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First Chunnel Ride

Today I went on my first Chunnel ride and I gotta say it was smoooooth! to the point where it was almost too easy. I had an 11:13am departure, so I made my way on Paris' great metro system to the Paris Nord Train Station where I filled out a UK entry card and flew through security. I found my seat in Car 5 as the conductor announced the train was ready to leave and just like that I was on an international, subterranean train ride. I've fallen in to the habit of only looking for flights as my main mode of transportation but between London and Paris, I can't imagine an easier connection. The one way ran me e95--not super cheap, but not unreasonable either. I decided to try it out because even if I found a e40 flight, I'd still pay e20 for both getting to and from the airports and it would be a wash. I now understand how Londoners can take a day trip over to Paris and actually see quite a lot as the train flies you into the central stations of both cities. As we came up out of the tunnel, I looked around and it's amazing to realize this is a new country, and I just passed through a 30 mile long tunnel. Thank you engineers!


This afternoon I'm giving a talk at FSU London after which I'll bolt to the Gatwick airport in order to make my flight to Madrid this evening. It's a whirlwind, but I'm loving the connections I'm making with Americans and locals alike on a daily basis. ciao for now

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Crystal Cascante, University of Florida

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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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