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Universidad Nacional Vibe: Plants

Time March 20th, 2017 in 2017 Spring, Costa Rica | No Comments by

Here are some pictures taken from one of the buildings that I have Spanish class in at the Universidad Nacional. There are other buildings on campus with a similar design. It may be the Environmental Studies major in me, but I love it! So much beautiful greenery from the moment you enter provides such a warm and inviting learning environment. People are always sitting at the tables in the middle eating lunch, working on homework/group projects, or just hanging out. I was speaking with a Tico (Costa Rican) about this today and he told me that it is very common to have this type of design in the universities here. United States, take note!

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The View Was Worth the Mud

Time February 27th, 2017 in 2017 Spring, Costa Rica | No Comments by

This photo was taken at the Cerro Dantas Wildlife Refuge. It shows the water running downstream from a beautiful waterfall that was behind me. The hike to reach the area was about 3 hours long and had some slippery, muddy paths just before the finish line. At one point I took a wrong step and my foot went ankle deep in mud. But the laughs and conversation with my friends as well as this gorgeous view made it completely worth while. My only regret is not having brought my bathing suit and a towel because the water was so clear and cool and I would have loved to jump in!

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The Less You Look, The More You Find

Time February 8th, 2017 in 2017 Spring, Costa Rica | 2 Comments by

If there is anything I’ve learned from Costa Rica thus far it is that, as the title states, the less you look, the more you find. This gorgeous rainbow was spotted on a walk in Monteverde. On many other occasions since being here I’ve seen nature’s beauty when I least anticipated it. One example is when I saw a troop of white-faced monkeys while on a walk back from a waterfall or a Basilisk (also known as a Jesus Lizard) while looking for the source of water from the pool I was in. Moving forward I suppose I should expect the unexpected.

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Sunrise Leaving Boston

Time January 30th, 2017 in 2017 Spring, Costa Rica | No Comments by

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Today has been a mix of every emotion from aching sadness to nervous excitement to an eerie calm. With my bags packed, goodbyes said, and tears fallen, I feel prepared. There’s nothing left to do now but get a good night’s sleep and take a leap of faith into the unknown. My excitement has faded as reality has hit that tomorrow is the day I’ve been waiting for for the past 5 months. Now I’ll be spending that amount of time in another country at another university in another language. And I’ve never felt more ready for it than I do right now.

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