That’s All, Folks!

            I’m back home now thinking of the last seven months of my life. I realize I’m just sitting here in my chair thinking “whoa.” Looking back, I now see that travel is all about learning. Every day was a new experience in dealing with and befriending people from different cultures and speaking different languages. My friends and I were living in the real world for one of the first times in our life. We were living on our own, getting food at the local market, and budgeting our time and money the most efficient way possible. I’ve been so blessed to have the opportunities to travel to all sorts of places already in my short life. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my adventures. Maybe they’ve taught you something yourself. Maybe they’ve inspired you to see what’s over there on the other side of the Atlantic. Travel puts a face on humanity. We may not understand different cultures. We may think they’re strange. But they deserve respect in their own right, and understanding that makes travel a force for peace. It’s so clear to me that each country is made up of real people, real families, real mothers, brothers, and sisters. If we simply understood that simple, almost trite, truth, I believe that we’d have a government that got along more constructively with the family of nations.

             Now, my attention has turned back to Notre Dame and my fourth year out of five there in my quest for a BFA in Product Design and a BA in Italian. Hope you can catch a football game or two this fall, and be sure to watch for the guys in the kilts marching out in front of the band. I’ll be on the 10 yard line with the rest of them. Go Irish! 


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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