A Small World

Ater dinner at Matt’s we ended up heading out to a local bar. It had the same chill vibe as the dive bar me and my friends go to back home north of Seattle. While a dive bar, this place though had high ceilings, and the building was hundreds of years old. I’m endlessly fascinated by the history that Europeans live in and among on a daily basis.


After a bit, a crew of Matt’s other friends came in the bar, and it became a lively little gathering. The guy in the back looked pretty familiar—quite a unique-looking character that bore a striking resemblance to Waldo from Where’s Waldo--you know, tall, skinny and a funky haircut. He turned out to be the guy who sold me the cigar from last night. Here we are across the city, and hanging out with friends, and he was roommates with Matt’s friend. I can’t get over amazing coincidences like that, but in travel, you’ll find they happen more often than you’d expect.


Mallory Dirks, Simpson College

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I chose to do this rather than book my own trip in Rome - I wanted to experience one organized/sight-seeing trip rather than a relaxing vacation like many of my others had been. Two friends and I signed up for WSA Rome and don't regret a thing. We met wonderful people, were led by an awesome tour guide Rhianne, and got to see everything I wanted to see in Rome. Plus eat all the best food. There is an optional dinner on the last night that we didn't do right away, but we ended up going to it, and it was SO worth the 20 euro. I made memories and friends, and got to see a beautiful, historic city thanks to WSA!!

Mallory Dirks, Simpson College ~ University of Roehampton, London, Fall 2015

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