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.
I had a blast visiting Prague for the first time with WSA. To start, the hostel that WSA booked for the tour was incredible. The entire staff was very helpful, the rooms were nice, and there was a really cool bar downstairs with live music every night. Our tour guide was top notch as well. He was really fun and flexible with whatever our group wanted to do while making sure we saw all of the major sights, good places to eat, as well as the night life! I thought this trip was much easier to book through WSA rather than figure it all out myself and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get the most out of their trip!Alex Dornacker, Central College ~ Center of Modern Languages, Granada,, Fall 2015
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