Tuscany: Good to be Back

Writing to you from the side walk at a great little cafe in the heart of Florence. It's been 5 or 6 years since I've last visited the place, but I can say it is great to be back. Last night I had dinner with my friend and intern, John M. and I can say I had forgotten just how good Tuscan bruschetta is. This is a city that has a thriving student body and atmosphere. We spent the night out on the town, and it was a great time.

Just on Sunday, I wrapped up the 2nd ever WSA tour season with record numbers. Beyond just being a growing business, WSA is providing an unparalleled service--to such a degree that sutdents can't believe that value that is built into their weekend packages. From Dublin to Rome and Barcelona to Prague, students continue leaving feedback like "the trip changed my life" or "this was the best 3 days I've ever had". It's comforting to know that I'm positively influencing students' European experience while pursuing my passion of international travel and education.

My tour in Rome consisted of 40 students excited to explore the Ancient City. My tour members skipped the line into the Colosseum as well as the Vatican Museums. This translates to over 5 hours of saved time in the course of 2 days. An entire afternoon was then able to be spent on more exciting things than standing outside a wall. On Sunday, I was excited to provide Easter Mass tickets to everyone to spend the beautiful morning in the company of the Pope and 150,000 other fellow pilgrims. A unique experience to say the least.


Mallory Dirks, Simpson College

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I chose to do this rather than book my own trip in Rome - I wanted to experience one organized/sight-seeing trip rather than a relaxing vacation like many of my others had been. Two friends and I signed up for WSA Rome and don't regret a thing. We met wonderful people, were led by an awesome tour guide Rhianne, and got to see everything I wanted to see in Rome. Plus eat all the best food. There is an optional dinner on the last night that we didn't do right away, but we ended up going to it, and it was SO worth the 20 euro. I made memories and friends, and got to see a beautiful, historic city thanks to WSA!!

Mallory Dirks, Simpson College ~ University of Roehampton, London, Fall 2015

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