See House Hunters International follow CityMIG from Chicago to Milan- 12/14 on HGTV

Well, living in Milan, Italy has certainly been a change over these last 5 months.  As we prepare to come back home to Chicago for Christmas, I am both anxious and excited to go back, now with fresh eyes to look at the city that I love after being away so long.

As some of you know, our move from the Windy City to the City of Style was documented by House Hunters International and so you can see this Chicago family pick up and move to Milan.  The show airs tomorrow December 14th at 10:30est.  Should be on at 9:30pm Chicago time.  Tune in if you are interested.  I'm curious how it came out and how you guys get to see our drama unfold as we searched for an apartment in Milan which was far from the gorgeous downtown condo we owned with a view of the Sears (now Willis) Tower.  Click here to see the HGTV overview of our show http://www.hgtv.com/house-hunters-international/looking-for-the-real-italy-on-an-ancestral-homecoming/index.html

Of the things I'm most excited about, obviously friends and family top list of Chicago things that we have missed.  Luckily, with Skype and Viber it's been easier that expected to keep in touch.  But with Skype I still can't wrap my arms around my little niece or put my hands on the belly of one of my best friends who is pregnant.  Some things cannot be replace by technology.

As for the city of Chicago, I have greatly missed the Joffrey Ballet and of course hope to get to see the Nutcracker while we are in town.  It just gets better and better every year.  Before we leave Milan next week, my amazing husband bought my daughter and I tickets to La Scala to see the Opening Night of Romeo and Juliet the ballet.  I am so excited for this because I think for someone like me, it's impossible to say you LIVED in Milan until you have experienced La Scala.

Other than that, I am most hungry for the skyline.  That beautiful time right after dusk when you look up between the skyscrapers and see the most beautiful blue among the squares of the building tops - I long so much to see that again and to stand in the middle of it all.  It will always be home to us.

Next year, my husband and I will celebrate 10 years of marriage.  I remember our save the date, which held the words WE LOVE CHICAGO AS MUCH AS WE LOVE EACH OTHER.  No matter where in the world we live, this is still so true.

See you soon, Chicago.  And tune in tomorrow night to see the House Hunters International Episode!!!!

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