I’ve been looking for a good excuse to visit Milan for quite some time, but it was only last year that I finally got the ultimate excuse. Milan was hosting the 2015 World Fair Expo, which allowed for a combination of a visit to Milan and for me to see the world at the same time. It’s not my first time visiting an Expo, I previously had the most awful experience visiting the Shanghai Expo 2010 with endless lines, rude crowds, and the most impossible pollution, but the Milan Expo was nothing like that. Milan was an amazing host city, with decent weather, impeccable public transport, short waiting lines, and easy online ticket ordering (which, BTW, saved my ass when I reached the gates realizing I should have lined up for tickets before that).
The 2015 theme was “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, so – basically – food and sustainability, and each country set up a large structure and showed the best related technology with some kind of twist regarding the country. It’s not really a fair competition, the developed countries had gigantic structures with high technology, while the 3rd-world was struggling to setup anything, but the interesting bits were for the countries that were somewhere in between, especially the uprising economies (Brasil, China, etc.) and societies seeking to show competence (UAE, Russia, etc.).
We roamed around for almost a whole day, visiting the different pavilions and enjoying the show. I’m obviously a bit biased, but I must say that I especially enjoyed the Israeli pavilion, it had a very entertaining show with some spectacular demonstration of sustainable farming technologies. It was a fun day, I’ll definitely try and make it to future Expos in the upcoming years.
It’s been a while, so all might look like a big blur, but the post and photos are just meant to show you the diversity of the attractions that Expo has to offer. If you get a chance to visit an Expo – do, it’s all good fun.