Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Being Someone Else’s Daughter; Living with a Host Family, Part III

The picture above is my host family and me on my host dad's birthday (hint: I'm the blonde).  Judging from the shirts, it was also game day (yeah Heredia!). This is Part III of a post about the reality of living with a host family.  You can read Part I about my first impression of… Continue reading Being Someone Else’s Daughter; Living with a Host Family, Part III

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Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

You’re Not in Kerr Hall* Anymore; Living With a Host Family, Part II

*Kerr Hall is the residence hall I worked in last year at the University of North Texas.  Also known as the best residence hall on campus. This is Part II of a three-part post.  You can read Part I here, and I'll post Part III in the near future! Time has passed since I moved… Continue reading You’re Not in Kerr Hall* Anymore; Living With a Host Family, Part II

Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Moving in with Strangers: Living with a Host Family, Part I

This post is long overdue.  I've been wanting to write it for a long time, but I've been waiting until I have a picture with my host family.  I've finally decided that may not happen in the foreseeable future since I'm not exactly proactive in asking people to take pictures, and my host family is… Continue reading Moving in with Strangers: Living with a Host Family, Part I

Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Spanish is Not One Language, or: Costa Ricans Talk Funny, or: Why None of My Latino Friends in Texas Will be Able to Understand Me

When people told me we don't learn "real life" Spanish in school, they meant we don't learn Tex-Mex Spanglish or even Mexican Spanish.  And that's true.  But we also don't learn Spanish from Spain, Argentinian Spanish, Costa Rican Spanish, or Lived-In-Chile-Until-I-Was-Ten-But-Learned-All-My-Curse-Words-And-Sexual-References-In-Mexico Spanish. So the question is, what did we learn?  All I know is, when… Continue reading Spanish is Not One Language, or: Costa Ricans Talk Funny, or: Why None of My Latino Friends in Texas Will be Able to Understand Me

Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

I Feel Like a Real Person!

My first week of my second semester in Costa Rica was not at all like my terrifying first week of school last semester.  It wasn't that circumstances changed; it was that I had changed. This semester, I am taking three regular courses through the university and two Spanish classes for extranjeros.  My three regular classes… Continue reading I Feel Like a Real Person!