I have been dreaming of visiting Italy for a while. Although, the decision to turn that dream into a reality was a hard toss up between my second home - Greece. Man, it was worth it though.
So, geographically I chose to travel to somewhere as close to Greece as possible. You know the drill, I hopped onboard Cathay Pacific flight headed to Milan with a 5-hour layover in Hong Kong. Two glasses of wine later (with my new found friend from Wales) and being put in the middle of two men on my second flight; I had reached Italy. A dreamland only existing in my imagination a day ago before. I didn't get the window sit on the plane (an old man did and thankfully only had to go to the toilet once in the 12 hour flight). However, when breakfast was served he dropped his spoon on the floor. Anyone whose ever flown economy (probably all of you reading this) would know that once you drop something - you're not getting it back...ever. The poor man looked defeated! I mean, this is the last thing you would want happening after you'd endured 12 hours of flying. I kindly gave him my spoon (unused of course, otherwise- gross!) and he thanked me. The best part was when he opened the window cover, reclined his seat backwards so that I could look out the window at the most spectacular view of the Swiss Alps. I was so stoked that I had given him my desert spoon otherwise maybe he would have left the window shut, blocking me from that view! Hahaha.
And thus! I arrived. Stepping into pure beauty and richness of a new foreign land. I was so excited to explore as I thought I only had 24 hours of Milan time. First on the list for many tourists was Duomo. Where there was more pigeons than people. Tip: Don't even let guys put bird seed in your hands and proceed to take photos as it is a major scam which they will then demand all of your money. Not fun. Although, I did get some fantastic pictures out of it- only costing 20 euro cents (what a bargain!).
I kept walking for what felt like ages until stumbling across a small restaurant down a backstreet (where all great places are found) and took residency in a table for one upstairs. It was lovely to bask in my own company haha.
I then checked into Madama Hostel and Bistrot and was pleasantly surprised at not only receiving a free welcome drink, but free buffet breakfast and dinner as well. The best $30 your money could buy - for real.
Side note: I've now attempted to write this blog post three times and it keeps deleting all my content I've been writing. So dot points it is.