Posts By: Luke Zhang

Grazie mille, Milano

Milano, Munich, Paris, Florence, Cinque Terre, Expo, Modena, Brescia, Parma, Torino, Siena, Bordeaux, Cremona, Budapest, Naples, Sorrento, Positano, Rome. Ever since my return to America (for a grand total of a week, if not less), I’ve been asked the same question, repeatedly: “How was your time abroad?” And amidst all the mumblings of, “Oh, it was good”… Read more »

Buone Feste, L’Italia

Italy, the land where your hard work in the semester is tested at the end of the semester for a whopping 30 points. Finals were just as rigorous as the NU standard, which made for a nice taste of home-before-home. However, this way of testing forces a student to truly learn the subject from beginning to… Read more »

The end is nearing?!

This here marks the halfway point. In less than two months, I’ll be back in the States and frankly, it’s a thought I’ve tried to avoid putting into words. On the train ride back from Brescia tonight (a completely spontaneous trip decided this very morning), I reflected on the two shorts months I spent here. Trust me:… Read more »

Is There More to Life Than Just Aperitivo?

Aperitivo, noun: paying a set price (5-12€), receiving a drink and unlimited food (read: every college kid’s dream). One of the most amazing ways to gather with friends without the hassle of “who’s ordering what,” aperitivo is one of the best ways to enjoy the Milan lifestyle. Because Milan is a developed and rather industrial big city, getting… Read more »

Some Fishy Explorations

Cinque Terre: the famed 5 cities on the Ligurian coast of Italy. This past week, my friend and I had scheduled for two nights in Manarola, the penultimate town in the south. Our little studio at the very top of the city had a sea-view and conveniently located two doors down from the best restaurant in… Read more »

Unexpected Espressos

My pasticceria had just put out some fresh brioche, knowing I had to grab one on the way to school. The pastry chef spoke not a lick of English, but we chatted away while I had my morning espresso, rushing out at the last moment with my usual chocolate croissant in hand. “Ciao, ciao! Buona… Read more »

Post-Summer, Pre-Milan

“Dolce far niente,” or in English, “The sweetness of doing nothing.” For a typical Italian mantra, it certainly has been the goal this summer to find a few minutes of respite as I prepare for my four-month exchange at Università Bocconi, the Economics, Management, and Finance school in Milano, Italy. This summer, I’ve been working part-time at a… Read more »