The countdown

I officially have less than a week left and it seems about time to write my final blog post.  It is bittersweet, a whole mix of emotions.  I am excited to be going home for sure.  I want to see my friends again and definitely miss some basic comforts that you only get at home (like my favorite foods, oatmeal with peanut butter, boba, sushi, etc.).  At the same time, I feel so comfortable here that it seems strange to leave.  Costa Rica has easily become my home for the past three months and it seems like I’m just getting used to it.

My host family has been amazing.  They are the warmest, nicest family and much much more than I could have ever imagined or asked for.  My home in Heredia has become my home.  Everything is so comfortable, which is truly amazing because I never thought I would feel so comfortable in a place so different from my home.

The food.  The food is delicious.  I will most likely be finding myself making arroz, frijoles y plátanos at home.  I bought salsa lizano and azúcar to make agua dulce at home, so there will be a little piece of Costa Rica cuisine at least until I finish those.

This isn’t a long post, but it’s hard to express everything I am feeling at the moment.  I have to say, however, that if you plan on studying abroad, you should definitely consider Costa Rica.  It is an experience that a lot of people do not have the opportunity to get and is much different than how I assume typical study abroad experiences are.

I will for sure come back, that I know for sure.  For now, hasta luego.  To one of the best three months, adiós!

Here are some photos of my last couple of weeks in Costa Rica:

IMG_7406(Working on a group project with kids from my History of Costa Rica class…one of the best classes I have ever taken)

IMG_7163(Me and Shenny on the bus during our History of Costa Rica field trip to Guanacaste…one of the best field trips I have ever taken)

IMG_7372(Me and my host parents, Gioconda and Javier)

IMG_7153(Me and my friend Liza during our history of Costa Rica field trip)

IMG_7377(My host parents!)

IMG_7123(Me, Shenny, Liza and Profe)

IMG_7353(One of the best paintings I have ever seen during a field trip to a museum with my Civilization and Culture class)

IMG_7098(History field trip)

IMG_7264(Me and my running buddy, Tim)

IMG_7182(History field trip)

I’ll miss Costa Rica a lot.

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