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Bus2alps Spring Stocking Stuffers

We want to celebrate the holiday season with you the best way we know how–with travel treats! For the next 10 days, we’ll be giving away special stocking stuffers to help you make the most of your Spring semester abroad.

Each day, we’ll post a new stocking stuffer on both Facebook and Twitter. Once you’ve Liked our Facebook Page and Followed us on Twitter, you can enter for each prize once each day on each social media outlet. All you have to do is:

  1. Like and Share the post on Facebook
  2. Retweet the post on Twitter

Stay tuned for us to announce the winners. Happy holidays and happy travels!

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15 Must Have Instagrams from Your Study Abroad Semester

Studying abroad has turned you Insta famous. Before your semester abroad, you were lucky if you got 50 likes on the picture of your #PSL in front of the changing leaves #fall. Now you are raking in hundreds of likes as you explore Europe, one Instagram at a time. But you can’t leave Europe without these 15 Must Haves. Because let’s be honest, you did it for the #insta

  1. Florence

Sunset, sunrise, wine cups in the air..many opportunities to capture to most beautiful place in Florence #piazzamichelangelo #bus2florence

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  1. Rome

Live out your Lizzie McGuire dream in front of the Colosseum or Trevi Fountain (when it’s not under construction) #bus2rome

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  1. Venice

Time is running out. Gondolas or the colorful buildings of Burano…this is a must before the city floods for good. #bus2venice

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  1. Capri

Make all your friends jealous with your picture that rivals the Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Ad. #bus2amalfi #bus2amalficoast

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5. Positano

How will you capture the black sand beach and crystal clear water? #bus2amalfi #bus2amalficoast

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  1. Krka Waterfall

TLC told you, “don’t go chasing waterfalls” but you’ll definitely want to chase the “like” potential of Krka’s #bus2croatia

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  1. Oktoberfest

Show off your new dirndls and lederhosen even though you’ll probably never wear them again. How else are you supposed to look the part of a local while chugging steins and eating pretzels as big as your face? #einprosit #bus2oktoberfest

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  1. Santorini

If you didn’t post a sunset picture in Santorini, did you actually go? #bus2greeceislandhopping

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  1. Big Ben

“You sound like you’re from London” and look like it too. #lovely #bus2london #bus2lpa #bus2lpa2 #bus2ukloop

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  1. Eiffel Tower

There are many opportunities for Instagram worthy pictures. Night time, day time, far away, close up…what will you choose? #bus2paris #bus2northernloop #bus2wloop #bus2lpa #bus2lpa2 #b2anloop

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  1. The Louvre

This photo takes skill. Can you get your finger perfectly on top of the pyramid?  #bus2paris #bus2northernloop #bus2wloop #bus2lpa #bus2lpa2 #b2anloop

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12. I Amsterdam Sign

Panos, “terd”, or the first letter of your first name- you can get creative but you can’t leave Amsterdam without an Instagram on the I Amsterdam sign. #bus2amsterdam #bus2northernloop #bus2wloop #bus2lpa #bus2lpa2 #b2anloop

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13. John Lennon Wall

The caption is almost as important as the photo for this one. A John Lennon quote? A quote about peace? Something clever? A pun? #Prahahahaha #bus2prague #bus2northernloop #b2anloop #easternloop

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14. Cliffs of Moher

More important than the perfect pour at the Guinness Storehouse is an instagram of the luscious cliffs that drop into the sea. Just try not to get blown off. #bus2ireland #bus2ukloop

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15. Interlaken

Interlaken is not only the European capital of extreme sports but also the place of the most beautiful instagram photos. Lakes, aerial views, paragliding, skydiving, canyoning, skiing, and more…#picsoritdidnthappen #bus2interlaken

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The 9 Most Adrenaline Inducing Alpine Activities of Interlaken

By Joe Leonardo

  1. Night Sledding
    You will travel high into the Swiss Alps, grab your sled and zip down the one hour long sled run. The trail winds through the woods, crosses alpine meadows and passes majestic frozen waterfalls. This takes sledding to a whole new level!sled
  1. Sky Diving Your journey starts off with an amazing scenic flight over the beautiful scenic view of the incredible Swiss Alps. As you dive out of the plane you will experience an adrenalin rush like never before as you freefall at 120MPH. Then the parachute will be deployed and you can enjoy an amazing canopy ride down to the ground. 3, 2, 1 jump!
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  1. Paragliding
    Turn your dream of flying into a reality. Embrace the amazing mountain views as you glide high above the Jungfrau region. Paragliding flights are exhilarating and relaxing at the same time!
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  1. Bungee Jumping
    The Swiss Alps are home to one of the most breathtaking and dynamic bungee spots in the world. You are lifted 134m up in a mountain gondola, the doors open and you take the plunge- leaping and free-falling towards the mountain lake. This is the rush of a lifetime!
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  1. Seil Park
    This winter forest adventure is a complex obstacle course of wooden bridges, Tarzan swings and zip lines. A perfect day in the woods for adrenaline seekers.
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  1. Alpine Skiing
    Alpine skiing is one of the most classic adrenaline activities. Interlaken is a ski bum’s paradise with its stunning mountain views and intense trails. This is the ideal place to push your limits and discover the intensity of the Jungfrau Region
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  1. Snowboarding
    The area surrounding Interlaken has a ton to offer snowboarders. The Jungfrau Region is filled with park areas filled jumps, rails, slides and a half pipe that will surely get your blood pumping.
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  1. Snow Shoe Trekking
    Snowshoeing might seem like a relaxing activity but this is an extreme winter hike across the alps. This an extraordinary day long excursion that will test your limits as trek through a winter wonderland.
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  2. Heli-skiing
    Fly & Ride. If you’re an avid skier or snowboarder; the idea of being dropped off by helicopter at the top of a mountain to shred down fresh powder is a dream. The flight up to the summit consists of dynamic panoramic views of the Swiss mountain range. You will land on the snow covered mountains in silence and begin to navigate your way down the landscape in deep untouched snow

Safety Mid-term!

By Trevor Bellwood

You are many weeks into your dream semester overseas in Europe. Countless memories have been made. Your journey has been nothing but incredible. A lot of that can be credited to the priceless tips you received from your friends, family, and first-class travelers. Your Dad’s and Mom’s “be smart, be safe” lecture could have done it, or maybe your Greek brother’s and sister’s study abroad guide helped. Nonetheless let us make sure those memories keep on coming. No bad ones, just good ones. Here are 6 tips that I feel are very important for you and every student for these next few months. I want to make sure you all keep living the dream

1. Walking’s overrated, take a taxi.

Nearly all of the cities and towns you visit are unfamiliar areas. And there’s a good chance you don’t have a working iPhone 5/5c/6 to get you around. After a late night at a club, going to or leaving a train station, or just getting back from a walk gone wrong, call a taxi. Bartenders, bouncers, shop owners, and local law enforcement all are capable of either getting you to a taxi or helping you call for one. Here’s a simple question to ask yourself: “How would Mom want me to walk back?” Sounds silly, but it works!

2. Bar crawl, but don’t crawl.

As you probably know, crawls are one of the best ways to get immersed in any city’s nightlife and visit the top bars and clubs. They are offered in nearly all of the great cities in Europe–from the epic Clock Tower Bar Crawl in Prague, Czech Republic to the new crawl in quaint ol’ Interlaken, Switzerland that ends at the dynamic Metro Bar Nightclub. But joining in on them responsibly is key for them to be great experiences. It is pretty easy. Just take whatever you do back home to stay in control, and add a few more precautions. Be careful with the welcome shots and stay with one brand of beer for the night. These ‘welcome shots’(a.k.a. sugary shooters) tend to throw many students off their pace.

European beers, on average, are a bit stronger than the typical American brands. Try to find a good one with a reasonable ABV percentage, and stick to it for the night. If you try to taste every beer on tap and in the fridge it gets tough to keep track of the intake of alcohol–some beers can be the typical 4% U.S. brand or the lethal 10% Dragoon (Florence students, you better know about this sensation!).

3. You don’t have to GoPro everything

The love for GoPros is at an all-time high. Studying abroad and owning a GoPro will soon become an application prerequisite. But owning one does not mean that you need to put blood, sweat, and tears into getting every single GoPro action shot.

Is a GoPro cliff-jumping video worth a trip to the hospital? Injuries from cliff-jumping are far too common: massive bruises and banged up backs happen all the time. Do not let a half-second jump ruin your semester. Take the cooler pictures from land.

4. Stick to the trails when skiing the European Alps.

There is east coast skiing, then there is west coast skiing, and then there is the mighty skiing that can be done in the alps throughout Europe. The thrills that these mountains offer are second to none. These thrills attract countless students to get on the slopes, like in the Jungfrau region of the Swiss Alps or the Dolomites in Italy. And at times there seem to be no limits for what can be done. But oh, there are. Skiing “on piste,” as the French say, is skiing and enjoying the fresh powder within the marked boundaries. Going “off piste”  presents a large risk, and can result in severe or fatal injuries. In addition to these injuries, the high cost of rescue will be added to your bill, as rescue off piste is not guaranteed or covered by most health or accident insurance. If you are looking for some good local backcountry, play it safe and hire a local guide.

5. Buddy system is the best system

Being with a buddy ensures two important things: you will always have a partner in crime to help get out of the bad times and a buddy to celebrate the glory with–such a win-win situation. BFFs, ya know.

6. Love the locals

Studying abroad is not a right, it is most certainly a privilege. You were granted permission to leave the United States and explore the world. Wherever in Europe you ended up, you were greeted, welcomed, and allowed to come into and enjoy. Please remember to respect this environment since that place is someone’s home and you are just the guest. You can show this respect in many ways, from being quiet and respecting strict noise ordinances at night and in the early morning, or refraining from making harsh irrational judgments based on someone’s perceived actions. I know your Dad and Mom taught you to always think before you speak; well, that is as important as the famous golden rule (treat others as you wish to be treated) when crossing the pond to Europe.

 

Have fun, get out there, explore Europe, and be safe.

7 European Cities That Will Totally Surprise You

By Ashleigh Farrar and Marlee Newman

  1. Prague

    1260851_2177585610508_2058552766_nPrague is the perfect balance of romantic and gothic. You can’t help but dream about your childhood fantasy, Disney movie prince… but at the same time, if you had to pick a city to slay a giant dragon in, Prague would be it. Not into princes or dragon slaying? (c’mon…) You can still jam out at a 5 story club, eat delicious Trdelník dessert in the streets or walk across one of the most beautiful bridges in the world, Saint Charles bridge.

    Prague is surprisingly cool because it has it all: Magnificent architecture, unreal night life, great food and rich history. So what if every word in Czech is 8 syllables with no vowels? A visit to Prague is well worth the journey and butchered pronunciation attempts.

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    Greece is to Kim Kardashian as Croatia is to Kendall Jenner. Greece is a little more famous… but Croatia is younger and hotter! Split brings so much to the table, and the best thing about it? Not many are at the table yet! Split isn’t overrun by tourists, and every corner is even more shockingly beautiful than the last. Another surprise? The seafood in Split! Croatia offers some of the best seafood around. You have not experienced calamari until you have it grilled on a giant platter in Split, Croatia. This isn’t your local Red Lobster. Fisherman go out early in the morning off the coast, and whatever they catch for the day is what is served at restaurants that night. Whether you’re walking through a beautiful palace, rafting down the Cetina River, or eating fresh seafood, Split has surprises around every corner.
  3. Interlaken: SwitzerlandIMG_0982

    You’re probably thinking Swiss cheese, everyone walking around with skis, and unbelievable chocolate. Not far off… but Interlaken offers so much more. Imagine diving into one of those little Christmas, gingerbread house villages. Everything is cozy and charming but at the same time, Interlaken is the adventure capital of Europe (curveball?!). You can go skydiving, paragliding, canyoning, or of course, you can casually ski down the Swiss Alps. Between the picturesque mountain views and emerald green lakes, Interlaken is a hidden gem.

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    Brussels and Bruges do not get nearly enough attention. Beer, chocolate, waffles and French fries are delicacies. What more could we want? One of the biggest surprises in Brussels is Grand Place (grand platz), or the main square. It is stunningly beautiful and, at night, the whole square lights up as if the buildings are giant lanterns. Not impressed? Have a beer right around the corner at Delirium Bar with over 2000 different beers! Another great surprise is the fact that Brussels’s main monument is a tiny man pissing and no one knows why he’s famous. Instead of visiting it, you can spend all of your time drinking beer and eating waffles and write home to ma and pa about it guilt free.

    And, waffles. This deserves its own section. Most people visit Brussels and order their fantasy Belgium waffle. Heaps of Nutella dripping over the sides, giant strawberries, walnuts, and bananas piled to the ceiling. BRACE YOURSELF: Brussels waffles are best completely plain. No hooplah needed. You think I’m crazy? I’m a “Nutella on everything” kinda girl but take my word on this one. About 30 minutes outside of Brussels you’ll find Bruges. Picture the most romantic city you’ve ever been to. It has the scenic canals of Venice and the charming beauty of Northern Europe. The best part? You can still grab greasy fries in a cone and a famous Leffe beer.

  5. Amsterdam

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    You probably have some preconceived notions about Amsterdam. Throw them out the window, and get ready for surprises on every street corner. Great shopping, amazing food, and beautiful parks.

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    Ah, the lifestyles of the rich and the famous. You’d probably expect to see celebrities and paparazzi on every corner, limos, and movie premiers in the most talked about city in The French Riviera. Sure, there is the occasional celebrity sighting and plenty of yachts cruising by, but there is also a lot of unexpected artsy-charm in Nice. The charming streets of “Old Nice” are lined with cute stores selling pastries, perfumes, and other knickknacks. At night the city lights up, and the streets fill with like-minded wine connoisseurs. The most unexpected thing about Nice is the people. I’m sure they have their handful of snooty residents, but the majority of the people you encounter in Nice are shockingly “nice.” It’s a breath of nice, French air in comparison to Paris.

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    History. Tons and tons of history. That’s what you’d expect in Berlin, right? Well you’re right. Berlin is filled with it. With all the WWII history centered in Berlin, you’d expect to see informational signs and museums on every corner. Shockingly, you have to dig a little deeper to really understand Berlin’s history. If you think about it, it makes sense. All these terrible, awful things happened in Berlin, do the residents really want to be reminded of that everyday? In no way is the city of Berlin attempting erase their history, they just aren’t screaming it at the top of their lungs. You’ll definitely be surprised when you’re standing in an apartment complex parking lot, learning that just below it was where Hitler’s bunker once stood. Besides the understated history in Berlin, there is also an up-and-coming alternative scene that is catching the eyes of young backpackers more and more each year. Because of the devastation Berlin underwent during WWII, a lot of the city is being rebuilt and is nearly all new. Its nothing like what you’d expect.

11 Reasons Interlaken is Heaven in Both Summer and Winter

11. The Jungfrau Mountain

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Whether you are skiing down its world class trails or simply ogling at it from town, the Jungfrau Mountain is sent from above.

10. Hike till ya drop

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Get your lungs ready for the hike of a lifetime! About two hours uphill but, let me tell you, the view of the lakes, Interlaken, and the mountains is more than worth it. If you aren’t into that whole exercise thing, there is a funicular to cruise you right on up so you can still enjoy the views.

9. Hitting the slopes

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If you are the ultimate ski bunny or board rat, Interlaken in the winter is for you. It is the gateway to the Jungfrau mountain trails which give you hours and hours of intense skiing!

8. The sky is not only for clouds

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Interlaken is the adventure capital of Europe, and looking up all year long will not only show you clear skies but people floating down. Let your adventure animal roar as you paraglide or skydive from the planes and peaks into the center of Interlaken.

7. Cheese, cheese, and more cheese

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If cheese is something you could never live without, get on a plane to Interlaken now! The Swiss cheese there is locally made, and after what seems like just one bite, before you know it, three pounds of this food of the gods has disappeared…

6. Rosti for every meal

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No matter if it is hot or cold out the best way to chow down in Switzerland is with a traditional Swiss Rosti. Who doesn’t love fried potatoes sometimes garnished with a nice egg on top?!

5. Gatorade blue lakes

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Taking a leisurely walk through Interlaken will bring you to two different lakes, one of which is the most breathtaking lake you may ever see, known by Interlaken fanatics as Gatorade Blue Lake Brienz.

4. Swiss chocolate

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I mean…enough said. A country known for its chocolate is someplace I want to be year round.

3. World class relaxation

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Interlaken is the home of The Grand Hotel Victoria Jungfrau. Stay at a world class hotel with world class food–and the best part: the Spa has won 5 stars and will take away any aches and pains after a day of adventuring.

2. Water sports for days

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While you may think Switzerland means snow and skiing, think again. Interlaken is also known for its white water rafting, canyoning, boating, and more. A basic summer night is turned into romance central when you are lounging by the lake watching the sunset.

1. Dream Land

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Walking through Interlaken is like walking through someplace you thought you could only dream of. With the snow capped mountains behind you and the gleaming lake in front of you, Interlaken will quickly become a place you never want to leave, and when you eventually have to, the spot you want to return to over and over again!

 

Pure Bliss: Skydive Swiss Alps Edition

Skydiving was something I had always wanted to do, but not necessarily something I thought would actually happen. Before I left for Italy, a friend told me that her biggest regret of studying abroad was that she didn’t skydive over the Swiss Alps. I immediately began looking into it, researching companies that offered it and thinking about when I would want to do it. I looked into how much it would cost including pictures and videos, and I started watching videos on the Skydive Swiss Alps website. Finally, I booked a trip to Interlaken, Switzerland a month before leaving to study abroad through Bus2Alps, where I would skydive.

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To say that I wasn’t nervous at all would definitely be an understatement. The only thing I felt the entire week leading up to my skydive, including the 10 seconds before I jumped, was adrenaline and pure excitement. The lack of nerves were probably attributable to the combination of extreme adrenaline high and the fact that I’d watched countless videos of people doing exactly what I would be doing, replacing any potential nervousness with excitement.

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I woke up the day of; a van picked me up at my hostel and took me to the runway/landing zone. The group went through a brief training of what to do at each part of the skydive in terms of positioning your body. If you do skydive, you need to get a video, because whoever you jump with has a GoPro and films every step of the way: interviews you right before getting on the plane, films the scenery from the plane, talks to you while you’re ascending, and then right before you jump as well as the whole way down. I love watching the video now because I literally had a smile on my face the entire time, and I was able to choose the songs to go on the video, so it takes me back almost instantly, which may sound corny but this was one of the best days ever. I’ve never felt so great in a way that isn’t comprehendible unless you’ve experience it: pure bliss.

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The whole experience, regardless of how short it may have been, also made me realize how important it is to maintain a grateful and appreciative attitude no matter where you are in life. The rush of emotions and adrenaline I felt the whole day and week before my skydive are so vivid and memorable, as is the beautiful view of the Alps that I experienced. Even after I landed I felt a huge sense of accomplishment. I had done something that I never really thought I’d have the chance to do and it felt incredible, physically and mentally.

I think an important part of life and life abroad especially is pushing boundaries and limits that you’ve maybe set for yourself and that you didn’t necessarily expect yourself to push. Experiencing new things despite certain fears or reservations you may have is so important because most of the time, if you end up trying something that you were a little bit skeptical about, you won’t regret it, you’ll just wonder why you were nervous or skeptical in the first place. I don’t even know now why I ever thought that skydiving was an unachievable, back burner goal.