Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

The Part of Costa Rica No One Knows Exists

Altamira, Costa Rica When I went: November, 2013 As a part of our study abroad program, we are required to do a week-long Global Engagement Project (GEP).  Like any self-respecting young person, I was instantly suspicious of any kind of obligatory field trip.  Also, since it was the week after the semester, I was kind of… Continue reading The Part of Costa Rica No One Knows Exists

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Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Coming Home to a Foreign Country

When I left Costa Rica, I left a house full of people who are nice and fun, but who didn't see me grow up.  I left a loud city, tiny stores and restaurants, cramped streets and a general feeling of claustrophobia.  I left beautiful, unnaturally green mountains and trees and faces that always turn to… Continue reading Coming Home to a Foreign Country

Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Wanderlust: the Traveler’s Trap

After about two weeks of backpacking--one of those solo--I realized that backpacking is, in fact, possible.  Which you would think I would have realized before, but sometimes things get out of order in my life. Those are the fun times. The idea came to me while I was in Bocas del Toro, Panama.  I was… Continue reading Wanderlust: the Traveler’s Trap

Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Climb the Volcano in the Wee Hours of the Morning, They Said

Boquete, Panama When I went: January, 2014 (high season) Boquete is a small town relatively close to the southern border of Costa Rica.  It's in the mountains and higher in altitude than most places (and thus a wee bit colder than one would expect), but it's situated in some of the most beautiful countryside I… Continue reading Climb the Volcano in the Wee Hours of the Morning, They Said