In May, my coaches, Mark Mitchell and Peter Johansson, took a small group of the older skaters to train in Milan for a week and to meet the Italian skaters who would be training alongside of us in Boston that summer. We also toured Venice and the Italian Lakes on the weekends – I loved Milan, but my very favorite was Lake Como. It is so beautiful there – be sure to go if you ever get a chance! The Italian skaters were really fun and we had a lot of fun when they came for training. We all learned some Italian and they learned a lot of English. Most importantly, I got a week of fantastic Italian food out of it!