Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida · Chapter 2: The Way Less Traveled By

(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)

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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

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

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

Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Coffee Is Slowly Taking Over My Life (Not That I Mind)

So my mom was kind enough to remind me (again) that it's been a while since I posted, and my excuse is that it is indirectly the fault of café.  I had a presentation today about the company that regulates coffee processing in Costa Rica, so between that and the presentations of my classmates, I… Continue reading Coffee Is Slowly Taking Over My Life (Not That I Mind)