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

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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

Adventures? Nasty Disturbing Uncomfortable Things! Make You Late for Dinner!

"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!

Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

What Do Cow Bladders, Creepy Masks, and Saint Bartholomew Have In Common?

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?