A Weekend in Costa Rica

While studying abroad in Costa Rica, I have found that there is no such thing as a typical weekend. Although most are filled with travel, the activities are as diverse as hiking a mountain, beach hopping, or exploring new cities. One weekend that is exemplary of the diversity here in Costa Rica started with a three hour bus ride north from Puntarenas to Libería. Known as the second capital, Liberia is home to one of Costa Rica’s...

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When You Want to Leave, But Also Want to Stay

What do you do when you want to be two places at once? That was the feeling I struggled with the last few weeks of my study abroad experience, when my desire to be home and my desire to stay in Costa Rica were fighting it out. About a month before the end of my program, I started having some health problems that made it difficult for me to eat. I went into the program knowing that my chronic health condition might flare up, but had...

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Reflection Upon Returning Home
Aug29

Reflection Upon Returning Home

Having spent a few weeks since returning from my study abroad program, I have definitely had time to reflect upon my experiences. During my six weeks in Roatan, Honduras, I learned so much in regards to marine science and field research. It has truly broadened my understanding of the subject and has allowed me to form real world connections to information I all ready learned. Studying the reef systems there has provided me a...

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Life in Cuba
Jul26

Life in Cuba

Life in Cuba has been amazing! Throughout my three, almost four, weeks that I’ve been here I’ve gotten the opportunity to travel around the island as well as the city I’m living in. I’ve gone to Trinidad and tried their local drink of Canchanchara (amazing), danced the night away in a discoteca in a cave, swam in the Caribbean at Playa Larga, seen the historical landmarks and monuments in Santa Clara, and gone to a coffee and tobacco...

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Belize Part 3: South Water Caye
Jun28

Belize Part 3: South Water Caye

The next leg of our journey brought us to South Water Caye, a tiny island about an hour from Punta Gorda. A tiny paradise, the island is full of palm tree, has a constant ocean breeze, greets you at morning and at night with knock-you-socks-off sunrises and sunset…. Should you want to kayak, go for it. Should you want to snorkel, just jump right off the dock and see what is in store for you. The lodging was the nicest here...

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¿Qué pasa Cuba?
Jun28

¿Qué pasa Cuba?

Hello and welcome to my pre departure self. Currently, I am preparing to study abroad in Cuba for a month! Wahoo!! A place that the United States has been closed off to for over 50 years and only recently reopened its doors to Americans. A place with little to no wifi and on every corner a classic car can be spotted. This summer is going to be an adventure of a lifetime! And to add to my adventure, I decided to go with only my...

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