Forget about what’s been said that it’s better to visit during a weekday. As the event winds down to its final days, more people are making a last-ditch effort to see EXPO Milan before it’s no more. I had been anticipating this hyped-up affair ever since MotH was able to get open-date tickets (at a sweet deal of 20€ each) through his employer. That was back in June. Bad move in putting it off until now, because come rain or shine, the number of souls that we saw yestserday were just mind-boggling.
Around the World in 5 hours
I knew we were in trouble when television news started reporting a surge in numbers at the start of September. Long lines for all of the popular pavilions. Incredible waiting times to get into Japan! With a mindset of knowing that we didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell (and we didn’t), but with the intent of learning at least one thing about a country that I had never stepped foot in, I can now say it was quite an experience.
At mid-morning on a Monday, the pavilions without much of a line were Estonia (interesting), Turkey (dull), and Turkmenistan (ho-hum). We visited Spain (routine) where you could indulge in a small tasting plate of precious spanish jamon at 40€ a pop. We hung on to our 40€. I took photos of pavilions that struck me as to how each country wanted the world to see them, or maybe the other way around. For example:
From left: Turkmenistan has a geometric thing going on, Russia embiggens its already big presence à la ‘Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall’, and Vanke (a big player in Chinese real estate) as ‘Undulation, Interrupted’ in this artistic project.