It Could Be You – Gabriele Picciolini

27 April 2017 0 Comments Category: blog, Expats Interviews

My name is Gabriele Picciolini and I’m from Milan. I came to Spain for the first time in 2003 to study in Barcelona as part of an Erasmus program. Once I finished my courses, I went back to Milan and worked until 2010, when an opportunity in Madrid arose for me. I didn’t hesitate to make the decision … even though I’d recently bought a house and a new car.

My first impression of Madrid was about the buildings … The Palacio de Cibeles, the Royal Palace—they were astonishing, as were the streets … Paseo de la Castellana, Gran Vía—they’re huge if you compare them with Milan. Everything is pharaonic.

The two things I love the most about this city are, first, the weather. Milan is very wet and flies make your life impossible in the summer. And second, the bar culture. I love meeting my friends or co-workers and going to the bar to drink a cañita. In Spain you can really enjoy life at its fullest, and also I love the siesta.

After seven years, I can say that I know more Spanish cities and towns than Italian ones. I haven’t stopped traveling across this magnificent country.

Madrid and Barcelona are impressive, but if I had to pick my favorite Spanish city, it would be Cádiz. The beaches, the people, the food and, last but not least, the carnivals with the chirigotas.

A lot of people ask me if I want to go back to Italy, but at the moment, I’m really happy here. I think Spain will be my home for a few more years. Luckily, I’ve integrated well with the culture, the people and their traditions. But I’m not going to lie—one of the things that I miss the most about my hometown is my coffee. I believe that Spanish coffee is not as good as Italian coffee, and maybe that’s the reason why many people drink their coffee with milk ;).

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