Thursday, May 28, 2009

And back to spring - ish!

I'm being such a Brit, all it seems that I blog about these days is the weather!! Unfortunately it hasn't dropped the 10 degrees in Milan that the media was promising, yesterday it was a measly 3 degrees cooler than Tuesday, down to 31 degrees!! Last night was much better though, I could actually sleep with the covers on! Going outside onto the balcony when it was really hot was horrific, I couldn't believe it was that hot at like 10-11pm! It's been difficult sleeping too, I'm not a great sleeper at the best of times, but I'm so tired today after a string of hot nights. I'm looking forward to having a lovely lie-in Saturday morning!!

One thing that this hot weather's good for though is that it gives you an excuse to eat (more) ice cream :D I was naughty and actually had ice cream for lunch when I was out shopping over the weekend, chocolate and stracciatella, lovely! I had to eat it too quickly though cos it was melting so fast in the heat!

And Sunday afternoon I was down the park enjoying the sun! The first proper sunbathing session of the year - and it gave me a migraine!! That'll teach me! I thought I'd better off starting with the factor 30, but I didn't get much of a tan from that, so I think I might be ok on factor 20 for another few weeks! Well, I think I'll risk it, I'm sick of being this pale!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Heatwave!!

30+ degrees in May!! A heatwave's hit Italy this week, luckily it's the centre that seems to have been hit the hardest, though the maximum for the last few days here in Milan has been around 32 degrees! Thing is, it doesn't feel anywhere near as hot as 30 odd degrees does in the UK! Honestly, if I didn't know it had been 30+ degrees these last few days, I never would have guessed! It's nice at the moment, when there's a bit of a breeze admittedly, though the evenings can be pretty stuffy, even around 10-11pm, getting to sleep's already proving to be a bit of a problem!! I'm looking forward to spending some quality time down the park this weekend, working on my tan (not that I've actually got much of a tan at the moment, but never mind...) and enjoying the sunshine! The weather's promising much of the same over the weekend, sunny and around 32-33 degrees! Now this is what Mediterranean weather should be like!!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

What a racket!!

You didn't need to tell me this morning that Inter had won last night, I knew. From all the noise there was around 11 last night I thought there had been an accident or something, but then it clicked, Milan had been playing, and that game could've decided that Inter had won Serie A. What a racket!! I couldn't believe it! It wasn't even my street, barely any traffic goes down here! I wasn't in Italy when they won the world cup 3 years ago, but I was there until the semi-final if I remember correctly, and it was exactly the same there! Imagine, a little medieval hill-top town, population of around 6,000, but a big student town, cars and vespas going round and round the little streets beeping and waving flags! Madness!!

The weather recently, mostly at least, has been lovely! Easily hitting 23 degrees, and gorgeous sunshine, if only it could stay like this for the rest of the summer!! My freckles are already coming out even though I haven't been out much in the sun yet, good thing I bought that factor 30 the other week!

And to everyone who's going to see Mika on the 6th in Teatro Parenti, you shall most definitely see me there, with bells on!! Very much looking forward!!

And one more thing, should I be worried that I like Biagio Antonacci's new song??

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Bank Holiday Weekend!

Ah, 3 day weekends are awesome! An extra day for shopping, housework, or just lazying around & doing nothing! And today I went shopping, on the hunt for summer clothes... And I came back with a pair of flip flops, a necklace & hairclips. Rubbish. How is it that there are so many shops in Milan but I can't find any summer clothes that I like or fit?? It's supposed to start hitting the high 20s by the end of next week (it's about 23/24 degrees today) so I really need to find some things soon! There were a lot of tourists in giro today, definitely outnumbering the Italians!! But it's starting to get full on Saturday mornings now, especially in the centre; I can't imagine what it must've been like this afternoon!

One piece of pretty important news, I got my new contract this week! As with most contracts in Italy, it lasts for a fixed period, in my case, 18 months. So I can stay here for another 18 months! So obviously, I'm very happy!

One whinge though, the price of suncream in this country is insane. Over 10 euro for a bottle of factor 30?? I need factor 30 to start off with in Italy, or I'm in trouble! I spent the best part of 30 euro this afternoon on 2 bottles of suncream & 1 bottle of aftersun, and I just think it's a lot of money for something essential in the summer!