Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Vibrant Colors and Standing Out

I sit in the church pew, conscious that I look different.  I resign myself to it.  Again. I thought I would leave that feeling behind in Costa Rica.  One of the places I felt most like a foreigner was in church where I was the only blonde in a sea of black-haired people.  I could… Continue reading Vibrant Colors and Standing Out

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Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Months ago, before I left for Costa Rica, my sister and I went to see Monsters University.  It was the first time for her, and the second for me (I have this habit of watching movies I really like in theaters more than once).  I already knew she would love the teaser trailer for Frozen,… Continue reading Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Studying Abroad for a Year: a Between-Semesters Point of View

I am unreservedly delighted that I chose to study abroad for two semesters.  Even at my low points during the semester, I have never regretted that decision. I've been back in Texas for a couple of weeks now, so I've had my first round of hellos and good-byes in a foreign country, and get to… Continue reading Studying Abroad for a Year: a Between-Semesters Point of View