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The beauty of studying abroad in Europe is that many countries are small, have many borders and use the same currency. As a result, traveling throughout Europe is pleasantly easy; however, not all methods of travel are created (and cost) equal. This list will provide you with several different mechanisms of travel to help you reach your globetrotting goals.
European Thomas the Tank Engine:
Trains are one of the easiest and safest ways to travel throughout Europe. You can purchase tickets to and from almost anywhere on the continent (plus the UK!) from Rail Europe. Prices vary depending on distance, class of seat, etc., but the great news is that students ages 25 and under are considered “youth,” and get discounted tickets.
Going rate for one-way journey from Rome to Florence: ~25 USD
Train for the Centralist:
If you want to see some of the greatest historical cities in Central Europe, kill three birds with one stone and purchase the Central Europe Triangle Pass. This train ticket can take you through three great cities and offers two different itineraries: Vienna, Prague, Budapest or Vienna, Prague, Salzburg. The ticket lasts for a month, so you can extend your travel for more than just a couple of days.
Going rate for one-way journey: ~140 USD
If you prefer airplane peanuts:
Europe has tons of airlines that are sometimes cheaper than trains. Kayak and Skyscanner will both help you to find the cheapest flights available. They will allow you to compare and choose among airlines.
Going rate for a round-trip flight from London to Paris: ~260 USD via Brussels Airlines
If you’re just going somewhere close by:
Alas! Uber exists in many European countries. While taxis may be more prevalent and common in Europe than in most US cities, you can use Uber in many parts of Europe if you’re looking for the same type of convenience you enjoy in the US. There are many different Uber variations depending on location.
Base fare for an Uberx in Vienna, Austria: ~1.11 USD
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PARENTS WEEKEND, 1:00 PM FOOTBALL GAME
From the perspective of current Northwestern student, Brooke Y '17
Northwestern may not have the best football team in the Big Ten but its membership within the league is a big part of the campus culture. To fully immerse yourself in the NU experience, parents should join the festivities and celebrate the game as if they are students.
Proper Attire: One of the best parts of game day is getting decked out in purple. If your wardrobe does not contain the appropriate gear, then head to the bookstore on Sherman street. If you are really adventurous (and want to blend in) get the purple and white striped overalls.
Tailgate: There are endless options for tailgating. Follow your kids to their favorite locations. The best tailgates have students' BBQs - leave room for some delicious grilled fare. Tip: You will be on your feet all day so wear comfy shoes.
Game On: Head over to Ryan Field at least a half hour before game time. Students get in for free but be sure to book tickets in advance so you can sit with your kids and cheer like a WILDCAT! If you don’t know the Northwestern version to “Hey Baby” - brush up on it beforehand. It’s one of the many game day traditions you will want to partake in.
Dinner: I know you're exhausted but don't sleep yet! Evanston has great dinner options! Union Pizza is a student favorite. Its thin crust pizza is a draw (very different than the classic Illinois deep dish pizza.) Boltwood is fairly new to the Evanston lineup. It has a changing menu reflecting the seasonal produce. If you are looking for something super casual, try Edzo's. Their burgers are legendary.
Sweet Dreams: Your kids will probably want to go out. Don’t feel bad if you cannot keep up. You're not a college student (even though you pretended to be today.)
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