crawl was all Germans except for¬†us and our Portuguese guide, Pedro. That night I learned both German and Portuguese phrases and taught some Italian. If there’s something I’m nerdy about, it’s language. It’s almost like a drug. I would learn every language if I had the time.

Other things I recommend if you visit Porto is to have a picnic at the Garden of Virtues and
take a trip inside Livraria Lello & Irmao (old¬†bookstore¬†that is insanely beautiful). One thing I 20160406_182426 (2)learned here is that if you’re a Harry Potter fan you should definitely visit Porto. I learned that J.K. Rowling lived here for a few years when she was writing her books and it is said that the students of Porto inspired her for the uniforms for the students of Hogwarts. The students in Porto wear the same black robes. But before they can wear them they have to go through hazing. It was very interesting to see such activities as¬†you walk around the city (see right). To add to the excitement of Harry Potter fans reading this post, there’s a cafe called Cafe Majestic where Rowling would post up to write the first book of the series. It’s very elegant¬†inside so it’s worth a little looksie.

Another must do is walk along the River Douro and try Port wine! It’s distinct from other wines because its fermentation process is much shorter–only 3 days. Thus, making it much sweeter. My friends will tell you that I’m a wine connoisseur, but I really don’t know that much yet. Hopefully, one day I will be. ūüėČ

Lastly, I think it is important to visit the little bakeries and restaurants owned by the locals. Porto is actually heading down a dark path in an economic sense and many local businesses have been closing every year. So many of the beautiful buildings are abandoned but no one can afford to buy them because they are UNESCO World Heritage and the maintenance costs are just too high. On a lighter note, if you visit these local businesses, you can try local specialties like a francesinha or pastel de nata.

P.S. Ryanair sucks. It canceled our flight home less than 24 hours before we were trying to go back. Luckily, we got a refund. But it still caused¬†me to drop a lot more money to get home the next day. On the bright side, I got to see a little bit of Lisbon. ūüė° -> :/


Per la mia ultima settimana in pausa da lezione sono andata a Porto per 3 giorni. Il primo giorno ho fatto un giro con la mia amica Lesly. Abbiamo imparato molto di Porto e di Portogallo. Per esempio, ci sono tanti edifici abbandonati e molte aziende chiudere. Turismo crescente non aiuta perch√© provoca il costo della vita a crescere.¬†Allora ho sentito male per visitare Porto…

Ma ero gi√† l√¨ cos√¨¬†ho dovuto fare il meglio di un grande citt√†. Lesly ed io abbiamo deciso a fare un pub crawl sulla prima sera. Era molto divertente. C’era un gruppo grande–pi√Ļ o meno venti persone. Ogni persona era tedesca¬†tranne Lesly, io e la nostra guida. Siamo andati a tre pub e poi una discoteca. Abbiamo iniziato alle 00:00. Al primo pub, un tedesco mi ha detto frasi tedesche a dire ai suoi amici. Ho chiamato qualcuno una scimmia grassa.¬†Era interessante. Il prossimo pub era fuori. C’era un sacco di gente fumando erba. Siamo stati al terzo pub solo per una mezz’ora. Poi siamo andati al disco. Tutti¬†stavano fumando all’interno. Il giorno dopo¬†i miei vestiti avevano l’odore di tabacco. ūüė¶

Lesly ed io abbiamo dormito fino al 1 o alle 2. Poi abbiamo provato un francesinha. Abbiamo pensato che sarebbe bene per un hangover. Dopo abbiamo fatto una passeggiata in città, abbiamo fatto un pisolino in un parco sotto il sole, e abbiamo continuato a esplorare la città. Per cena abbiamo provato una zuppa portoghese. Si chiama caldo verde. Era buona.

La nostra ultima giornata, abbiamo fatto un altro giro con la stessa guida dalla prima volta. Ma questa volta, non abbiamo finito il giro¬†perch√© ho ricevuto un’email dicendo che il meme di vinonostro volo di ritorno √® stato¬†annullato. Che disastro.¬†Abbiamo subito tornati all’ostello di trovare un nuovo modo a¬†casa. Abbiamo trovato un volo da Lisbona a Milano ¬†per la prossima sera. Abbiamo prenotato il volo e siamo andate al Taylor’s per un drink. O tre… Avevamo bisogno di alcune bevande. Il volo era toppo costoso. Dopo¬†tre bicchieri di vino, abbiamo cenato e abbiamo avuto un altro bicchiere di vino. Ma¬†ancora non √® stato sufficiente… Quindi abbiamo trovato un locale con formaggio e vino. Siamo¬†continuato a¬†bere l√¨.

Il giorno prossimo abbiamo preso un treno a Lisbona e¬†ci siamo divertiti. ūüėé

Being a Tourist in Your own City

Just like in Chicago, I don’t do too many touristy things in Milano. But I think sometimes you need to. Cities offer so much and it’s silly not to take advantage of what’s right in front of you. Luckily, when my sister came to visit we did all kinds of touristy things. For example, I took my first picture with the Duomo with her.

In her¬†first day in Milano, she had already went to Piazza del Duomo with out me. I was bummed because I wanted to see her initial reaction to the Duomo. It’s something that takes my breath away every time I see it, day or night. Anyways, I met her behind Duomo where she had already begun shopping for the day. When we exhausted the stores in¬†that area, I took her to Luini’s. She fell in love immediately. If you’re reading this blog and considering coming to Milano someday, this is a hot spot¬†and a must try for a panzerotti. But note that it has huge lines around lunch time so go during an off time like 3 or 4 PM.

Post Luini’s, we went down Via Torino to shop more. I mean what more is there to do in the fashion capital? In case you ever want to shop here, here is a breakdown of the areas:

  • Via¬†Monte Napoleone: if you want to spend lots of $‚ā¨¬£, you’ll find high end stores like Versace, Prada, Fendi, etc
  • Corso Vittorio Emanuele: behind Duomo; you’ll find more reasonable stores like Zara, H&M, and Mango; there’s a Rinascente there (a department store full of designer products)

  • Via Dante: not a super popular place to go shopping but it has specialty stores like Sephora, Lush and Kiehl’s to name a few; lot’s of great places to stop for a bite to eat
  • Via Torino: one of my favorite streets for shopping; you’ll find similar stores to Corso Emanuele as well as others like a Nike Store. It truly has a little bit of everything–shoes, lingerie, sunglasses, clothes, jewelry, and candy (yes, that’s right). Definitely check out Outlet Dolcheria if you have a sweet tooth.
  • Ripa di Porta Ticinese: Every Saturday there is a vintage market called Fiera di Segnigalia

That’s about all I’m good for about knowing where to shop. The rest of this post will mostly be centered around food. With that said, our first dinner in Milano has been my best dinner here all semester long. We went to a hidden gem called Ratan√†. It is in the northern part of the city near Piazza Gae Aulenti. My sister and I decided that we would do a “degustazione” or a sampling. We started with a Russian salad, then¬†smoked salmon, then¬†an out-of-this-world onion risotto, then a¬†breast of a duck, and lastly our choice of dessert off the menu. Lauren chose to get the “Ceci e Fragole” because eating chickpeas as a dessert is not something we’ve ever heard of or tried. It was quite delightful actually.

Onto Lauren’s second day with me in Milano. We continued to shop of course.¬†One place I forgot to mention above in my list of places to shop was along Corso di Porta Ticinese. It’s not necessarily important to know about this place as a shopping area¬†but it has a lot of little boutiques and it eventually takes you to Via Torino. We stopped in some¬†of the boutiques and shoe stores where you could smell how real the leather was. This street also takes you past one of my favorite places at night in the city: Le Colonne di San Lorenzo. It is what it sounds like. It is¬†some columns with a little square outside San Lorenzo church. It’s a great place to do some outdoor drinking at night for all you young folk out there.

Besides shopping, I took Lauren to Castello Sforzesco where we took tourist pictures in front of it. Then, we went down Via Dante where she told me my eyebrows could use a lot of work and dragged¬†me into Sephora to buy make up to fix this.¬†Yay. When day turned to night, we went to a restaurant called Erba Brusca. The best way to describe this restaurant was to say it was a scene out of Portlandia. If you don’t watch Portlandia, well, you should start. (Watch this video if you’re curious.) To give you a better idea of this restaurant, it has a garden directly behind it, which you can look at as you eat and all their food comes from there. The menu options are all super fresh and healthy. At about 9, they have a folk band come in to¬†play some jams. The vibes run¬†high.

Day three begins at Luini’s. Lauren actually went there the day before as well. This marks three days in a row she has gone to Luini’s if that gives you an idea as to how good it is. On the third day I decided to actually join her and bought a chocolate and pistachio panzerotti. Afterwards, we scoured the city for a pair of sunglasses for her boyfriend. It was a lot harder that you would think to find the right pair. After all day of running around the city, we had dinner at a unique restaurant called Smooshi. It is a fusion between Danish and Italian food. We did another degustazione here because, well, we always do. It’s the best way to try a restaurant’s best dishes. We would say some smooshi pieces were better than others but overall very good.

The next day she left for the States. Back to my normal routine. In the meantime, I look forward to my next visitors, my parents. My sister already told them about Luini’s and that’s the first place my dad wants to go…


Come già sapete, la mia sorella mi stava vistando. Quindi cosa abbiamo fatto? Per la maggior parte abbiamo fatto lo shopping o abbiamo mangiato un sacco di cibo. Anche le ho dovuto mostrare tutte le grandi attrazioni di Milano.

Sul nostro primo giorno insieme siamo andate a Duomo, i negozi sul Corso Emanuele, e Luini’s. Per cena abbiamo mangiato a Ratan√† e il cibo era ottimo. Dopo cena abbiamo fatto una passeggiata verso Piazza Gae Aulenti. Sul nostro secondo giorno abbiamo fatto lo shopping vicino alle Colonne di San Lorenzo. Siamo andate in piedi da l√† al Castello Sforzesco di essere turisti e fare le foto. Per cena abbiamo scelto un ristorante interessante nel Sud di Milano. Si chiama Erba Brusca.

L’ultimo giorno abbiamo avuto insieme noi¬†continuato a fare shopping e mangiare. ūüėé Abbiamo pranzato in un bar sul Via Dante. Dopo abbiamo finito,¬†il cameriere ci ha portato due shots¬†gratuiti di limoncello. Tuttavia, mia sorella non beve mai. Quindi ho dovuto finire entrambi shots. ūüėģ Dopo dovevamo cercare¬†un paio di occhiali da sole per il suo ragazzo. Era un po’ divertente per me dopo i shots. Ma per la mia sorella era un po di stressante.¬†Cercavamo tutta la citt√† per un paio.¬†Finalmente, abbiamo trovato il¬†paio perfetto alle diciassette¬†nel pomeriggio.

Per la nostra ultima sera abbiamo cenato in un posto¬†interessante che combina cibo italiano e danese. Il cibo era buono. Per un dolce, siamo tornate all’airbnb e abbiamo mangiato Pan di Stelle. Un ottimo modo per concludere la sua visita. XD

Lauren & London

I can’t think of a better way to start off my three week break from classes than to meet up with my sister, Lauren, in London. I don’t technically have a three week spring break, but none of my classes at Bocconi have midterms so I am able¬†to spend my time freely. I still have my online classes to worry about but I can study for those from anywhere I like. ūüėé

My flight out was on St. Patty’s day and there was a group of guys dressed in green Screenshot_2016-03-17-20-18-35 (2)
leprechaun outfits headed towards Dublin. It helped brighten my day because my flight was already delayed to leave around 12:15. After hours upon hours, I was finally reunited with my sister. It felt like forever because my bus from Stansted airport took longer than my flight–a little over two hours. Anyone traveling to London through STN, I highly recommend spending the extra money to take the train straight from the airport to Victoria Coach Station. It’ll be worth it to save yourself some time. As they say, time is precious, but I’d say it is even more precious when you’re traveling.

I waited near Victoria Coach Station for my sister as a meeting point. When she said she was close I started to maneuver through the mass of people on the sidewalk to meet her sooner. It was like a scene out of a movie. We finally saw each other from afar and made our way through the people to finally hug. I was so happy to see her because she had brought me medicine¬†from home (as I was pretty sick that week). But also because I missed her…

Now on to the fun stuff. Our first night we bought and made gnocchi and pizza and drank hot tea while we planned out our next few days. On our second day, we walked and “tubed” around the big city to see as many sites as we could. We gazed at the Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, London Eye, and of course had to take pictures with the phone booths if we truly wanted to be true tourists. For dinner, we popped in a random restaurant in the Mayfair area. And as it always seems to happen, we went for dessert in a very Italian restaurant. I seem to always find places like this outside of Italy. Everyone was speaking Italian and it was fabulous. It always makes me feel at home in places such as this. My sister and I made friends with a guy there who recommended “posh” places to eat dinner.

Day three we continued our tourist site seeing. We went to the Globe Theatre, Covent Garden, and for lunch, the Cereal Killer Cafe. The concept of a Cereal Caf√© is amazing and needs to be implemented in more places. For dinner, we went to a place recommended by our friend from the previous evening. It was quite posh indeed. My $i$ter seems to eat at places like these all the time…me being in college not so much. In any case, it was a delightful experience.

On our fourth and final full day, I had to pass up the sightseeing for two reasons. One: I was too sick and felt the fastest way I’d recover was to take a day of rest. Two: it was Sunday and I still had a project for one of my classes to finish by midnight CST. Oops. Lauren went out and did Brunch at the Ritz and explored the city more.

For our last supper in London, we changed it up a bit and went to Chinatown. We tried a lo mein with duck. After, we felt that dessert was a must. We stumbled upon a cute gelato place with true Italians working so we decided this is where we’ll do business. The funny thing is that since I began studying abroad in Italy, I still haven’t bought gelato until now, in London. I guess for me, it’s not as exciting because I have had it so many times already in my life. However, to other students in my program, it is very exciting; some have bought gelato three times in one day. That’s a bit much if you ask me.

That concludes our trip in London, but we continue our fun in Milano. Read about that in my next blog post! As always you can check out more photos here or under the photos tab in the menu above!


17 Marzo inizia la prima giornata per me per la pausa di esami a Bocconi! Però non devo preoccupare Perché le mie classi non hanno gli esami durante questo periodo. Quindi ho lasciato Milano per Londra.

Perch√© Londra? Perch√© la mia sorella ci sar√†! Mi sta visitando per un po’ di tempo e voleva vedere Londra. Dopo un lungo¬†viaggio, abbiamo incontrato e abbracciato. Era tardi e siamo state stanche cos√¨ abbiamo comprato gnocchi, pesto e una pizza. Siamo andate all’airbnb e abbiamo cucinato la cena. Era una serata splendida per rilassarsi con la mia sorella.

Il giorno prossimo non c’era tempo per rilassarsi. Abbiamo dovuto vedere tanti posti a Londra. Abbiamo visto Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, e London Eye. Per la cena, abbiamo scelto un ristorante a caso. Dopo abbiamo voluto qualcosa dolce e abbiamo trovato un locale italiano per tiramis√Ļ. ‚̧

Il nostro terzo giorno abbiamo visto il¬†Globe Theatre e abbiamo fatto lo shopping al Covent Garden. Quando era il tempo per pranzo, abbiamo mangiato¬†in un posto si chiama Cereal Killer Cafe.¬†√ą un posto molto interessante. Vende solo i cereali ma ha i cereali dal tutto il mondo. Ho provato un tipo di Australia. Era delizioso. Anche la nostra cena era eccellente. Per√≤ il ristorante per cena era¬†pi√Ļ elegante per il pranzo. Come potete vedere sotto:

Il nostro ultimo giorno a Londra ho dovuto rimanere a letto¬†perch√© ero troppa malata. Purtroppo avevo un mal di gola e la febbre. Era terribile. In qualunque modo, la mia sorella¬†ha esplorato la citt√† per l’ultima volta.¬†Ci siamo unite per cena a Chinatown. Dopo abbiamo mangiato il gelato e abbiamo finito la bella serata. L’ultima serata a Londra…

Il prossimo giorno abbiamo preso un volo a Milano. A casa. ‚̧ Seguiteci nel mio prossimo post sul blog!