We were only gone a little while but I was still exhausted for days after we got back and was definitely jet lagged (even though it was hard for me to admit). My whole body ached from walking around so much and I would basically pass out at 9pm on the dot no matter where I was. Being wrecked after trips seems to just be what happens for us. I used to think it was only after short trips where we pack so much into so little time but then I thought about it and realized I definitely fainted on the sidewalk after coming back from South Africa (no joke).
Is it worth it? Definitely.
Milan was beautiful – we had an amazing time and saw a lot of incredible things and ate some amazing food. We hung out with friends and shopped (more on that later) and explored as many parts of the city as we could. That being said, I wasn’t expecting Milan to be so different from Rome and everything further south. I had, of course, heard that it was a totally different experience but I figured Italy was Italy and didn’t really believe it. There’s a feeling you get in Rome, it’s excitement and warmth and a freedom you find from being in such a beautifully chaotic environment that just wasn’t there. At times, Milan could have been any other European city – orderly and definitely livable.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved it. We stayed at the incredible Park Hyatt Milan, adjacent to the The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and around the corner from the Duomo, which, definitely added to the overall experience. The food was amazing and we found so many modern takes on traditional Italian – a couple that stood out were Taglio and Bistro Nobile. Also, I think we need to bring aperitivo to America because it’s basically happy hour with a giant bar of delicious snacks included in the price of your already reasonably priced drink. We had an amazing time at Bar Magenta (recommended by the staff at the National Museum of Science and Technology) – not fancy but hip and packed with young people having fun. Did I mention there were free snacks?