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
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
When I left Costa Rica, I left a house full of people who are nice and fun, but who didn't see me grow up. I left a loud city, tiny stores and restaurants, cramped streets and a general feeling of claustrophobia. I left beautiful, unnaturally green mountains and trees and faces that always turn to… Continue reading Coming Home to a Foreign Country
I sit in the church pew, conscious that I look different. I resign myself to it. Again. I thought I would leave that feeling behind in Costa Rica. One of the places I felt most like a foreigner was in church where I was the only blonde in a sea of black-haired people. I could… Continue reading Vibrant Colors and Standing Out
ALL of my gringo friends are leaving and not coming back next semester, which is kind of a lonely prospect for me. It's funny because when I met the first fellow gringo on the second day in Costa Rica, we had a conversation about how we both wanted to have primarily tico friends and not… Continue reading (Photo) Ode to My Gringo Friends
"We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!" This is what Bilbo Baggins said to Gandalf when faced with the prospect of leaving his comfortable life to go on a vague quest with a group of strangers. And he was absolutely right. Adventures… Continue reading Adventures? Nasty Disturbing Uncomfortable Things! Make You Late for Dinner!
There's the riddle of the day for yesterday. Yesterday was the feast day of Saint Bartholomew, which obviously means there was a party in the streets with a lot of drunk people, some kind of band, and a bunch of "clowns" in creepy painted masks that would periodically walk through the crowd and hit people… Continue reading What Do Cow Bladders, Creepy Masks, and Saint Bartholomew Have In Common?