I Bid You Adieu

I have the Costa Rican bus schedule saved on my laptop but I wont really need it anymore. Not because I’m about to leave but because I’ve already memorized it. That’s the thing. I could have deleted the bus schedule 2 weeks ago because I know when and where the bus to Barva comes and…

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Isabel Zarate

Isabel Zarate-Chacon is my host mother in Costa Rica. In a couple of days, that “is” will change to “was”. She was born in Barrio Jesus, a tiny town in Heredia (a region in Costa Rica) where she grew up with 5 other brothers and sisters. She was the oldest of the bunch, which is…

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One Year Older, Four Weeks Wiser

 All good things must come to an end. Unfortunately. As I embark on my fourth week here in Costa Rica, I have picked up a few cultural lessons that you aren’t exactly going to learn from reading a Lonely Planet book.  To become a proper “tico” (Costa Ricans call themselves ticos), you must learn the…

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Dia de Guanacaste

It’s supposed to be my summer break but by placing myself back into the school setting over my vacation (I went willingly…), I have found that I still dread Monday’s and I still wait in anticipation for the weekend to grace me with its presence. This week, though, the weekend missed me as much as…

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Mis Ticos Favoritos

Technically, teachers aren’t supposed to pick favorites. But I’m not a real teacher; I’m only pretending to be a teacher for a couple of weeks, so technicalities don’t really apply to me. I wanted to work with kids because it’s usually people my age that I have a harder time seeing eye-to-eye with. Little kids…

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The Sleeping Indian

I woke up in La Fortuna today…I can’t exactly say I remember how I got here in the first place; becoming bus sick in the first 5 seconds of the ride tends to wipe your memory quite a bit. I arrived last night with some volunteers from my teaching program and we immediately went to…

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To Monteverde and Back

Even though I’ve only been in Costa Rica for a little while, I’ve already figured out a big secret: the buses are never on time. In fact, there is a very simple mathematical equation to figuring out when your mode of transportation will actually arrive. Take the time that you are told that your bus…

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