Last Friday I tagged along to a birthday party for a South African industrial designer who has been living in Milan for the past few years. A short cab ride from Navigli to Cascina Cuccagna, the venue was everything you would look for on a Friday night in the city - house prosecco, aperitivo snacks, plentiful outdoor space, and lawn chairs in the grass. The crowd at the restaurant was slightly older, and the birthday party was decidedly international. South African, German, American, Spanish, Swiss, Italian, most hailing from SPD, the Scuola Politecnica di Design. One conversation with an Italian architect focused on the American films from the 1960's, while a relocated Swiss tried to argue against our claims Switzerland was more beautiful than Italy. I really enjoy meeting interesting, ambitious, people who have found something unique to pursue and you can tell are going to be successful, in their own way. New York is chock full of this type of person, but I am mostly surrounded by the business type at school, and have loved meeting more the artsy and creative while here.