City MIG has moved to Italy!!!!!

Well, it was only a matter of time that CityMIG1 headed overseas for a European adventure. My husband, daughter and I relocated to Milan, Italy so I am happy to announce that I will bring the essence of Italian fashion, style and CityMIG life in Milano straight to you as often as I can. If you want to hear about our adventures in Europe and recommendations for what's hot and happening in Milano, follow the blog!

So, two weeks in and I can report there is a ton to do in an international city like Milano. So far, beyond the bore of paperwork that is critical to the transition, we've found some amazing places and cultural nuances in Italia. Reporting here on a few:

First and foremost: The tradition of Aperitivo
Best idea ever - Milan has invented the equivalent of happy hour but completely Italian in form. Basically, every bar in Milan puts out a lovely spread of delicacies from 6-8ish and for the price of a drink you can socialize and snack every night. And when I say snack, I mean for 8-14euro you can enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine along with everything from fresh buffalo mozzerella caprese, a range of pasta dishes, polenta con funghi, fruit, etc. It's exciting to get recommendations and pop around the city trying each one. So far, we have enjoyed the local ones near our apartment on the Corso Buenos Aires as well as the Sheraton Diana Majestic's the best. The view for drinks at La Rinascente of the top of the Duomo is worth the expense.  Mangia, mangia.

Being expats and wanting to make friends we found out about a group called Internations. Check out the website because they have groups in most big cities and locals are welcome too. It was a great way for us to find other expats from all over the world who are young, fun and social. The event was held at JustCavalli Hollywood (the Hollywood make me smirk) but it is a great scene!

Apartment life:
After owning a home for 9 years in the heart of Chicago, it's interesting to go back into renting in Milano and frankly feels very freeing. Renting an apartment here is quite different. Some come fully furnished like the one we are renting and others come empty. And when I mean empty, I'm talking without even a kitchen built in. You have to go to IKEA and do it yourself. Stay tuned on more about our cute new apartment and how we found it.

CityMIGs abroad:
So far, in just two weeks I have been lucky enough to meet multiple City MIGS here in Milano and I hope at some point to profile them for you. From the fantastic Sylvia Raffa (who spends half her time here in the trendy Porta Romana and the rest of her time in Chicago and Dallas running an Italian Fashion Expo), to Maren Thielen, fellow Chi-O who showed me how to find an American breakfast in this city and the lovely Michelle Schoenung who writes and translates for some of the hottest fashion mags in Milan and was fabulous enough to tell me about the amazing kids activities in the Castello Sforzinda. Making new friends and finding new and remarkable women abroad is one of the biggest benefits to being here.

There are literally thousands of things I could update on about being new to Milan so if you are interested, follow along. And, if you know Milan and have recommendations for me, send them my way and I'll check them out. Pics in the gallery.

Ciao e baci a tutti!

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