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18 Entries Tagged with "Ireland"

  • Leading to St. Paddy’s

    Posted by Andy Steves on March 22, 2011.

    A week ago I was running around like a crazy man making sure everything was in place for the upcoming St. Patrick's day extravaganza. My to do list was 2 pages long, and had things like "confirm bus arrangements," "rent megaphone," "hang flag out front of the hostel," "get picnic supplies for … More »

    Tags: Dublin // Ireland // 2011 // St. Patrick's Day // WSA Tours

  • Back to Ireland

    Posted by Andy Steves on October 16, 2010.

    Oct. 7

    “O Jaysus” I heard half a dozen people mutter as our AerLingus flight descended through the bumpy air into the Dublin airport. It was good to be back in one of my favorite cities of Europe. I quickly remembered how kind the Irish people are once I boarded my first bus where they only … More »

    Tags: Dublin // 2010 // Ireland // Derry // Northern Ireland // IRA

  • Derry, Belfast and the Orange Marches

    Posted by Andy Steves on September 15, 2010.

    I had four days off between my units in London and Milan, and I decided to go back to Dublin. There I met back up with Stephen McPhilemy, and we went up to Belfast for the Orange marches. In Northern Ireland, there’s what’s known as the marching season. It is where all the Protestants get … More »

    Tags: Derry // Belfast // Orange Marches // 2008 // Summer // Ireland

  • Fighting to Keep a Home

    Posted by Andy Steves on September 15, 2010.

    The day after landing in Ireland, I met up with Sean at his country house about an hour outside of Dublin. That was an experience. As he welcomed me inside he said “Be careful, this place isn’t built to common human elevation.” It wasn’t. He had built it on his father’s property ten years ago … More »

    Tags: Dublin // Ireland // Weekend Trip // 2008

  • Flying to Ireland

    Posted by Andy Steves on September 15, 2010.

    On Thursday, I sat fidgeting through my Italian class because I couldn’t get my upcoming trip out of my head. I was returning to the Emerald Isle again this evening. After class, I bolted to catch the bus home and finish packing. My Ryanair flight only allowed 10 kilos for my carry-on so I … More »

    Tags: Dublin // Ireland // Study Abroad // 2008 // Weekend Trip

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Mallory Dirks, Simpson College

Happy Backpackers

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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