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As I woke up at 3am to catch a 7am flight from Nairobi (JKIA) to Milan (Malpensa) via Dubai I couldnt help but get butterflies.

Its always been a dream of mine to visit this particular fashion capital of the world. The playground for innovative, creative stylists and designers to Prada, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Gucci …. I could go on and on.

As I got onto the first leg of my flight barely awake or trying to be a normal human at 6am (those of you that aren’t morning people will understand how hard it would have been). I went though my nornal flying routines (click here to read more).

It took me 5 1/2 hours to get to Dubai with Emirates and around 6 1/2 hours to Milan.
So not bad in my opinion. However if you are not a good sleeper than maybe prepare yourself with tablets or a good book/ work to do to pass the time.

Landing at the airport and going through all the border control formalities was normal and not as difficult as I assumed it would be for an African travelling (some of my fellow Africans know what I’m talking about). In other words as soon as they saw my visa it was a quick stamp and I was off to collect my luggage.

When you head to your hotel you have a few options:

1. Train – £3.50 one way – this has a few stops but ends in the city centre where you can then walk or catch a cab to your hotel.
2. Airport Shuttle Bus – £8 one way or £14 return – if you pick this option they drop everyone in the middle of the city and you can then maybe grab a taxi or walk to your destination, so similar to the train but only one stop.
3. Taxi – £80-£100 one way- straight to your desired location.

It takes roughly an hour without traffic to get to the city. Next post will be a guide of what there is to do in Milan and how much it costs.


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