Chapter 4: An Autobiography of an Idealist

Why I’ve Stopped Traveling

You see, when the future is open to any possibility, when you can go anywhere, do anything, when you have no responsibilities or commitments, you think you're free.

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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 2: The Way Less Traveled By

Learning a New Language: Not Even Once

I liked learning Spanish.  A lot. Not because it was easy (it wasn't).  Maybe because it's the hardest thing I've ever done.  I'm not a "natural" language learner--if such a thing exists.  Every word I know and every sentence that comes out smoothly when I talk has hundreds, or maybe thousands, of incomprehensible attempts at… Continue reading Learning a New Language: Not Even Once

Chapter 2: The Way Less Traveled By

“A Chicken Bus is Never Full!” and Other Tales of Nicaraguan Transport

It would be nice if I had a picture of a chicken bus, wouldn't it?  Yeah, about that...  All I can tell you is that no chickens were harmed in the making of the chicken buses. I actually have no idea why they're called chicken buses; although they are indeed buses, they do not resemble… Continue reading “A Chicken Bus is Never Full!” and Other Tales of Nicaraguan Transport

Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Why I’ve Stopped Writing About Costa Rica

As some of you may have noticed, my blog posts have become sparser and sparser.  Part of this is my university workload--in my literature class, I have to read a novel a week (in Spanish!!).  Part of it is I'm lazy and when I'm not studying or doing something Costa Rica-ish, I'm napping or something.… Continue reading Why I’ve Stopped Writing About Costa Rica

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

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!