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The Flatmate Life: Building a Home Away From Home in Milan

For the past 11 years, I’ve called different cities and countries home – a true nomad! As a 29-year-old Indian guy, this constant change has meant adapting to new customs, languages, and ways of life. But through it all, there’s one thing I’ve found invaluable: sharing an apartment.

Living with roommates has been a fantastic way to immerse myself in new cultures. From language exchanges to cultural insights, my flatmates have become my guides and teachers. Their energy and experiences have also been a great source of motivation, especially when it comes to career decisions.

For the past three years, Milan, Italy, has been my home base. Here, my apartment – affectionately nicknamed “La Taverna Aquaviva” – has become a vibrant hub of interesting people. We’ve shared countless conversations, laughter, and maybe even a few tears. These experiences have helped me grow not just personally, but also professionally. The skills I’ve gained living with others have allowed me to contribute more meaningfully to society.

Sharing an apartment isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, but the benefits far outweigh the challenges. In fact, I’m so passionate about the experience that I’m dedicating another blog to explore the behind-the-scenes of co-living.

While my current Milan adventure is a story of growth and connection, my earlier flatmate experiences hold their own unique lessons. But those, my friends, are a bit too wild for this blog!

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Shared Housing Case Study of “La Taverna Aquaviva” in Milan

Life at The Pirate Ship: Shared Inspiration and Unexpected Crewmates

Ahoy, mateys! Welcome back to the Pirates of the Mediterranean, our shared haven here in Milan. Today, we’re setting sail on a different kind of adventure – exploring how this co-living space sparks creativity and inspires its inhabitants.

Imagine a scene straight out of a classic film: a seasoned sailor (our resident Bocconi veteran from the East) sits at his mighty oak desk, overlooking a bustling crew. New deckhands from Salento and Sicily burst with energy, reveling in the grand study. This ain’t your typical ship – music spills from a vintage piano, comfy couches offer respite, and two large tables hint at legendary “Italian Great Gatsby” parties (courtesy of Pietro the Pugliese, of course!).

Fast forward to today – our international crew has expanded! A Croatian architecture student and his polyglot buddies from Politecnico are frequent visitors. This spacious study transforms from a party paradise to a brainstorm central, fueled by late-night chats and idea exchanges.

One of our crewmates, Michele from Catania, has found particular inspiration here. He’s become a blogger himself, constantly questioning and exploring his world. But where did this spark ignite?

The truth is that inspiration often sails in on the winds of change. Some of Michele’s “radical” ideas might have their roots in a previous tenant’s journey. Here at The Pirate Ship, everyone leaves a legacy, a piece of themselves that inspires others to set sail on their own creative voyages.

The Captain’s Log: Lessons Learned from a Co-Living Apartment Odyssey

Welcome aboard, shipmates! Captain Milan Ka Raja here, your guide through the uncharted waters of shared apartments in Milan. As the elder statesman of The Pirate Ship (formerly known as The Taverns!), I’ve seen many faces come and go over the years. But through it all, one thing remains constant: the incredible learning experience that co-living offers.

Think of our flat as a treasure map – a living document shaped by the experiences of each tenant. The recession in Italy was a turning point, bringing together a wave of ambitious individuals like myself, all seeking our own pot of gold.

Over time, I’ve witnessed countless transformations. Many who arrive here leave with a richer life, their sails filled with the knowledge and connections they’ve gained. Personally, my journey has included mastering Italian, landing incredible jobs, and forging lifelong friendships I wouldn’t have otherwise.

Shared living offers the perfect blend of comfort and challenge – a microcosm of the real world. Young graduates, take note! You learn from your flatmates, their experiences shaping your own. And who knows, maybe you’ll even inspire them with your “harebrained schemes” – like, say, starting a blog on a Saturday night!

Speaking of blogs, this little project of mine has come a long way. On March 18th, 2017, it was just a fledgling idea. But fast forward to today, it’s covered the cost of its domain! Next stop: hosting fees. And who knows, maybe someday the pizza bill will be paid off too! The beauty is, just like our shared experiences, the earnings seem to be growing exponentially. As they say in Italian, “Vediamo!” (Let’s see!)


Sharing an apartment isn’t just about finding a roof over your head – it’s about opening yourself up to a world of new experiences, cultures, and ideas. It’s a chance to learn from others, grow as an individual, and forge connections that might last a lifetime. So, if you’re looking to add some adventure to your living situation, consider setting sail on the co-living seas – you might just discover your own treasure island! Take it slow and explore a shared Airbnb stay in a foreign country.

Hi, I’m Vineeth Naik

Liberal part time Blogger and full time Researcher with a broad range of experience, professionally and personally in Austria, Italy, UAE & India. Loves Finance, Business & Technology. Cares about society.

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  1. The “auberge espagnole” in Italy but not for studies reason only now but much more for socializing effect and solidarity to the new comer entering the big and fancy Milan to size its dreams.

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