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  • Club Hollywood

    Posted by Andy Steves on September 15, 2010.

     On the train back into downtown, I gave my friends a call and told them to meet me back at the Duomo 30 minutes later. I showed up five minutes early and caught a showing of the azzurro Lambo Polizia car. A few years ago Lamborghini gave the Italian police force a pair of Gallardos. They’ve since been painted the Polizia light blue and decked it out with lights. It’s quite a crime deterrent and draws a crowd. After about 10 minutes, the Carabinieri ducked back inside and the machine growled to life like an angry bear out of hibernation, except sexier. 

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    Tags: Milan // 2008 // Weekend Trip // Study Abroad

  • Milano, the Capital of Design

    Posted by Andy Steves on September 15, 2010.

     At 8 o’clock this Friday morning my friends and I got on a train to Milan. I had a full schedule that day. Beyond visiting the tourist sites, I wanted to take care of a few other things. First I’ve been seeking a design internship in Milan and wanted to meet with one opportunity. I also wanted to check out a school I was looking at for this summer. And third, visit the Politecnico di Milano and see about their master’s program in design. 

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    Tags: Milan // Weekend Trip // 2008 // Study Abroad // Soccer

  • Riding in Italy

    Posted by Andy Steves on September 15, 2010.

     Back at Notre Dame, I race on the cycling team. Initially, I considered studying abroad during the fall semester in order to not miss the racing season, but then I would have missed the football games. This year I also made the Irish Guard, which marches during the half-time shows of the Fighting Irish football team. In the end, I figured I could always ride after I’m out of college, but that’s not the case with the Guard. So while I’m here in Rome, my cycling teammates are back representing the Irish in the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference and their season is in full swing. 

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    Tags: Cycling // Rome // 2005 // Study Abroad // Hobbies

  • Monuments to Speed: Ferrari and Ducati

    Posted by Andy Steves on September 15, 2010.

     This morning my alarm went off at 5:45. My first reaction, a mix of anger and confusion for such an early awakening, immediately faded when I remembered why I was getting up so early. Today I was catching a 6:35 train for Bologna to visit the Ferrari museum, and the factory and museum of Ducati. 

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    Tags: Ducati // Ferrari // Day Trip // Study Abroad // Rome // 2008

  • The Best Dinner of My Life… and a Bad Pork Sandwich

    Posted by Andy Steves on September 15, 2010.

     On Friday I had the best meal of my life. I staggered out of the restaurant holding two things in my hands: my belly, and a button that popped off my new suit jacket. 

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    Tags: Rome // Rick Steves // Family // 2008 // Study Abroad

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Michaela Meyer, Pepperdine University

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I studied abroad in London for the 2015-16 academic school year. We had long weekends for travel and my friends and I planned out dozens of trips on our own, which can be exhausting. For our last travel weekend in Europe we decided to give WSA a try. It was perfect! Everything was planned...

Michaela Meyer, Pepperdine University ~ Pepperdine IP, London, Spring 2016

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