Costa Rica

Author: Sammy Vanek

Tags : Adventure Trip, Central America, Costa Rica, Eco-Tourism

Chapter 6 (of 11): The Osa Peninsula

"This is worse than bland," declared Paddy in his London accent. "It tastes like wet socks." He passed the cup of watered oatmeal to Lochy.
"It`s energy," replied Lochy with a blunt Scottish twang. He slurped a dripping spoonful into his mouth.
"If you concentrate really hard, you can taste the milk and sugar," I suggested. "And some vanilla. And Cinnamon. And air conditioning." Lochy passed me the bowl. A bead of sweat wavered from the tip of my nose, paused in contemplation, and leapt to the clay path below.

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Author: Audrey Einhellig

Tags: Central America, Costa Rica, Vacations

The Vacation of a Lifetime: Costa Rica 2011

It is June 5, 2011, and I am on my way to the airport with my alarm ringing as loudly in my head as it had since it had woke me up at 3:45.  My family and I, along with two other families, are on our way to the adventure and vacation of a lifetime; Costa Rica, here we come! 

Author: Autumn Billodeau

Tags: California, Central America, Costa Rica, North America, USA, Vacations

One Kitchen, an Open Heart, and a Plate of Food.


Author: Emily Howard

Tags: California, Central America, Costa Rica, North America, USA, Vacations

Costa Rica—Operation Total Immersion

Walking through San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, was like jumping into a river.  Save the “getting your feet wet” for Spanish class.  Each of the 16 members of this school trip, including myself, were floundering, hardly able to escape the sensory overload.  Our deer-in-the-headlight looks were cues to vendors, who approached us in attempts to sell.  We were trying to take everything in: the buildings, the people, the bird noise, the Spanish flowing all around.  We drifted along, carried by the crowds going through their everyday routines.

Author: Reid Blanchett

Tags: Central America, Costa Rica, Exploring

Pura Vida

Author: B. Marshall

Tags: Central America, Costa Rica, Exploring

La vida pura

When I finished 7th grade, my sister, Ashley, told me she wanted to take me to Costa Rica for my 14th birthday.  She had just finished a study abroad program in San Jose. I was so happy because this would be my first time out of the country. And for my birthday!  How cool!

La Ciudad

Author: Kathryn Sclafani

Tags: Central America, Costa Rica, Exploring

Costa Rica: A Cultural Experience

“No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive” (Gandhi).  I believe Gandhi is trying to tell us that by exposing one’s self to cultural diversity, you will improve yourself and your own culture. This is why I enjoy traveling. I believe when you visit other countries and immerse yourself in their language and traditions, cultural barriers begin to breakdown. You become aware of others customs while also enriching your own culture.

Author: Lauren Smith

Tags: Central America, Costa Rica, Vacations

Fearless Venturing

Riding horseback up the side of a steep hill through the thick jungle leaves that blocked the path ahead, I never thought they would get me to make it this far.  I consider myself an adventurous person; I’m just cautious.  Ocean kayaking?  Done it.  Hawaiian helicopters?  I explored the Big Island of Hawaii.  White-water rafting?  I think I’ll pass.  Zip line over canopies a thousand feet high?  Are you mad?  The obvious answer to me: yes.  So how did it come to be that I actually ventured to do such wild activities?  Pure adre