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Take a break

Posted in Accessories, Drinks, Fashion, Food, Shoes, Stylist, Travel, Trend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2016 by Cheeky Poppins



Life is for living in my very humble opinion. Over the past three weeks I have spent in Milan, Italy – I have never known the benefits of a recharge. Any time I have ever taken a break, or a holiday, I bury myself in a project or organised a voyage of a lifetime.20160318_135548

Walking as a means of transport, has been a pleasure. The wonders it does for your fitness, posture and general health are a saving grace to save me from the delicious beige food I have consumed. As would you with pizza, pasta and bread so delicious and on every corner.

Getting lost in a city with a drastically low incidence of petty crime is a wonder. The freedom, beauty and space to roam the city is such a calming experience.



Not to put Milan on a pedestal, with the cleanliness, culture and rich history there is also a lack of conformity. few people want or choose to speak English, which can make for a tough few first weeks before I was taken pity on by my lovely landlady Gabriella. Teaching me English from grammar upwards to vocabulary, she is heaven-sent.

The fact I have not posted in some time is due to the fact I had to get myself a job to survive in this beautiful city of beauticians, salons, high-streets, beautiful leather shoes, bags and independent retailers. as well as bars, clubs and cafes. Teaching English was a wonderful experience and has given me additional tools for life. I have honed my interpersonal skills, communication technique, teaching skills and have made a positive impact on the lives of a few amazing Italians along the way to improve their English, confidence and prospects in the future.

It’s not goodbye just yet, but on my rare day off, I thought a little tribute to this gift of time was due. Thank you Milan.



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Getting around Milan

Posted in Fashion, Food, Travel, Trend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2016 by Cheeky Poppins



Other than dolce far niente…..

There are a many other perks to living in Milan other than the food. There is the fashion, coffee and general sense of familiarity. Talking to strangers on the street, meeting locals and expats in the local bar and becoming a daily customer at your nearby cafe will open up a world of opportunities.

I have been on trips to Vigevano a town located in the province of Pavia, Lombardy. It is one of the most historical cities known for its famous Piazza Ducale and Catello Sforzesco (a castle for us English folk) rebuilt in the 15th century for the patron Ludovico Maria Sforza. Its history of footwear manufacture also houses one of the most impressive footwear museums known to myself. With a beautiful piazza, cathedral and historical buildings and statues in the centre of town it is a great place to get some culture. There are plenty of places to stop and have an ice-cream, or a full meal. There are markets and stores for shopping if that is on the cards too. Its a quiet little place to disappear to. Not literally as eventually someone will notice your missing, hopefully.

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Bergamo, houses a beautiful lot of many things. 40km north of Milan, you’ll find churches with royal crests of three testicles , amazing frescos, Venetian walls built in the 16th century, outdoor churches and historical bells you can actually stand underneath as it rings, why I did this I am still not sure why but the view is amazing.

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Next stop will be Florence , so watch this space. My point is the more people you talk to and the more connections made, the better the experience in this beautiful country. I’m not talking backpackers, regular people who enjoy socialising and meeting crazy foreigners with a booming laugh not even London understands. Thanks to everyone so far whose made my time here so awesome, I haven’t met a crazy person yet but with the amount of people I have met the odds are not in my favour.