Sunday, January 13, 2008

Welcome to Milan & Athens Weekend

Greetings from the Crowne Plaza in Milan, Italy! Actually, I am technically staying outside of Milan in San Donato, which is a suburb southeast of the city. Milan proper is wayyyy too expensive to stay in. We work in a town called Lodi, Italy, which is about 20 minutes from our hotel, which isn't too bad.

Milan itself actually has been pretty rainy and cloudy...nothing too special. It is about a high of mid-40s each day. Everyone at the Monsanto office is saying that we should have come at a different time of year, but unfortunately, work does not always dictate that.

The audit is going well...the site is a little slow in getting information to us, and me specifically for a few things, but I am starting to lay the hammer down and get some responses. Some items I had requested mid-December and still don't have, which is a little disappointing.

This weekend we went to Athens, Greece, for a quick 40-hour trip. We got in late Friday night, around 1:00 a.m., and just went to bed. Saturday we toured the Acropolis [which contains the Temple of Nike, the Parthenon, and many other examples of neo-classical Greek architecture]. We then went shopping in the Plaka, which is supposed to be the nice shopping district. Then, we went to the Benaki Museum, which contained a bunch of Greek made art. Lastly, we took the subway to the Olympic Stadium from the 2004 games, which was really neat to see.

All in all, a great weekend. We are going to the AC Milan soccer game tonight @ 8:30 p.m., which I caught this AM and the rest of my cohorts didn't notice. I will try and take some good from the Athens weekend coming shortly.

Ciao Ciao!

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