Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

(Photo) Ode to My Gringo Friends

ALL of my gringo friends are leaving and not coming back next semester, which is kind of a lonely prospect for me. It's funny because when I met the first fellow gringo on the second day in Costa Rica, we had a conversation about how we both wanted to have primarily tico friends and not… Continue reading (Photo) Ode to My Gringo Friends

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Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Top Thoughts as I Prepare to Leave Costa Rica (For the First Time)

My flight doesn't leave until next Tuesday, so technically I'm in Costa Rica for nine more days, but I'm already almost completely packed.  No, it's not because I'm getting antsy--I'm actually quite enjoying the rate at which time is going.  It's actually because early tomorrow morning I'm headed off on a mysterious week-long trip to… Continue reading Top Thoughts as I Prepare to Leave Costa Rica (For the First Time)

Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

How to Talk to a Foreign Exchange Student

EDIT:  Because of high interest in this post, I wrote a Part II with a little more perspective. I moved back into my dorm the second semester of freshman year on the first day they would let me, a few days before classes started.  Since I was there before the masses, I ate lunch alone… Continue reading How to Talk to a Foreign Exchange Student