Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Adventures? Nasty Disturbing Uncomfortable Things! Make You Late for Dinner!

"We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!" This is what Bilbo Baggins said to Gandalf when faced with the prospect of leaving his comfortable life to go on a vague quest with a group of strangers.  And he was absolutely right. Adventures… Continue reading Adventures? Nasty Disturbing Uncomfortable Things! Make You Late for Dinner!

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Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

What Do Cow Bladders, Creepy Masks, and Saint Bartholomew Have In Common?

There's the riddle of the day for yesterday. Yesterday was the feast day of Saint Bartholomew, which obviously means there was a party in the streets with a lot of drunk people, some kind of band, and a bunch of "clowns" in creepy painted masks that would periodically walk through the crowd and hit people… Continue reading What Do Cow Bladders, Creepy Masks, and Saint Bartholomew Have In Common?

Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

How I Accidentally Ended Up On The University Volleyball Team

Disclaimer:  I'm not 100% sure it's the university team, but that's the impression I got. So this story starts on a day like any other day in Costa Rica.  I woke up discouraged and stressed because I had two presentations that I was not prepared for.  After the first one, I was feeling a lot… Continue reading How I Accidentally Ended Up On The University Volleyball Team

Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

You Can Call Me Ne-Ne If You Want To (But It’s Kind of Weird)

My host mom's name is Nidia, but she goes by Nini (nee nee).  When I first learned this, I was excited to inform her of a connection we have, because friends and family at home call me Nene (or Ney-Ney or Nay-Nay; pick your spelling). She kind of laughed and asked me if I would… Continue reading You Can Call Me Ne-Ne If You Want To (But It’s Kind of Weird)

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Being Macha in a Latin American Country

"Macha" is a Tico slang term that means "blonde girl."  There's no inherently offensive or degrading connotations to the word, but it does have a certain effect. I knew before moving to Costa Rica that some Latin American men have a preference for blonde women, but I never really thought about what that would mean.… Continue reading Being Macha in a Latin American Country