On the Precipice

Trip Start May 11, 2009
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Trip End Jul 21, 2009


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Flag of Italy  , Lombardy,
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I was woken up early in Milan by the sound of a drunken roommate stumbling into the dormitory at 6 am.

I got up and started updating my moleskin (yes... I know a moleskin is usually a white person thing but I bought one anyways) and as 8 o'clock rolled around I made my way to Central Milan where I hoped to catch a glimpse of the famous Duomo Cathedral. The entrance was free and as I walked inside, I was engulfed in a catacomb-like darkness.

The Gothic architecture is impressive and an unnaturally chilling but solemn wind circulates through the whole church. Pictures were no allowed so unfortunately I will not be able to weave photos into this blog later. I then made a quick stop by the Milan Futbol stadium. The team is supposed to play in Milan ao Saturday and I hoped that I would catch a glimpse of the practice. Unfortunately the stadium was empty, but I have to say that the scale of it puts even Citifield or Yankees Stadium to shame.

This afternoon I traveled to Bern, Switzerland where I am relaxing and doing laundry before my flight out of Zurich Airport in the morning. I spent some time walking around the relatively deserted streets of Bern. I even considered renting a bike to get around the city (but I had forgot my ID in the hostel).

I made it a point to go see the Bern Central Clock Tower, which was finely carved and brightly painted. As I moved a little bit east, I came to the Aire River and watched the sunset in the distance. The river is sunken in a deep valley and the city had installed a series of hydroelectric power plants along the river basin. I stopped for a while to watch some locals play a game of table tennis in the park. Afterwards I had a bag of Ramen noodles for dinner and went to bed.

I will write my next entry in a couple days from a surprising and exciting destination... Nairobi, Kenya!
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ddhib
ddhib on

re: milan & moleskins
Allen, thanks for the postcard- the timing was perfect, as it arrived today on my birthday. sweet.
And, moleskines are damned addictive- I've acquired a whole stack of them in recent years. they're just so nicely designed, and I'm a sucker for good design.

*promptly falls facefirst into stuff white people like, and, er, lives up to the image*

You're right about the unique feeling of european cities- each one, i remember, was an entirely different experience. It's the same, of course, with cities here in the states, but the differences are nowhere near as obvious. Being enveloped in another language also helps. The only things which curiously seem the same from place to place are the tourist merchandise you see EVERYWHERE :D

It sounds as though kenya is where this traveling will kick itself up a notch -enjoy the sights- africa sounds fantastic.

thanks again for the postcard, and safe travels.

lisak2009
lisak2009 on

Kenya
Ah watch out- moleskins are addictive... but when traveling, they are the only way to go.

Can't wait to read about Kenya; I've always wanted to make it there.

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