Costa Rica

February 9, 2015

Grand Introductions

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Hey there and welcome to my first blog post! My name is Mackenzie Gammons and I am a first-year student from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Although I have yet to declare a major, I plan on double majoring in Economics and International Affairs with a possible minor in Spanish. Seeing as we are still in the […]

February 24, 2014

Rejuvenation and Reflection

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Hola Readers- This week has been one of reflection and rejuvenation. I’ve done a lot of my usual things – classes, readings, dance – but I’ve also done a lot of thinking and taking some time for myself as well. I think it’s safe to say that it has hit that point in the semester […]

January 11, 2014

“KCOHS ERUTLUC”

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Hi Readers! [In case my title confused you, it’s ‘Culture Shock’, written backwards, aka ‘Reverse Culture Shock’. Sometimes I like to think I’m creative and funny] Wow, it’s been a while! The last time I wrote here, I was in Costa Rica! That’s so strange to think about. 3 weeks ago I was there, now […]

December 11, 2013

Tortugitas!

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Hi everyone! To continue the countdown – only 9 days left!! Wow. Going home is really starting to feel real, and so close! This past week has brought a mix of feelings, including stress over projects, frustration with my tico brothers, excitement at a neat jewelry store, and awe at the talent show at our […]

December 1, 2013

I am thankful for…

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Wow, it’s been a little while! Only 19 days left! I can hardly believe it. I sort of feel like I’ve only been here about a month, but then when I look back at all I’ve done, and all that I’ve written about here, there’s no way that all would fit in a month! This […]

November 20, 2013

From TCBY to Bullet Ants – Just Another Weekend in Costa Rica

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Hi there everyone, This past weekend was great in so many ways, and succeeded in taking my mind off that Psychology paper I have to write… always a plus! =P On Friday, my friend Erica took me to the Multiplaza – a nearby mall and movie theater that she was shocked I hadn’t been to […]

November 12, 2013

International Birthday

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Hi Readers! This past Saturday was a pretty special day – my birthday! It was the first time I celebrated it another country. Adios teenage-dom! If you were to look at how I spent my birthday objectively, you may feel it was a sort of sad day. But au contraire! [Yes, I just used a […]

November 6, 2013

Dad-venture

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What started out as a so-so week due to a bout of a nasty cold quickly made a turn for the better. I think the first sign was in my Physical Therapy class. We had a workshop day on massage, and essentially spent an hour taking turns on the massage tables and practicing massage techniques, […]

October 29, 2013

Panama = Abundance

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Wow, what a weekend! Unfortunately, I’m now feeling a bit under the weather, but I’m glad it waited until I returned to hit me. And fortunately for you, not feeling so great means I’m spending more time at home, which means more time for blogging! With some of these trips, it’s hard to decide what […]

October 21, 2013

Time to Catch Up!

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Hi Readers! Up until this past weekend, it’s been fairly relaxed around here. It was nice to have a little break from traveling and exploring, time to relax. However, more free time leads to more time to sit and think, which then brings up those longings for home. The fact that our host family had […]