Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Images of Volcán Arenal and La Fortuna

I guess this post is less about the place and more about how experiences start to generate stories. Also, I'm homesick for the unfamiliar.

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Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Videos Sometimes Take 7 Months to Gestate

I returned from Costa Rica in June with grand plans of creating an inspired video for which I had spent the last ten months getting footage.  I already knew what song I wanted to do, so all that was left was putting together the expertly filmed segments.  I set to work immediately, of course, and… Continue reading Videos Sometimes Take 7 Months to Gestate

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(and all that jazz)

The other day I told a Costa Rica story to a girl I don't know well.  I actually took myself a bit by surprise since I don't tend to bring up my year abroad as much.  Costa Rican adventures are somehow being replaced by tales of scholarship applications and volleyball practices, by plans with my… Continue reading (and all that jazz)

Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Hindsight: Reasons I Would Have Considered Studying Abroad Somewhere Other Than Costa Rica

As I mentioned in my last post about why I'm glad I studied in Costa Rica, I don't at all regret my decision.  However, there are downsides to every decision, and I'm writing this post so that those who may be considering studying in Costa Rica can see both sides of the coin. The longer… Continue reading Hindsight: Reasons I Would Have Considered Studying Abroad Somewhere Other Than Costa Rica

Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Reasons I’m Glad I Studied Abroad in Costa Rica

Once I decided I wanted to study abroad in Latin America, my only definite criteria was I wanted to speak a lot of Spanish.  Which narrowed down my choices... not at all. I knew little about the distinct Latin American cultures or differences in accent.  I tried to find lists about the "best" places to study… Continue reading Reasons I’m Glad I Studied Abroad in Costa Rica

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I’m Bad at Blogging; Where I’ve Been for the Last 3ish Weeks

So I've been doing that thing again where I go off on adventures and neglect to blog.  Maybe one day I'll have the discipline to blog in advance and set posts on timers, but today is not that day.  Last time, I wrote a broad sketch of what I was doing instead of blogging and that seemed… Continue reading I’m Bad at Blogging; Where I’ve Been for the Last 3ish Weeks

Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Interpersonal Relationships; Lessons Learned in Costa Rica, Part I

There's something about being in a foreign country that exaggerates the good and bad of interpersonal relationships; perhaps we make crazier decisions or maybe we see their impact more clearly in unfamiliar situations.  Whatever it is, I feel I've learned a lot of the type of lessons that can't be taught, only experienced. I have… Continue reading Interpersonal Relationships; Lessons Learned in Costa Rica, Part I