Early on Friday morning, I and a group of 50 other freshman hopped on a bus bound for Milano. After four hours of fading in and out of sleep, bathroom and lunch breaks, we finally made it to Milano.
Our first and only stop for the day was the Sforza Castle. Located in Milano, the castle itself was built around the 15th century, destroyed a couple of times, and the current model was restored in the early 1900s. Today the castle is owned by the city of Milan and houses museums, events, and art collections.
We had free time to look around the castle, so we wandered around for a little bit. Around part of the castle is the remains of a moat, which is now filled with grass. In this post-moat, there is a herd of cats. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!. This herd of cats bathes, sleeps, and chills all day long in the sunshine of the moat. At one point, we saw a woman riding her bike through the moat followed by about 10 cats. She had food, and they were ready. There were also holes in the walls of the castle that the cats would disappear into and emerge out of. It was easily one of the top 10 cat moments in my life (there’s a list).
Next, we had a guided tour around the top of the castle. Before the tour, we all made sure to get an Irish dance lesson from Adler.
The tour guide told us about the history of the castle, some ghost stories, and let us hold some pretty dope medieval weaponry.
Towards the end of the day, the sun went away and the clouds emerged. We went back to the hotel for dinner, and I crashed early, ready for the EXPO the next day.