Abstract: Read here to learn more about daily life in Italy. In this field note, I will tell you about my friend Andrea’s daily routine, school, and friends. I met Andrea at my Italian University and since then have become good friends with her. I decided to interview her because I figured she would be able to give you a good sense of what it is like to be an Italian resident. I will also share with you the things she sees in her neighborhood and around the city. Hopefully you will be able to point out the differences and similarities between Italy and the United States.
Introduction: “Every morning, I wake up to the sun shining through my window. I jump up, get dressed and then head out the door to the bus stop. After walking to the bus stop and boarding my bus, I get off and go to class. After class, I head to the library to do my homework. After I finish all of my homework, I usually have the whole day to do anything I want! I then think, “What should I do today?” I am in Milan so this question is very easy to answer. In Milan, I have a ton of options! I can go to the pizzeria and get a huge slice of cheesy pizza or I can go to the mall to try on different types of clothes and shoes. I can also go to the museum and check out some cool art.” This is what Andrea does in Milan. What would you choose if you lived here? Read here to learn more about what there is to do in Milan and what Andrea sees on a daily basis.
What is your full name?
Where do you live? What is your house like?
The street I live on is called Via Spudini. I live in an apartment in an urban city. I live with my mother, father, brother and sister. My family calls me “La Bambina” or, “The Baby” because I am the youngest sibling.
What is your family like?
My family is so kind. I live with my mother, father, brother and sister. My brother is 25 years old. My sister is 22 years old. We all get along well. My favorite thing to do with my siblings is to go to the movies or go dancing at the discotheque. Every Sunday I go to church with them, eat dinner with them every night. As a family we visit friends and family members’ houses as well.
How do you get around?
I rely on public transportation to get around Milan. Although Milan is a city filled with people, the city is not very large. I can easy travel from one end of the city to the other in less than an hour. I take the trams, buses, and underground subways.
What types of clothing do you like to wear?
It is around 56 degrees Fahrenheit in Milan during the months of April with different weather conditions every week. For example, this week it will be sunny and rainy all in the same week! Therefore, I wear big waterproof coats with a lot of layers of sweaters underneath. I also wear heavy boots to keep my feet warm.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to go shopping! Milan is one of the biggest fashion capitals of the world. You can find tons of clothing stores all around the city. My favorite place to shop is Via Torino. Via Torino is a street of shops that runs up until the Duomo. Near the Duomo is another place where many people shop called La Rinascente. La Rinascente is a huge mall with eight floors with tons of things to buy including perfume, makeup, accessories, and clothes for women, men and children. You can even shop for furniture there. It is much more expensive though. I cannot afford the things there because I am only a student but I hope to one day. I also like to travel and eat. Sometimes I will take the train with some of my friends and eat at different restaurants that I have never tried before. Most recently, I had Mexican food at a restaurant called Ganas. The restaurant played a lot of cool American music and the food was delicious! I had fajitas.
What language(s) do you speak? How do you say “Hello” in your language?
I speak Italian and a little bit of French. My Italian speaking skills are much better than my French speaking skills, but I chose to study French because France is close to Italy and I have many friends from France here in Italy. I am learning more and more every day by speaking with my friends in French. Hello in Italian is “Ciao!” It is pronounced, “chow”.
Do you have pets?
My family does not have any pets but the Milanese love dogs! People are always walking their dogs in the streets, taking them into restaurants and even the grocery stores! Everyone also dresses their dogs in little jackets or sweaters. It’s so cute! I would love a dog one day. Maybe I will get one when I have an apartment of my own one day.
Have you traveled? Where have you traveled?
So far I have traveled all over Italy. My favorite Italian cities are Pisa and Venice. Pisa is four hours away from Milan by train in a region called Tuscany. There, I saw the leaning tower of Pisa. I was so surprised at how much it actually leans! Venice is 3 ½ hours away from Milan by train in a region called Veneto. During my visit, I experienced the city’s transformation for their Carnevale celebration! During Carnevale, everyone around Italy wears masks and costumes, just like you all do for Halloween in the United States. It is a religious festival that goes on for three weeks.
What do you do for work?
I am applying for an internship at businesses in Milan. An internship is what college students like me apply for to see what it is like to have a real job. I will learn what it is like to work in Italy. I will have a manager and I will have an amazing opportunity to see and try what full-time employees do every day at their offices. I am very excited for my interview and hope I get the job! Wish me luck!
Is there anything else you would like to say to students in the United States?
Good luck in school! I think you all are so lucky to live in the United States. You all have many amazing opportunities. Many people would love to live in the United States, including me! In order to know understand what it is like to live in the United States, I only have television and people who have visited to rely on. I have never experienced it but would love to visit one day.