Chapter 2: The Way Less Traveled By

Why People Who Love Stories Should Travel

It's funny, because my travel experiences didn't replace the stories I love to read. No matter how much I travel, I doubt I'll sacrifice my life in the French Revolution, waver in indecision over whether I should take revenge on the king who murdered my father and married my mother, or walk through hell, purgatory, and heaven before coming back to tell the story. Maybe I'll never even fall deeply and irrevocably in love, save someone's life, or sacrifice everything I have for a cause I believe in. Life can't replace stories, just like stories can't replace life; each simply heightens the other.

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Chapter 2: The Way Less Traveled By

Why Americans Don’t Get Out Much

As I've probably referenced before, I don't exactly come from a background of people who travel the world.  My childhood vacations were to Colorado and Port Aransas, Texas. I wrote a post not long ago about my restlessness to get out and go somewhere.  I did not end up leaving the country, but I did… Continue reading Why Americans Don’t Get Out Much

Chapter 2: The Way Less Traveled By

Someone Did Me a Great Disservice by Telling Me an English Major Would Be Useless

*I'm not on my own computer as I post this, so enjoy this pretty Costa Rica sunset photo I happened to have in my Dropbox and pretend it's relevant. As much as I love literature, I never considered becoming an English major until now, in the first semester of my senior year. It's a bit… Continue reading Someone Did Me a Great Disservice by Telling Me an English Major Would Be Useless

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

Chapter 2: The Way Less Traveled By

How to Talk to a Foreign Exchange Student; Part II

A while back, I wrote a post on how to talk to a foreign exchange student.  Since then, it's been my most-read post and the most common search engine terms that brings people to my blog are variations of: "how to befriend the foreign exchange student," "how to make the foreign boy/girl like me," and… Continue reading How to Talk to a Foreign Exchange Student; Part II