Martedì Grasso a Roma!

Hey! This is Amanda, an intern in the lovely city of Rome stopping in to tell you all about how wonderful the Carnival season has been over here!

Rome has never been my (or anyone's!) first thought when it comes to Carnival celebrations but I was really surprised to see just how lively the city becomes during this season! In the weeks leading up to this past weekend there's been an outpour of new and different types of Italian pastries lining the store windows on my way to school, my favorite being the "castagnole" which are basically doughnut holes but when haven't put your hands on those in ages, they're perfect! If you're lucky enough to be in the city during this period, they are definitely worth the indulgence. The part of Carnival in Rome that took me most off guard though, were the number of children dressed up in, essentially, Halloween costumes running around the main city throughfares and throwing around 50 cent bags of confetti or "coriandoli." From Spidermans to Cinderellas and American cowboys to knights and gladiators, my afternoon walk downtown last week turned in to quite the show. Rome really went all stop this weekend for the celebrations in the city's biggest and best piazzas - there were theater performances, horse shows, lots of music and dance, and of course, plenty of evening masquerade costume parties! Those, however, are just one bit of Rome you'll have to come see for yourself!


Lauren Wallender, Elon University

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I definitely have WSA to thank for my exceptional experience in Amsterdam. One would think 4 days isn't enough to tour a city but WSA facilitated an optimum weekend full of sightseeing and fun. Amsterdam may have a notorious reputation for its lax drug and sex culture but there’s so much more to the city. Luckily, our tour guide, Arthur, native to the Netherlands, steered us away from the tourist traps and showed us around his beloved city, highlighting all of its gems. I'd definitely like to try other WSA trips in the future. It's hassle free traveling with an awesome itinerary - nice that the tour guides are flexible with the schedule and willing to cater the itinerary to the group's interest! Highly recommend WSA to any student with only a weekend to see a city.

Lauren Wallender, Elon University ~ Fall 2014

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