Milan Expo

Emily, Nick, and I went to Milan for the weekend. We visited the Expo on food sustainability and also saw part of the city. When we got to the expo, we went straight for Switzerland. The Swiss pavilion regulates their line by giving you a ticket with a time slot when you can enter the pavilion. After getting our time slot, we went to the Netherlands and ate bitterballen. At the Swiss pavilion, we entered a tower that had four rooms. In each room, there was a different item: packets of coffee, salt, dried apples, and water cups. It is supposed to be a “supermarket of sustainability.” Everything is free, but the goods will not be refilled. Visitors are free to take as much as they want, but if all the visitors take as much as they want, there won’t be any left for the visitors later in the expo. We learned that they ran out of the apple slices and cups by mid-May, a mere 1/2 month after the opening of the expo. The idea was nice–don’t be greedy–but I didn’t like the execution. I felt like they were treating me like a toddler and reprimanding me.

We also visited Morocco, Turkey, USA, Kuwait, Germany, Vietnam, France, Netherlands, UK, Thailand, Italy, Brazil, South Korea, China, and Ireland. The South Korean pavilion was really neat–they used screens mounted on robotic arms that rotated to create a moving video. I also liked the Irish pavilion–a very sweet message on preserving our Earth for future generations. Overall reaction to expo: like a real-life Epcot–neat but lines were long. The money and time spent on expo probably could have fed millions of people.

On Sunday, we visited Duomo and the Sforza castle. We also ate a stupid amount of pizza and enjoyed gelato at Cioccolat Italiani. At this gelateria, they fill the bottom of the cone with chocolate sauce so the ice cream doesn’t melt and leak out of the cone. When you finish your gelato, instead of being left with a dissappointingly empty cone, you are greeted by a delicious lava of chocolate.

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Irish Pavilion: “We did not inherit this world from our parents, we borrowed it from our children. One day we will return it to them. When we do, it should be every bit as bountiful as it was when we found it. That’s what sustainability means…”
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Netherlands Pavilion
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German Pavilion: the hexagons are solar panels that store energy to power the lights on the solar panel “trees” at night.
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UK’s honeycomb structure
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Dog park.

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