Sunday, September 25, 2011

Milan and a liitle bit of life unfolds

A lot has happened in 3 weeks - a picture being a thousand words - I'll let them do the speaking - City tour of Milan, Venice Film Festival, a trip to Cinque Terre and finally a weekend of respite and dressing up (read shopping)

Milan and around

Milan is a beautiful city - the old and the new mix in very well as you stare at the skyline. Venice was everything that it was promised to be - I will return one day for the masquerade ball (the masks set my imagination on fire). The film festival was an interesting experience although I was left somewhat depressed watching the film that won the Golden Lion - Faust - such is the power of cinema. Italy is beautiful - I got my first taste of it at Cinque Terre - a string of five towns on the coast which are very hike worthy. Although hiking all 5 in a day left me sore for days - clear indication that I still have some ways to go.

Strangers no more

However, what is even more beautiful than Italy is the people I have around me and some I have met here. I've always believed that people around the world have a lot in common than is believed. When you throw in some exchange students who are not only from different parts of the world but are going to go through a shared experience, with its trials and tribulations, together - you've got a good starting point. A lot of us are searching, in one way or the others, parts of ourselves, parts of what the rest of our lives will look like while being in a very beautiful city. Some of us have different goals - of seeing places, of spending time with significant others, of recruiting since we all need a job, while there are a few who are truly making the effort to get to know other people. You know that you're having a good time when thoughts cross your mind that this will only last for a couple of months and you feel sad. Some people I've come to feel a sense of camaraderie with will disperse to different parts of the world - but a German friend once told me - we never meet anyone once - and I've taken that to heart.

A prelude to a beautiful pause

Life had been busy - really busy these last few years - an exchange program was many things to me - a respite, a growth opportunity, more wanderlust - it has been all that and more. The icing on the cake was having a job offer this week. It sets my mind free to pursue certain things that require time and space - something that has been missing from my life for a while.

The pause that led to some fires

As I walk alone - new friends by my side,
Streets of a new city remind me of old dreams.
Fantasies born out of childhood readings,
Reality is slightly different.
I am here now,
Here now,
But the streets look a little different.
It is a time to smell the flowers
It is a time to grow
It is a time to watch the beauty
Of people, places and life.
The misty morning sets my thoughts adrift
Still young in so many ways
But wiser in some.
Life's in pause - incubating in dreams, juices of life,
In moments of pure beauty, in moments of truth,
In moments of friendship.
I set myself free
When I learned a little more about myself.
So many people out there,
Poetry in lives of others.
The world goes round and round and round
While I stand still and watch.
Each person touches me in a certain way,
Some set fire to my imagination
Whose sparks sometimes lead to fire
A phoenix rises out of those ashes
A new me and a new you
We've changed now.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Milan diaries

If the week was any indication of things to come - the stars are aligning for a special 2 months - photos to follow.
Tomorrow we (exchange students) explore Milan......
The week in a few words -

1. Bocconi - Bene!
2. Apartamento -  Molto bene!
3. Compagni di stanza - Bellisimo!!
4. Scambio di studenti - Molto molto bene!
5. Milano - La dolce vita!