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Enjoy all sorts of our travel tips, ideas, suggestions and travel hacks we've picked up over the years.

  • 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 … More »

    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 … More »

    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.

    Claudio, the owner of Ristorante il Gabriello near the Spanish Steps, welcomed us down into his subterranean … More »

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

  • Parents: A Welcome Sight

    Posted by Andy Steves on September 15, 2010.

                About a month into my study-abroad experience, my family came to visit me. For a college student, seeing your parents has many benefits: one, it's great to be back with family again, but also it means a break from budget eating. I was about to have some of the finest dining … More »

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

  • Sledging with Olle

    Posted by Andy Steves on September 15, 2010.

    That night we had a pasta dish with chicken. I’m not sure if it was the altitude…but it was really delicious. We hurried to finish our dinner to meet up with Olle for a “nice evening hike” at about 8pm. There were about 12 of us, all with sleds eager to find out what this hike might be.

     … More »

    Tags: Gimmelwald // Ski Trip // 2008 // Study Abroad // Swiss Alps

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Reagan Brown, Southeast Missouri State University

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I absolutely loved my WSA experience. I traveled to Rome over Easter Weekend and was able to do so many incredible things while I was there. We stayed at the Yellow Hostel which is kind of far from a lot of things but it was so much better than I was expecting it to be. I would definitely...

Reagan Brown, Southeast Missouri State University ~ Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spring 2016

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