I am having many mixed emotions as I prepare to leave my family in Costa Rica to return to my family at home. On one hand, I am very excited to be able to see my family and friends at home, especially my dogs. (My puppy is even coming to pick me up at the airport!!!) However, I am incredibly sad to leave my family here: both my familia tico y mi grupo de Miami.

It is weird because I feel like three weeks is right at the cusp of really, truly learning and living a language, and of course it is right when we are heading home. I would love to be able to stay here and continue to improve my Spanish; however, I would want my family to come here to visit!

But, I do think that wish will come true! The more I tell my family about this beautiful country, the more my family wants to come to visit Costa Rica. My mom even says she has no choice but to come in the near future because she wants to personally thank my mama tica for taking such good care of me while I was sick. I am so excited to be able to bring my family back to Costa Rica and show them around the city I have called home for the past three weeks.

I am currently already planning our trip back to Costa Rica! So far on my list I have Manuel Antonio, La Fortuna, the Hot Springs, El Parque de Tortuguero, y la Multiplaza mall…. Just to name a few!

When I get home, I am also planning on putting together a care package to send to my family here in Costa Rica just as another thank you for being the best family I could have ever wished for in Costa Rica. They certainly made this foreign country feel like a home.

I will leave this last blog post with a quote that makes so much sense at this current moment:

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard” – Winnie the Pooh

Until next time Costa Rica…..XOXO… PURA VIDA

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