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my first view of the Alps this morning, along my bike path on the way to school

my first view of the Alps this morning, along my bike path on the way to school

This afternoon, as I was biking to school, I looked at the horizon and saw something I had not yet seen from Milan, since I arrived a month ago: the Alps. It was quite a surprise.

Suddenly, today, they were there, clear and majestic. My phone’s camera does not do these mountains justice.

I am not quite sure why I had not yet seen the Alps. My best hypotheses are that:

  • It was an unusually clear day.
  • We had had a frost for the previous few nights, so the leaves were off of most trees, which hitherto may have blocked the view.
  • I usually ride to school in the mornings, when the sun is behind the mountains, obscuring them. This afternoon, the sun was to my back, illuminating the mountain faces in extraordinary detail.

I went up to the seventh floor at the top of LITA, our laboratory-learning facility, and took a few pictures from inside one of the labs.

the Alps, with the San Raffaele teaching hospital (domed) in the foreground

the Alps, with the San Raffaele teaching hospital (domed) in the foreground

a closer view of the mountains, from LITA

a closer view of the mountains, from the seventh floor of LITA

the Alps through a lab window

The weather was extraordinary today: sunny, crisp, and about 13º C, 55º F. On the ride home, I breathed in the fresh air, and took another photo along my bicycle path.

my ride home from school this afternoon

my ride home from school this afternoon

Milan is a beautiful place to live.

Erik Campano (Milan)

Erik Campano (Milan)

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Erik Campano is a consultant to the English medical school of the University of Turin and doing a Master's degree studying artificial intelligence applications in global health at the University of Umeå, Sweden. He completed his Bachelor’s of science in Symbolic Systems at Stanford University, and then he worked for about eight years as a radio news anchor, before moving to biomedical scientific study and research at the University of Paris and Columbia University. His goal is to develop AI technologies for international emergency humanitarian aid organizations like Doctors without Borders, and to combine medicine and journalism. Erik grew up in Connecticut, and is a citizen of the United States and Germany.
Erik Campano (Milan)