EXPO QUICK FACTS
-The World Expo is held every 5 years for a period of 6 months.
-The first World Expo was held in London in 1851. It has never been held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia Regions.
-The Eiffel Tower in Paris, hated by Parisians when it was first erected in 1889, was built for that year’s World’s Fair (and was supposed to be torn down afterward).
-Expo 2020 will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates with its theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.
Well, back to my story, MILAN EXPO started on May 1 and will last up to 6 months. The theme chosen is, Feeding the Planet; Energy for Life. The organizers seek to advance a universal conversation on how to guarantee food for all while protecting the environment. I had a chance to visit the Expo twice with friends and share quality time together, on a beautiful summer day. As a student of a state University in Milan, we have a special price of 10 euro for a day pass. While for the evening pass, starting from 7pm onwards it only cost 5 euro for everyone.
My personal favorites are Qatar(the free henna tattoo is cool and the surrounding really takes you to a different world), Russia(architecture is beautiful, the gigantic mirror from the main entrance becomes attraction because people can photograph themselves and the view), Brazil (we had an exciting experience climbing up the net that takes us to gallery and with a view of garden underneath). But what I saw is so little from 149 pavilions that Expo invites to see.
So my personal advice:
-Visit on a weekday if possible there were literally hundreds of thousands of visitors everyday.
-Buy the ticket online. http://www.expo2015.org/en/tickets/tickets-type
-Arrive as early as possible to visit the popular pavilions (Italy, Germany, France, China) that will surely become too crowded after.
-Visit small and unfamiliar countries, have time to interact with the staff so to gain knowledge about remote country in the world.
-To make this expo exploration more fun, buy the Expo passport at the entrance, it has space for receiving stamps from each country you visit.
-And last but most important advice, wear your most comfy shoes!:-)