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Sep 22nd, 2010, 12:01 PM
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I traveled with Club Europa in 1990 and had a blast. I also added the Russian extension. Was hoping to see some pictures or read some stories on line, but no luck. Can't seem to find any recent info on Club Europa; to bad every student should give it a go.
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Sep 22nd, 2010, 12:20 PM
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AESU and ISE - two Austrians who broke apart and then competed fiercely against each other - both falsely portraying themslves as bona fide student groups. Not to say they did not do great tours but rather slimebags in the misleading publicity!

And i got this from another Austrian who was doing bona fide university-affiliated trips at about half the cost of ISE and AESU - in Baltimore.

ISE in Urbana even had a fake sign out front that matched all the other signs on the Urbana-Champaign IU campus. Frauds!
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Dec 11th, 2010, 02:51 PM
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Bizarre to say the least. Other than the OP, every single person who has posted to this thread (except for our PQ - twice w/ 2 different screen names - and kingkevin) seventeen in all, registered just to top it and was never heard from again . . .

You'd sorta think if they were all so anxious to find their old tour mates they would have come back to follow up . . .
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Apr 16th, 2011, 09:37 AM
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I did a whirlwhind tour with AESU in 1981 or 1982, not sure which year. We had an Austrian tour guide whose name I don't recall, and a wild and crazy Italian bus driver named Mario, with a full head of white hair: nice guy but drove like a MANIAC (was car sick half the time)and played the same annoying pop record over and over and over full blast for the entire trip. He took the entire tour group to his house in Naples for lunch. The bus broke down constantly and we lost several days sitting by the side of the road, and some of the other tour members were real jerks, like these two fat bullies from Canada who were constantly late getting back to the bus while everyone waited up to 30 minutes for them (they should have left them the first time but the tour guide was a whimp), and were always trying to illegally smoke cigarettes on the bus. When you would tell them to put it out, they would blow the smoke in your face. We were stuck some really nasty immature kids with for a looooong time, and the whimpy tour guide would not intervene, even when they did things like stick their legs in the aisle to trip you up. They were into shopping, playing cards and getting drunk in discos and would completely ignore the tour guide when he was pointing out all the interesting sights. Very few were into culture architecture or history, as my friend and I were. We were older than most, except for a nice Asian couple. They had their watch stolen out of their room and were convinced it was one of the other kids on the bus. I had all my travelers checks stolen out of my room in Paris, and the tour guide did nothing to assist us in getting to an American Express office; I was forced to borrow money for the rest of the trip. The tours and itinerary were great, but the awful bus ride, the breakdowns and being forced to deal with these obnoxious younger "adults" made it a real drag. I prefer to travel on my own with one other person, you meet so many locals who take you around to the best places and have much better experiences.
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Apr 16th, 2011, 09:46 AM
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It was indeed 1982 on that trip, because Italy won the FIFA world cup while we were there. It was one of the highlights of the trip. When everyone was watching the game, it was like a ghost town, in total silence, except for the sound of the game on everyone's tv. Then when they won, thousands of people ran out of their doorways and into the streets, screaming and cheering and waving Italian flags. They also jumped into the fountains and drove around in their cars waving the flags. It was quite a sight, lots of photos of this.
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May 30th, 2011, 05:42 PM
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Dear Linda,
I just had the same experience. My Mom is getting rid of the last vestiges of me in her home so I returned to my home last night with a box of wonderful memories that I didn't realize I had (the material manifestations). My sister and I spent the summer of 1985 in Europe with ISE. We traveled around Europe on a bus with about 50 others. It was an incredible experience and we made wonderful friends. It sounds like you brother was traveling with us. Someone else on the blog asked for an itinerary and I wish I had one as well. There were so many fantastic spots I would like to return to. If you brother was in fact on the tour in 1985, please give him my best regards.
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Aug 31st, 2011, 05:57 AM
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Mel from Florida. I traveled with ISE in 1980.Looking for folks who went that year. Wonderful experience. Is ISE still in operation?
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Aug 31st, 2011, 08:38 AM
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AESU was ISE's big rival - each would poster campuses incessantly - Uncle Rollie's ISE was first and then AESU was a clone shoot off - both owners were from Austria but have not heard of either in years - both tried to portray themselves as non-profit university-affiliated groups but were simply private huge profit-making entities. I knew a guy who had an authentic university-based group and he knew both of those other Austrians well and loathed each for their fraudulent advertising trying to pose as university groups - ISE HQs in Urbana even had an exact copy of an official U-I sign out front - same colors and letter to help perpetrate the fraud.
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Mar 18th, 2012, 09:34 PM
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Hi IsabellaO. Although I was not in your group (mine was S-23, also in 1982), we had the very same experience in Italy. We were in Brindisi, preparing to load the ferry to Greece when Italy won the game. It was wild! I even have a photo which I will try to post if I can figure out how to do that. Our group was headed by Wolfgang from Austria. The bus driver was Tonassis (not sure about the spelling). He quit halfway through the trip, when we got to Greece, and his son Manos took over. Manos was a wild driver, but a cool guy. We met Uncle Roland in Emmetten, Switzerland.

Going on that trip was one of the very best experiences of my life! I was just reminiscing about it today and found this page.
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Mar 18th, 2012, 09:51 PM
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MikePz: "Hi IsabellaO."

Welcome to Fodors. Unfortunately Isabella likely won't see your greeting. She registered a year ago to post on this thread about her wonderful ISE experience . . . and never returned to Fodors.
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Mar 18th, 2012, 11:16 PM
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Thanks janisj. I noticed Isabella's post was pretty old. But I thought I'd give it a shot anyway. And who knows, someone else from my group may stumble upon my post!
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Apr 5th, 2012, 12:22 AM
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I would be remembered by my travel mates as a tall, slim, white guy with blue eyes and curly blond hair. I took the Europe tour with I.S.E. in June 1982. I was 22 yrs old. I am from California and my plane flew from San Francisco to N.Y.C. then to London Heathrow and then onto Amsterdam. A bunch of us toured Windsor Castle before catching the plane to Amsterdam. I had a great time practically seeing a new country each day. I remember that I and 2 other guys in the group actually passed through Check-point Charlie in Berlin and had dinner at Sophies Restaurant in East Berlin. We were asked to stop taking photos by the restaurant staff. I also remember another student from Greece with the first name of Stephen. Stephen and I became friends and hanged out together eating Greek food in London and some fish and chips (I think) Stephen, thanks for being a friend. You wrote and sent to me one letter after our trip and I failed to write back. In this big world of social media, it would be nice to hear from you again after 30 yrs. Great memories as I recently ran across my old photos. Doug
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Apr 13th, 2012, 11:45 AM
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Thanks to thos who tracked down ISE. I tried several years ago and was not successful. I have so many fond memories of the summer of 1981. It was a 17 country tour in 2 months and that was my first trip to Europe. I don't remember the bus driver's name, our guide was a German college student named 'Butz' and we met Uncle Roland along the way. I helped shop for food one day and Butz said to buy lots of baguettes becuase Uncle Roland said it fills up the kids for little money. Does anyone remember the baby bottle dinner in Paris? We had to drink wine from baby bottles because we were a bunch of kids. Fun times.
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May 12th, 2012, 10:03 PM
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Jeff Steybe - I was 1982 M29. 55 days, 20 countries, and I'm still talking about it. If you were 1982 M29 lets connect! I was from Cal State U Long Beach. Met my future wife Karen Page(RIP)on the tour, who also did the oriental tour. Tour guide Peter and bus driver Louie (?) from Germany. Sooo many memories! Yep, Baby bottle wine in Paris, waltzing in Austrian Castle, slides down a salt mine, Capri boats, trains, ferrys, Greek Island Hydra for 3 days, and getting the police called on us in Madrid for making too much noise partying in our room in Madrid. Time to dig out the photos and reminisce and look for that Facebook Group!
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May 22nd, 2012, 11:00 PM
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I remember deciding NOT to see the Louvre because we only had a couple hours. My thinking was that I would return one day when I could spend the whole day there. I made several mental notes about what I would see in Europe the next time I got to tour. While I have been to a couple spots in Europe since the summer of '81, I have yet to go to the Louvre. It's on my list! Northern Italy is another place to go. ISE was a wonderful way to get a flavor for Europe, and so inexpensive, too. How lucky I was to have that opportunity.
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May 23rd, 2012, 01:26 PM
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Hello! For five weeks during the summer of 1984 my group led by Klaus from Austria(handsome blond)traveled from England through Europe ending at Club Med in Greece! I have such fond memories(and many photos) of that trip! After reading the posts our bus driver may have been Kostas...he smoked a lot. I would love to connect with anyone from that trip especially our two Canadian roomies.
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May 29th, 2012, 10:49 AM
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I traveled to Europe the summer of 1974 and made memories to last a lifetime! I would love to reconnect with my friends from that summer! It was a Europa House tour that visited 13 countries! My fondest memories are of Hans, our tour guide and Siggy, the bus driver. We called ourselves the J13s after the number of our bus! We had such a fantastic time (what happened in Europe stays in Europe!) I would love to hear from anyone who might have been on that trip!
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Jun 7th, 2012, 06:06 AM
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I traveled to Europe in June of 1981 with ISE. We returned to the States just one day or less before the Royal Wedding. I had a wonderful experience with our guide Fabian Tibor and our bus driver Joschi.

My fellow travelers were from many different countries and parts of the US. Our party was comprised of people from Hong Kong, Thailand, Puerto Rico, Canada, and mostly the northeastern and midwestern parts of the US. There were two of us from the South - Jimmy Giles from MS and myself.

I have often wondered where my fellow travelers are now!

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Jun 7th, 2012, 02:22 PM
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Golfer 610, I can identify with your story about not going to the Louvre. I did the same thing, except with Eiffel Tower, while on a student trip in 1961 (eek!), and after many trips to Paris since then, finally went up the ET with my grandchildren last year. Who'd have known back then (although your "back then" was not nearly as long ago as mine) how long it would take make up for these missed opportunities!
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Jun 20th, 2012, 01:12 PM
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OMG I posted this 7 years ago--I should have proofed the title "....travel with to Europe with ISE...???? I haven't seen any of the postings since then. Will have to check out facebook.

dmwhite: My brother loved the trip but he saw a lot more of the pubs and bars than I did. He skipped a lot of the tours with his group and did a lot of partying. He ended up living in Germany for several years a few years later.
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