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Milano, Italy: Traveling 101

The Milan trip was memorable for many reasons. Most of them having to do with traveling arrangements.

Six Things I Learned While Traveling To and From Milan

1. Don't fall asleep on the plane during short legs of the journey.




If you have to fall asleep, make sure you set a watch to a time five minutes before you're suppose to arrive. Be sure to put it in militiary time if your clock is European. Otherwise, you may miss your journal. This almost happened a couple times as I tried to figure out, why are we already there? why didn't my alarm go off?!?! When you do finally realize that you have to get off the train before you miss your next connection, be sure to:


2. (Do) Not listen to directions from people who are not employees of the train system.

Guys like this...



are cool. Note he has a red and blue tie on. Sometimes, a guy or lady may wear a red hat or a red blazer. Basically, the employees do not look like passenger. If a passenger is saying to you in broken English, "thi…

Milano, Italy: An Intro

So, recently I went to Milano, Italy (Milan, for us Americans) with a friend of mine. Pictures seen here are courtesy of her (Shameka), since I, not having packed the night before our 4am departure, forgot to bring my camera. The two-night, three day trip (March 26-28) was highly entertaining, primarily because of transportation issues (we'll leave that for another post). I was so impressed with Italy that I will be returning to tour Rome and Naples later in May.


Though the trip was short in length, there is much to discuss about it. For now, I will focus on some major points. Later, I will provide a more detail review of our night in Naviglio, a major party district for youngsters of the city. Pictured above is an Italian sign pointing to Milano taken from Domodossola (below), a town in north Italy where we made a connection to Milano from Switzerland (Basel).



Upon arriving in Milano, my friend and I were astonished by the heavy police and militiary presence. Below I show you some …

Sewell Done Gone Global

Mannheim, Germany My first view as I leave my apartment building in the morning for a run
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Yep, you read it. Sewell done gone global! Haha...I just had to say it -- it rhymes in a funny way. Well, folks I am out here in Mannheim, Germany. "Mannheim, Germany!" You say, "What's there?!" Me! And Ivan, my colleague from IU. And the University of Mannheim, where I am teaching a graduate-level seminar in quantitative methods to assess the social construction of race, the social causes of racial inequality, and the societal consequences of racial diversity.

So, that's the boring stuff. The interesting stuff is that body is in such haywire that I have taken to napping in the middle of the day, usually early evening but sometimes late afternoon. I am getting up from one of those naps right now, so I will be up for a bit more before I settle into a work rhythm. Now, those…

Sewell Done Gone Global: The First Post

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Mannheim, Germany My first view as I leave my apartment building in the morning for a run
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Yep, you read it. Sewell done gone global! Haha...I just had to say it -- it rhymes in a funny way. Well, folks I am out here in Mannheim, Germany. "Mannheim, Germany!" You say, "What's there?!" Me! And Ivan, my colleague from IU. And the Univers…