Expo Milano

6 August 2015

We were very lucky and were invited by Giuseppe Sala, Director of Expo, for a VIP tour around the Expo Milano!

One of his employees, Valentina, guided us the entire day at Expo and organised private tours for us in the following pavilions: pavilion zero from the UN, Italy, Austria, UK and Germany. This was a great way to skip the long waiting lines and to understand more about what was presented at the different pavilions.

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The theme of the Expo Milano was: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.

Since 145 countries are represented at the Expo, it’s impossible to visit all of them. But it’s already a great experience to walk around and enjoy the atmosphere with all these different nationalities.

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Being treated like VIPs meant that we were interviewed, filmed and photographed by Italian press and had a live interview on the Italian radio 105!! What a crazy but fun day :-)

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Pavilion zero – UN
The United Nations presented its zero hunger challenge at the Expo.

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We were shocked to learn that almost 1/3 of the volume of food produced for human consumption at global level is lost or wasted. Just 1/4 of that mountain of food could feed all the hungry of the earth!!

Italy
What would the world look like without Italy….? What would we miss?

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The symbol of the Italian pavilion was its tree of life that is based on Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome (symbolising the origin of Italy):

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Austria
Austria presented an interesting fresh air climate system that makes use of natural resources.

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UK
The UK constructed a bee hive that was connected to a real bee hive in Nottingham. Its lights represented the activity of the bees in this hive. The pavilion symbolised a hive of creativity and innovation + draw attention to the fact that the bees are disappearing in the UK.

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We enjoyed learning how bees communicate through vibrations :-)

Germany
The German pavilion represented a field of ideas linked to sustainability. A lot of interesting research projects were displayed. They used an innovative image tool to display additional information: a piece of cardboard that was used as display screen.

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For the kids there was an entertaining music show in which we used our pieces of cardboard to make sounds.

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Grazie mille per tutti, it was a great experience and wonderful day with Valentina!