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

  • To Venice for Carnevale!

    Posted by Andy Steves on September 15, 2010.

                As I don my mask, crossing the Rio Grande on the Rialto, I instantly become a different person. To my right, my friend looks like a cheap Italian imitation of Batman with glowing red eyes. To my left, another friend has sprouted green and blue feathers out of her porcelain … More »

    Tags: Venice // 2008 // Study Abroad

  • Home Sweet Rome

    Posted by Andy Steves on September 15, 2010.

    I can see the Ancient City in the distance as my plane descends into Rome on this Sunday afternoon. I can’t keep track of all the excited thoughts flying through my head at light speed. What am I going to do? How am I going to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience? I know I am … More »

    Tags: Rome // Study Abroad // 2008

  • The Five-Floor Mega Club

    Posted by Andy Steves on September 15, 2010.

    The next night I did it all over again, but this time with a pack of Brazilians in a five-story club. The Chileans had to catch a flight to somewhere else early that morning. When you’re traveling, that’s how it is--you meet awesome people that have the potential to be lifelong friends, but … More »

    Tags: Prague // 2008 // Study Abroad

  • Prague, Fine Beer and a Dirty Mustache

    Posted by Andy Steves on September 15, 2010.

                I came over to Europe a week before school started in Rome. Destination: Prague, the land of cheap beer and absinth and of course, a rich culture. After I picked up my bags at the airport, I headed outside to the bus stop to wait for the 71 express bus. A bus passed by me, and as … More »

    Tags: Prague // Study Abroad // 2008

  • Study Abroad Rome—A Springboard for European Adventure

    Posted by Andy Steves on September 15, 2010.

    I expected this trip to be different from the others: a semester abroad, based in Rome…on my own. I remember being sad saying goodbye to my mom at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on January 7th, 2008, and seeing her cry, but other than that, my mind was a blank canvas. I had purposely … More »

    Tags: Rome // 2008 // Study Abroad

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Cooper Cohen, University of Notre Dame

Happy Backpackers

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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