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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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Kyle Cook, Lebanon Valley College

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I went to Rome with a few of my friends. Before we got there, our tour guide, Rhianne, sent us plenty of information regarding how to arrive at the hostel, and what our Itinerary would be like. She also made it a point to meet up with people the night before if their flight got in early so students would have something to do. Having a tour guide that lived in the city was amazing. It made me not have to stress about getting lost, and provided many opportunities to eat at the best restaurants, and, most importantly, the best Gelato places. By the end of the tour, I was good friends with each of the 14 members of the tour group, including our tour guide. I definitely recommend taking a tour through WSA because the guides make you feel like they actually care about each person on the trip. I knew that I could just relax, and enjoy my trip.

Kyle Cook, Lebanon Valley College ~ Kingston University, London, Fall 2015

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