Six Things Costa Rica Taught Me

I knew going to Costa Rica would be a big change for me, but I couldn’t have predicted just how much it would change me. It was a new experience adapting to a new culture, but for me it seemed to be a positive adjustment as I easily connected with their values. Ultimately, I was…

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My Second Love

I guess you could say I fell in love again. Only not with a person, but with a place. I didn’t quite know what to expect when I decided to study abroad, but I didn’t expect to become so attached to this country. In fact, I didn’t know much about Costa Rica until I started…

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An experience, not a destination

Growing up, I always dreamt of traveling to other countries and all these faraway places. I saw these incredible pictures and daydreamed about how beautiful they would be. But that’s all those were: daydreams. Now that it has become my reality, my life, my perspective of travel has shifted. I am living in another country,…

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Pura Vida

24 days ago… I remember the moment it finally hit me. I was unusually calm the entire week before my trip, and even up until the day of the trip. I finally felt the excitement when the plane was fully in the air. As I looked down and saw the New York city skyscrapers getting…

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Shore Thoughts

There’s something about the ocean, something that seems to remind us that we are alive again.  Well, at least for me.  Something about its vastness, the power of the crashing waves, the peacefulness.  Everyone loves the beach, but I love the ocean.  It’s not about the restaurants, the boardwalk, the rides, not even the ice…

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Simplicity

Simplicity.  A word we don’t hear much in this overly complicated, chaotic, non-stop world. Wait.  Let’s go back to the beginning. We are human beings.  We are alive.  We have five senses.  We can see beautiful things. We can feel happiness, sadness, joy, laughter, love, heartbreak, fear, confidence, etc.  We can smell flowers and fresh…

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