Next week I will have the chance to be in Milan for the second time, and that's a good thing. The first time I went it was January and all I can say is, that I was happy to leave. Nothing dramatic happened, except that the weather was awful. I heard that winter in Milan isn't too pleasant, but after all I thought it's still Italy, can't be too bad. The first afternoon was fine, blue sky, I went on top of the cathedral it was beautiful. The second day it was snowing all day, but it wasn't the nice fluffy snow, it was muddy snow. Nevertheless, I am willing to give Milan a second chance.
1) The Colosseum, built in 70 AD in Rome, has over 80 entrances and can accommodate 50,000 to 80,000 spectators.
Personally, I don't know how they do it. Their food is rich in flavor, tastes like heaven and is consumed each time with tons of wine. Life isn't fair, it's not. Here are some nice places in Florence to eat their way.
It's only the most adorable movie. I could never get tired of it.
Here are some images I picked.
You can learn more about history visiting Florence, than you could ever in a classroom - you will remember every detail of history you hear about Florence. At least that is what happened to me. So if you ever are lucky enough to study abroad or travel to Italy, I would suggest Florence as the perfect place to do it.
One of the reasons I don't like visiting museums is because I don't know the "back story" or the details to remember and observe the art pieces - often they all look the same to me. With Florence it's different, there is so much history in one city that you cannot avoid hearing about it.
For example, have you ever seen:
Have you ever fallen in love with someone or something and immediately regretted it, because the chances of having the same feelings returned was as likely as Kim Jong-un winning the Nobel for peace? When I was younger, I couldn't avoid having a crush on the boys who didn't even acknowledged my existence, although often we would sit in the same classroom. After too many years of repeating the same mistake, I learned to avoid falling in love with unrealistic targets. What does this have to do with the movie Frances Ha or New York City? After watching the movie I understood that I would have become Frances, if I had stayed in New York, after my one year of unpaid internship. During that time, I made sure I would not fall in love with this beautiful city, because I would not be able to afford it in the long-run. It's a magical city and I recommend everyone to see it, it's so good it's almost unrealistic. Frances Ha gives a very realistic view of living in NYC as an average person, and all the beauty and struggles it comes with. Frances struggles especially with achieving her career goal, but also with her friendship to Sophie and accepting that her ambitions are too high for what she can have at her current point in life. She reminded me of that quote, "The root of suffering is attachment," because she was attached to her ambitions. I would lie, if I said I never get attached to anything, especially my less realistic ambitions.
I personally have never been to Tokyo, but it's on my "places I better see before I die" list. Living there may be too drastic, I already struggle in the Netherlands with the culture shock. Culture shock is one of the many themes Sofia Coppola covers in this movie. I love the movie so much for it's authenticity towards life, because most movies just cheat on us by making us believe that the ugly girl eventually will end up with the Prom King.
This movie instead shows the real side of modern life and love, the loneliness, the faded romance of a long relationship.
Bill Murray as Bob and Scarlett Johansson as Charlotte meet in the movie and develop a strong bond despite their age difference. Most of us had that kind of special bond, at one point in life, with a person that in another context or place would never had become even a friend. I remember studying in Bologna (Italy) and being in class with people I had completely nothing in common with, except for one person. She was almost 10 years older than me, but since I was born in Germany and she was German we had a common language in common. We ended up spending each moment together and developed a strong bond. Today we barely speak, and I highly doubt we would have been friends if we had met in a different place or time. But at that point in my life she was the most important person, we helped each other to overcome many challenges that come along when you are far from your family, friends and comfort zone. I realized how much she helped me and meant to me, once she had left for the second semester and I was left alone in that same city. Watching the movie made me remember that time after she left and how lonely I felt in a city which just days before felt so right.