It was summer when we visited Milan, Italy. Based on what I understand from my cousin, Italians usually took the summer vacay off and visit other places. And since the cat is away, the mouse will play. My cousin who’s working for an Italian family had the whole month off in August and so we’re lucky we had her all throughout our stay in Milan so she could tour us around.
Mac Mahon is a famous park for Filipinos staying in Milan as this is where they meet, chat with their amigos & amigas, relax, do business and play all throughout the summer season. They usually come here in the evening. There’s a basketball court for those who are into this kind of sports. There’s also a drinking session (of course I had a quite culture shock coming from the Middle East where drinking liquors are prohibited in the streets). And when you get hungry, there’s a variety of ready-to-eat Filipino goodies such as Pancit Lomi, Halo-halo, lutong-ulam at kanin, as well as street foods like isaw, kwek-kwek, itlog na maalat, barbecue, and others. You would also find fresh vegetables to cook when you get home – kangkong, kamote tops, string beans, okra, and all other Pinoy veggies. Much to my surprise, there were also perya (town fair) games such as ABC games, colour games, and the like. We’ve been here for two nights and based on what I saw and experience, I had the feeling like I am in the Philippines and almost forgotten I am in Italy.