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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.

Comments:

Crystal Cascante, University of Florida

Happy Backpackers

I've been in Europe since the beginning of January and have traveled every weekend. This Easter Weekend was by far the best one. The hostel was perfect and super convenient, I made a ton of new friends, and our guides (Andy, Rhianne, and Elena) made sure we saw absolutely everything in the city. The meals included were all absolutely delicious, and Andy even brought snacks every once in a while to hold us over in between meals. We were given our Easter Mass tickets the night before and strategically planned to be in the front for mass. We followed Andy's suggestions and got to sit in the very front for Mass. The wait was worth it and so was every cent of the trip's cost. I barely spent any of my own money, just on transportation to and from the airport, gelato, and food on my last day there. I would 100% recommend this company to all of my friends!

Crystal Cascante, University of Florida ~ AIFS London, Spring 2016

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