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The sunrise from that very first weekend in Puerto Viejo

December 24, 2012

Goodbye, Costa Rica

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I’m writing this in my bed in my room in Costa Rica on my last morning here. My roommate Anjali and I just said goodbye to our third roommate – Stephanie. I’m still in a state of shock that that was actually goodbye and that she’s not coming back tonight for a dinner of beans […]

The beach at Corcovado

December 18, 2012

The Last Weekend

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There are some incredible places in this world. Just do a quick Google search for “Amazing Nature Photography,” and you will be flabbergasted by the sheer volume of photographs that make your heart stop with their beauty. And those are just the photographs, which, we know all too well, do not do justice to the […]

Cerro Chirripó

December 11, 2012

Chirripó

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Well, I turned twenty one years old last weekend, and I did it on top of the world. I’ve been nervous about writing this blog post because I am at risk of sounding painfully cliché and saying a lot of lame things about great achievements and climbing mountains and reaching new heights. But I’ll just […]

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November 29, 2012

Things I Learned From Perpetual Rain

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So, we spent our Thanksgiving weekend in Panama in a place called Bocas del Toro. And yes, in case you know a little Spanish and were wondering, it does translate to “Mouth of the Bull”. The place is pretty much as awesome as the name sounds. Bocas del Toro is a series of tropical islands […]

Possibly the best picture I have taken in Costa Rica - a strawberry poison dart frog. Just pure, natural beauty going on here.

November 14, 2012

Just Call Me ‘Biology Nerd’

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I had one of those moments this weekend. One of the good kinds – the kind where an uncertainty shifts, a brick falls into place, and you understand yourself a little better. My “Land Vertebrates of Costa Rica” class went on a weekend field trip to a place called Veragua Biological Research Station. This station […]

The Panama City skyline

November 4, 2012

Exploring Panama

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There are always so many things to say about this experience, I get a little overwhelmed trying to decide what to include in this blog. But I will begin with our experience in Panama because it was memorable, to say the least! Panama is a very beautiful country, full of rolling hills and green fields. […]

A breath-taking view of a lake in Nicaragua

October 22, 2012

So the world is our classroom.

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An eventful couple of weeks! It blows me away how quickly time passes here. I need to stop blinking so much, or it will be December 22 tomorrow. Last weekend our Lafayette group took a three-day trip up to Nicaragua. Unfortunately, when I say a three-day trip, I mean that two of those days involved […]

This is what a cloud forest looks like!

October 9, 2012

A Weekend in the Mountains

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I just returned on Sunday from yet another fantastic weekend trip to yet another gorgeous place in Costa Rica. I feel continually privileged to be here and to experience all of the natural beauty in this country. But first, a word about living in a host family. For anyone who may be trying to decide […]

Our view of Irazú Volcano

October 2, 2012

Volcanos, Mishaps, and Volunteering

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So, here is one thing I learned – never touch squirrels. Even if they’re just inches from your face and looking cute and innocent, just don’t do it. This is one of my more embarrassing stories. We were at a little private zoo in La Paz, just looking at some animals and strolling around. My friend […]

We saw a flock of these gorgeous red parrots hanging out at a restaurant on our way to Tamarindo beach!

September 17, 2012

Soreness, Wildlife, and Spanish

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So it turns out that extremely fun activities come with a price. After two days of surfing, swimming, horseback riding, hiking, and hanging in the sun, followed by a five hour long bus ride, my entire body hurts! I have more bruises, scrapes, and surfboard burns than I can count. Of course, it was worth […]