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Some thoughts from our students....

all seasons in one day

We thought it would be nice for the students to give us some of their thougts about the trip so far. For many this is their first trip without parents, outside of North America, etc. Here is what they have to say:

  • Europe has been the best experience of my life! I am so glad I took this opportunity in life, and am enjoying it with friends who have become like family to me. The landscape, people, buildings, food and language are all so foreign, I absolutely love it. Contiki has been quite the adventure so far and I am so happy we have the two best people hosting this tour! Thank you, Beck & Mickey! You guys are so passionate about what you do and that's what makes it that much better :) - Jodie Buyck
  • An amazing time here in Europe. Sad we only have a few days left but the memories will last forever. It's weird being here with friends instead my family. With the help of my teachers and our incredible tour manager Bec and our coach driver Miki, this trip will always be in my mind when my classmates and I go out into this industry by ourselves in less than a years time. Thank you to all who made this trip possible, exciting, and memorable. I'll always cherish what we have together. ~Adam Berger
  • Europe has been so memorable. An experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. The people I've met, the food I've tried, the places I've visited have been so amazing. I've made some great friends who I hope in the future I'll be able to travel with and make even more memories. I'd like to thank our wonderful and lovely tour manager, Bec who has taught us so much about Europe but was always able to make us laugh and hang out with us. Miki our hilarious coach driver, who needs to come to Canada so we can fill his life long dream, meeting Justin Bieber. I think he deserves it. Also, I'd like to thank everyone who made this trip possible at SAIT. We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them. This trip has given me even more of a travel bug and there's a few places I know I'll be visiting again. This trip has given me a new found love for Eurovision. It's been an absolute unforgettable experience. It's truly a dream come true and again thank you to everyone who made this experience possible. - Vicky Chitryn
  • I had an amazing time here that I will never forget. Its been awesome travelling around seeing new places, eating new foods, and just everything about this trip has been fun. The bike ride in Munich was so much and I wish we could have stayed longer there. There have been so many good memories on this trip ! I will miss you and Mickey and I'm thankful for everything you've done for us. Thank you for everything! -Cindy
  • Europe, Europe, Europe, what can I say. I love Europe and I can not wait to come back, there is so much to see and do and each place we have visited has its own little characteristics that makes them unique. I 've made some new friends and have great memories, photos and videos with them that are irreplaceable. I can't wait for our next adventure all together! -Kayla
  • This trip is honestly mind blowing for me. I would have never thought of myself travelling to Europe. I feel very grateful to have gone on this trip to meet many amazing people, see many different things that I wouldn't see in Canada, as well as learn many types of cultures here in Europe. After experiencing this trip I feel like I've fallen in love with Europe and I would like to come back someday again. I thank you for all the amazing activities and all the services that were set up from Contiki. I hope we get to do this again! I will miss Europe and all of you!! Till next time! -Johnel
  • A truly eye opening experience, so much information so much to explore. There was so many places that were new to me and others that I got to know a lot more in depth, where fairy-tale places and sophisticated society meet. Where history was made. But all this trip would not have been the same without the everyone who came and made this possible, especially Contiki and the teachers. I really love the ups and downs of this trip, learned so much and gain a new vision of the world. And although I don't like playing favourites I really wish I could stay in Munchen, dankeschon. -Ivan
  • This trip has been an amazing experience and something I will cherish for the rest of my life. I am very greatful to be traveling with an amazing group of individuals. I can't thank Contiki enough for the amazing staff members they have assigned to our trip, Mickey and Beck have been amazing at making this trip a memorable time. They are both fun individuals full of knowledge. I also want to thank the teachers for giving us this opportunity. I have been able to learn so much about Europe and I can't wait to return as soon as possible. I can't pick a favorite spot, every stop has had its own unique features that make each place amazing. I have gained a new vision of this world and all the beauty it holds. Thank for everything!!!!!! :) -Alec
  • This experience will be one I will take with me forever. At first I was nervous of the unknown we were about to set into but with the incredible guidance of our instructors and the Contiki crew Momma Europa embraced us all with a big hug. I haven't had so many "best day ever!!" days in a row. Everyday is a new adventure with a bunch of firsts to be checked of the bucket list. I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity to learn in grow in a way many will never be able to. Thank you to everyone in my life who brought me to this point!! Best trip ever! -Lauren (Lo) Scappaticci
  • I've enjoyed this trip so much I was so excited to come back to revisit Germany and Switzerland but to see new places as well. We jammed so much into such a small amount of time and I love it! It made it not go by fast at all. Beck and Miki you're the best and you both made it such a kick ass time. This trip has further strengthened my love to travel and I now have new experiences and knowledge and have lots of places I want to return to. (And I just might move to Munich) Thanks y'all! Lauren Spindler.
  • As I look back on the Europe trip, I remember how I have grown as a person. This trip has showed me things I couldn't imagine. Sometimes it is easy to forget just how big the world is. We saw everything from cities packed with people to unbelievable views of nature in small towns. I feel like so much of the world was crammed into only twelve days, each of which was better than the last. I know this won't be the last I see of Europe. We have only just scratched the surface! -Braydon Souter
  • Not long ago we met at the airport, nervous and excited. I didn't know anyone on the trip and I definitely didn't know what to expect from Europe. This trip has exceeded anything I could have hoped for. Even our time on the coach has been unforgettable. I already can't wait to travel again and eat and drink in more crazy places. -Brandi Pierrard
  • I really have been having the time of my life it has been such an adventure with everyone. I love Europe it is such a beautiful place with so much history it's become like a second home with an extended family which I love and adore there is still so much to come and even more to do I can't wait to get home and share it. -Ricky Fowler
  • This experience has been an enriching in reassuring my passion for travel and tourism. Being my very first flight and tour outside of Canada I wasn't sure what to expect. Through the Contiki team (Miki, Bec) plus the amazing friends that have become second family for me. It an amazing feeling that a group of people can meet for the first time at an airport for a 2 week trip and by the end there is a long lasting connection started by travel and the memories.Europe has many things to offer and I wish I had more time to explore but that just gives me a chance to come back and see it all!. It's about the journey not the destination. <3 Europe #noregrets #contiki #awesome -Richard Zimmerman
  • Going into this trip I knew no one and was terrified of the thought of leaving home for the first time, on my own no less. I feel very lucky and blessed to have met some great people who have been with me every step of the way, and have become my second family in Europe. This trip was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. -Kaitlyn
  • Europe has definitely been worth it for me! It has not only been my first journey outside of North America but also my longest away from home. I really enjoyed taking a Contiki because they provided an enriching experience with lots of surprises that were outside of my expectations. This trip has given me a good idea of where I want to come back to in the future and has also given some base knowledge of the regions we have visited. I love Europe! - Heather Dumont
  • My whole life I never was really interested in coming to Europe. I was more interested in wanting to go to the beaches and the party scene. But now coming and experiencing this amazing trip has changed my thoughts about Europe. I never want to leave and I believe one day I will live here. It has everything to offer, from history, culture, mountains, beaches, fabulous people and of course the cute guys! I have experienced a lot of the world and Europe was surprised me the most. Every trip has changed my life in some way and this trip has opened my eyes to so many more opportunities. I have met so many new friends and that's one reason I love to travel, meeting people all over the world is what I live for. Bec has been an inspiration to me. She has giving me hope that one day I will be able to have my dream job to travel and to show others our beautiful world we live in. Miki couldn't be more rad as a coach driver. He has made this trip happen for us! So thankful and blessed to be here. I love Europe and I love Contiki! Forever thankful. - Tonni Fudge
  • This trip to Europe has been my first trip out of North America, and I can't definitely say that this will not be my last. This experience has been incredible and so eye opening. I had no idea what I was in for and had no idea what to expect, but with the guidance of Bec, Miki, and Contiki I have learned so much and definitely caught the so called "travel bug". I loved travelling around with all my friends and making new ones within these two weeks, and can't wait to meet more people throughout my travels. Bec has been an amazing tour manager and I couldn't even imagine what it would be like without her. She is such a sweetheart and has made me want to get out into the world and make an impact on everyone I meet. And I can't forget about Miki, he is the whole reason why we are here. He is a very knowledgable driver and a very awesome guy. I am so sad to see this trip come to an end. I have made so many memories and this trip will forever be in my heart. #noregrets -Andreen Steele <3
  • This trip has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Europe and Contiki are both such an awesome balance between education and fun. This experience has reassured me that travel and tourism is what I want to do for the rest of my life! Bec has been an inspiration because of her passion for her job and her ability to light up everyone's mood. I'm disappointed to see this trip coming to an end but I know I will be back very very soon maybe even to work for Contiki. Such a blessing to be here right now. Live the life you love:) -Maria Brenton

That is all for tonight. I will catch up on Lucerne and our visit to the Contiki Chateau in the next post. On to our final destination, Paris tomorrow. Long bus trip so lots of time to write. We hope you enjoyed the comments.

Posted by jonaway 14:04 Archived in France

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Enjoyed reading your students comments. Did it bring back memories for you? Sorry, but I am counting the days.
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