First Chunnel Ride

Today I went on my first Chunnel ride and I gotta say it was smoooooth! to the point where it was almost too easy. I had an 11:13am departure, so I made my way on Paris' great metro system to the Paris Nord Train Station where I filled out a UK entry card and flew through security. I found my seat in Car 5 as the conductor announced the train was ready to leave and just like that I was on an international, subterranean train ride. I've fallen in to the habit of only looking for flights as my main mode of transportation but between London and Paris, I can't imagine an easier connection. The one way ran me e95--not super cheap, but not unreasonable either. I decided to try it out because even if I found a e40 flight, I'd still pay e20 for both getting to and from the airports and it would be a wash. I now understand how Londoners can take a day trip over to Paris and actually see quite a lot as the train flies you into the central stations of both cities. As we came up out of the tunnel, I looked around and it's amazing to realize this is a new country, and I just passed through a 30 mile long tunnel. Thank you engineers!

This afternoon I'm giving a talk at FSU London after which I'll bolt to the Gatwick airport in order to make my flight to Madrid this evening. It's a whirlwind, but I'm loving the connections I'm making with Americans and locals alike on a daily basis. ciao for now


Cooper Cohen, University of Notre Dame

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The most fun, exciting, educational, and craziest weekend I had during my semester abroad. You definitely get the maximum bang for your buck with WSA. WSA provided me with an unbelieveable weekend in Budapest. After hearing from my friends about their amazing experiences on WSA trips, I had to see what all the hype was about. I chose to take part in a WSA weekend in Budapest, and I loved every minute of it. The guide, Bogi, was the best! WSA is the perfect blend of an educational/tourist expereince while also allowing for sites off the beaten path as well as kickass nightlife. You won't regret a trip with WSA.

Cooper Cohen, University of Notre Dame ~ University of Notre Dame, London, Spring 2015

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