Tuscany: Good to be Back
Posted by Andy Steves in on April 27, 2011.
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.
This past weekend a group of my friends and I decided to go to Budapest, but wanted to go with a group because we were unsure of what we wanted to do and how to plan our trip. Booking the trip through WSA was the best idea we ever had. It was basically all planned out for us (excluding flights). It was great because there were plenty of things planned for us that were included in the package, but there was also a bit of free time for us to explore the city and do the things we were most interested in. I really enjoyed the caving and thermal baths we visited during our trip! Also the hostel that was booked for us through WSA was great and our tour guide, Bogi, was amazing! I would definitely recommend this trip to everyone and am happy to say that I will be booking more trips with WSA in the future!Danielle Maclain, Concordia University - Irvine ~ AIFS Richmond, Spring 2015
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