Inhaling deeply, I let the tropical air fill my lungs as I absorb the mountainous landscape. Lush green is highlighted by the white wisps of low-laying clouds and glimpses of a bright blue sky. It is easy to let the words pura vida slip from my lips as I exhale. After only a week and a half in the small Costa Rican city of Heredia, it is becoming increasingly clear to see how this phrase manifests itself in the day to day life of the average Tico. Read more
Posts from the ‘Costa Rica’ Category
Graffiti has always been an obsession of mine. There’s a sort of resourcefulness and a certain passion that is displayed in various types that just screams the human need to be heard, to be remembered and to express oneself. Perhaps this is why, in places where expression is regulated or suppressed, messages spring up like weeds in a garden. Read more
Welcome, adventurous souls, to paradise. Whether you are a surfer, a hiker, a photographer or just an adrenaline junkie, I guarantee you can get your fix in Costa Rica. In the past month I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel from the Caribbean to the mountains and across the country to the Pacific. I have been able to fly through Costa Rica’s bio-diverse forests and crash into its waters. Therefore, today I thought I’d take a moment to share what you have waiting for you here in my beautiful host country. Read more
A little while back I had the opportunity to visit Monteverde, a destination at the peak of the continental divide, rich with adventure and beauty. During our trip, we decided to tour a local coffee and sugar cane plantation called Don Juan. Though the company does not grow cacao on site, with the cooperation of nearby farms, Don Juan is able to dedicate about half of their tour to the processing. Read more
I’m the type of person that spends more time researching what to pack than actually packing. Now having spent about one month in Costa Rica, I can tell you with solemn honesty that no matter how much you plan, it will always be different when you arrive. Therefore, I thought it would be good to clear up some of the tropical fog about studying abroad in Costa Rica.
My first meal at a Costa Rican restaurant was Mexican. When a bunch of us ISA students sat ourselves at the cozy, open air Las Leñitas, I admit I was skeptical. Back in my NorCal hometown, we live off tacos from the Mexican grocery chain Mi Pueblo. I ordered the “synchronizada” in search of the new and different. Read more
When studying abroad in a country as rich and vibrant as Costa Rica, it can be tempting to use every free opportunity to take off and visit a more exotic locale. It’s as though the expansive beaches and thundering rapids beg for your travel. Nevertheless, I decided to remain near home this past weekend and get to know my host city of San Jose. How happy I am to have stayed, because how else would I have discovered my new talent? As it turns out, I’m pretty good on stilts. Read more
Every day when you are studying abroad is pretty good, but there are a few of those days that you just know you are going to remember forever as the highlight of the experience. One of those days for me happened as the result of my midterm project for my cultural photography class. I had to do a photo essay on a cultural topic so I decided to reach out to a local guy I had met during the first week of school who had told me he was in a band.
One thing that I have realized during my short time in Costa Rica is that there is not enough time to do everything you want to do. So far, the weekdays have been filled to the brim with classes, homework and as many cultural activities as I can manage while still trying to get some sleep. Then come Friday afternoon, we are off on the next adventure with ISA to a volcano or the beach or a national park to see monkeys and sloths! Read more