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To Amsterdam

I got in last Sunday after spending a few days in Florence and Tuscany. I'm continually blown away by the stark cultural differences throughout Europe. It would take about less time to drive from Florence to Amsterdam than St. Louis to Denver. While you may notice difference grocery store chains between those two American cities, you'll notice many more differences between these two European cities. Thigns here in Amsterdam jsut seem to work to a T. People know exactly where to walk so that they avoid trams, buses, cars, and bikes. A normal intersection may seamlessly help up to 5 different forms of transportation meet and move on, all without a single hiccup--unless there's a tourist involved.

Yesterday I checked out the van Gogh museum, today the Rijksmuseum and tomorrow the Old Jewish Quarter. I'm here to research future tours and I think my most difficult task will be to pick what to do in three days in a city where one could easily spend months and continue finding new things. More to come soon!

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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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