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Viareggio Carnevale 2015

One of the highlights of any spring semester in Italy is getting to experience the atmosphere of Carnevale.  One of our NCSAC student ambassadors, Kendra G., details her Sunday spent in Viareggio amongst the crowds of people:

“Just last week I went on the AIFS day trip to Viareggio for Carnevale, and I am so happy I did. I never really believed people when they told me how huge it was, and let me just say; its crazy. The parade was a blast, with the floats standing taller than the buildings and all the insane costumes. It was unlike anything I have seen. The best part; we all know the huge difference in space between the U.S. and Italy. Pedestrians and cars will cross each other all the time without even flinching. Well the parade is just the same. You can stand in the way of these towering beautifully made floats just before it rolls over your toes, allowing you to get the best pictures and videos ever.  Here is a compilation of the footage I got during the parade, enjoy…”

A Perfect Holiday Gift List for Study Abroad Students

While some of you may be getting ready to head back to the States after a whirlwind fall semester abroad, other students are dreaming about a Christmas in Italy and starting their checklists for the upcoming Spring 2015 semester.  As the holidays are drawing closer each day, we thought we’d give you some holiday gift ideas for the travel-addicted wanderer in your life.  Whether they’re coming back into your life or getting ready to head out on that study-abroad adventure and start gallivanting around Europe, these gifts will serve to help them along their way…..

1.  Olloclip iPhone Photo Lens Kit 

With a fish-eye lens, wide-angle lens and 2 types of Macro lenses for those up-close shots, this kit is the ultimate in pocket photography and completely portable for those weekend trips on budget airlines.

This 4-in-1 lens kit is the perfect solution to packing those bulky SLR cameras for the weekend.  If you’ve got your phone with you already, why not maximize its potential and use it as your camera for taking that perfect pic in front of the Eiffel Tower?  Save the space in your carry-on for souvenirs instead!

2.  An Instagram Photo Book


What better way to store all those precious memories from your 3 months abroad than with an Instagram collage?  Use your best photos to create posters, magnets, scrapbooks and more.

3. Luckie’s Scratch Map of Travels


Want a better way to keep track of the countries you’ve visited than buying keepsake postcards, shotglasses or passport stamps?  Look no further than this scratch-off travel map from Luckie’s.

4. A portable device charger


An absolute essential for any study abroad student, the portable device charger is perfect for staying connected during those long bus rides or overnighters at the airport.

5. A Dual-Time Watch

dual time watch

Keeping track of time differences can be challenging, but not if you’re wearing a dual time-zone watch!  Now you’ll never have to guess what time is appropriate to call your parents and beg them to put money in your account when you’ve run out of cash.

6. Travel Micro-Towel

pack towel

This tiny foldable pouch contains a micro-fiber towel that is easy to pack and in much better condition than that rented towel from your hostel.  Absorbs up to 4 times its weight in water and won’t leave your backpack smelling like a wet dog after an unexpected thunderstorm.

7. Foldable Water Bottle


Staying hydrated is important while you’re busy running around Europe, and these foldable bags come with a nifty clip so you can attach them to your backpack or store it away in your purse when you’ve got to go through airport security.

Happy Holidays from all of us at AIFS Florence!  We hope that good health and happiness follows you wherever you are in the world.

Everybody else is doing it…

In the eyes of AIFS Partnership Programs, the Summer ended over a week ago with the departure of our final group. Since then we’ve been cleaning, checking, counting, paying the bills and installing a sweet new sound system to disturb the neighbors  make watching movies better, all the while staff have been slowly slipping away on vacation…

We’re looking forward to welcoming our new students in September. Until then its time to enjoy the city as it empties out for the holiday weekend.

Enjoy your Summer.