Celebrating a good start

Last Spring I competed in and won Notre Dame’s business plan competition. In a short congratulatory talk made by one of the judges to all the finalists he made a point that I’ll always try to remember: Be sure to celebrate even the small things, as he handled a fat cigar with bejeweled fingers.

Well, this afternoon as I was giving my travel skills workshop at NYU London, I sold out of my first weekend adventure: the Gimmelwald ski trip. So, on the way home I decided to step into old world luxury—a cigar lounge on Wardour Street in the West End. There’s not much else out there I enjoy more than chilling in a lounge, puffing a Cuban in leather, overstuffed chairs. So, that’s what I did. Since the ban on tobacco, nearly all cigar lounges have been put out of business, and this one was only grandfathered in because of some tiny loophole in the law. Well, I’ll always appreciate the loopholes.


Alison Wendler, Universsity of Washington

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I had an absolutely amazing time on my WSA trip to Krakow, Poland. I felt like a got a lot out of my money and it was so nice not to have to worry about anything because WSA takes care of it all. Our guide was absolutely fantastic and was there with us for everything we needed-it was great to have someone around with you who knew the city so well. This is definitely a trip I will never forget. I already want to start planning my next WSA trip. What amazing destination to pick next is the hard part!

Alison Wendler, Universsity of Washington ~ National University of Ireland, Galway, Spring 2016

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