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IFSA blog 12.2.13

Some final thoughts on my trip to Costa Rica. I’ll miss it dearly, but I’m happy to be moving on.

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'Reflections at the halfway mark'

67 days.

67 days I’ve been in my new home of Costa Rica.

67 days until I go back home the U-S-of-A.

I have a lot of mixed feelings about that revelation, some of them clichés but all genuine.

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I’d also like to name this the theme song for last week, as it was also the High Holy Day week, the most sacred week of the year for Jews.

Ladies and gentlemen, Bon Jovi.

“We’re halfway there, livin’ on a prayer.”

Check out my latest photos of my trip to Costa Rica.  

This first batch is from a trip to Cartago for el Día de la Virgen de los Ángeles, the annual pilgrammage to the church of Costa Rica’s patron saint. 

The second is from a trip to a zoo near my home in Heredia, called INBioparque. Lots of beautiful butterflies, flowers, animals, insects, trees and more. 

IFSA blog 8.22.13 2

My head started to spin. I lost my appetite. I was confused.

I was going through reverse culture shock, three months early.

It’s an odd reaction to have when parents come to visit, but in this case, it makes perfect sense.

Read the rest of the posts and check out some awesome pictures of hanging bridges, jungle vines, and, of course, Volcàn Arenal.

'It takes a village'

I told my host mom the day I moved in that my Internet didn’t work.

15 minutes later, four different ticos, from at least three generations of the same family, were in my room (pictured here) trying to get my computer to work.

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