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Six months of #expopeople. The best shots of people at Expo Milano 2015

Lifestyle / Amedeo Novelli

Six months of the Universal Exhibition, millions more visitors than expected, 150 countries and Pavilions designed by the best architects in the world….foods galore, exhibitions galore, events galore. #expopeople has gathered within this unique setting, a smile a day. Here is a hand-picked selection.

Where all my dreams have come true #expopeople

Lifestyle / Redazione Expo 2015 - Amedeo Novelli

"Just walking for a few meters and you can meet the entire world, literally. I’m happy that this fantastic exhibition, after so much criticism, has finally been redeemed. For those like me who’ve been working on it for six years it’s an amazing achievement. It’s been a unique opportunity for everyone, visitors and workers alike, and in addition to the fun there have been many moments for reflection. One of the pavilions that best expressed the true meaning of this exhibition was, in my opinion, that of Korea. I was able to try their food and despite the many ingredients you could easily make out each individual flavor. Expo Milano 2015 has been a place for discussion, meeting, sharing, and exchanging points of view, and they do not always have to be unanimous and positive: a discussion is constructive even when you are not of the same opinion”.

Six months of responsibility and joy #expopeople

Lifestyle / Amedeo Novelli - Redazione Expo 2015

"The best and most exciting day of these six months at Expo Milano 2015 I spent with my parents when they came up from Naples to visit me. Despite the rain, the concert by Elisa was scheduled for that evening. I took them to see the Tree of Life show. I was so happy to share with them the place where, for six months I’ve spent most of my days. Everything here has so many memories attached, even the food: the best thing I've eaten were the skewers in the Argentina pavilion that I tried for the first time with my boyfriend and then later with my friends. Here at Expo Milano 2015 I manage the Facebook page. It was quite a responsibility. Needless to say I had never managed a page that had nearly two million likes. Once I finish here I’ll go back to study, but with the knowledge that I may have found what I want to do with my life. I’ve made many new friends during this time, I just hope to see these friendships grow outside of here”.

I’ve gained another valuable experience #expopeople

Lifestyle / Redazione Expo 2015 - Amedeo Novelli

"I’d been away from Italy for a long time due to my studies. I missed my country, my family, everything I loved was so far away. As soon as I could, I came back here and applied to work in the Social Media Team of Expo Milano 2015. I wanted to learn, to get to know people from all over the world, I needed a change.... In these six months I haven’t had much time to visit the exhibition as a tourist, but one pavilion has stayed firmly in my heart: that of Alitalia-Etihad. My parents are both flight attendants and going into that pavilion made me feel at home. Luggage, uniforms, people going and coming. Now this experience is coming to an end and I’ll return home with the knowledge of having gained another valuable experience which will help me secure a future here, in my country. But if I should need to leave again, the bags are packed. If ever I were to get homesick, there’s always a plane waiting to take me home”.

Everything will soon be gone, I need to etch it firmly in my mind #expopeople

Lifestyle / Redazione Expo 2015 - Amedeo Novelli

"What started as a simple job ended up being an unforgettable part of my life. I’ve been a member of the Social Media Team at Expo Milano 2015 since May 1. It’s been a hectic and exciting six months, knowing that it would all be over in the blink of an eye. All this I’ll miss very much. It's strange to think that in just under a week we won’t be walking around here any more and that everything I see and love will be gone. The thing that lifts my spirits and lets me deal with this time in a tranquil way is knowing that I’ve been a small part of an event that involved the entire world. I can only feel proud of what I’ve achieved. As a tourist I haven’t had the chance to see much, but I was really fascinated by the UK pavilion. A huge and impressive beehive among the poppies, it’s magical, especially at night. The Expo was a unique experience, it should be experienced in person because it offers different sensations and emotions for everyone”.

The best birthday present ever #expopeople

Lifestyle / Amedeo Novelli - Redazione Expo 2015

"It was my birthday and I was sitting in the warm sunshine of the Canary Islands enjoying a well-deserved break with a good friend when the phone rang. I was told that I’d been accepted to come and work in the Social Media Team of Expo Milano 2015! The very same evening I landed in Milan, and the next day the preparations started. In retrospect it was the best birthday of my life. I’ve matured a lot in these months, both personally and professionally. Milan welcomed me with open arms, I have many friends that are like family to me. The person I was most pleased to get to know here was the famous blogger and make-up artist Clio Zammatteo, just as sweet and exuberant in person as in video. Unfortunately, this wonderful adventure is now ending. The other day I booked my train back to Naples, leaving on November 7, so I will at least have some time to get used to the idea of having to go back”.

I’ve finally figured out what I want to be when I "grow up" #expopeople

Lifestyle / Amedeo Novelli - Redazione Expo 2015

"I applied hoping to be accepted. A good friend of mine was working at Expo Milano 2015 and the idea of working together in a place so exciting was fun to think about. In the field of social media I think I've found my thing. It’s a really dynamic and modern world, the new way for us to communicate. Managing an account looks easier than it really is. You need to learn to speak on behalf of someone else and therefore also to think differently than maybe you're used to doing. You need to continuously keep up to date, understand what people might like and what they don't. In short, it’s a big responsibility! The first day at work we were all pretty anxious, not sure what to do. It was a bit like walking in the dark. We were catapulted into a world of events, but we landed on our feet. It’s coming to the end of this period, but I'm not worried or sad. In my own small way I have helped this exhibition. I've also realized what I want to do with my life and I hope to find a similar job in Australia. Actually, my dream is to go back and live there."

Anything can happen #expopeople

Lifestyle / Amedeo Novelli - Redazione Expo 2015

"When I applied to come and work here I didn’t think I had a chance. Then, a few days before the start of Expo Milano 2015, I received a phone call ... I’d been accepted! I was asked to come to Milan the next day, so in a hurry I had to leave my town in Abruzzo, Pratola Peligna, and go quickly to where I was needed. Once there, as you can imagine, I was still dazed and in shock, but thanks to the great support of family and friends already living in Milan, I managed to find accommodation, and most importantly, a sense of calm. Being given a place in the Social Media Team of Expo Milano 2015 is one of the most incredible things that has ever happened to me. I went from living in a small town to the big city in a day. I've decided to continue my studies once this experience is over, it’s opened up a new and dynamic world, and keeping pace is a challenge and a necessity!"

Best friends #expopeople

Lifestyle / Amedeo Novelli - Redazione Expo 2015

"We came with the school but have gone off to enjoy the exhibition calmly by ourselves. Usually we go around in a group, even for meals. One cooks and the others eat, although always together!"

Good intentions begin after this visit! #expopeople

Lifestyle / Redazione Expo 2015 - Amedeo Novelli

"We’ve come from France. We left early this morning to try to enjoy as much as possible of this wonderful day. We were due to come before but had already booked a trip for this summer. We have a passion for Italian food, I think we’ll eat anything and everything. Intentions for after the visit? Dieting, for at least a week!"

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