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Another crazy, busy, adventurous week!

This past week and a half has been one of the most stressful I have experienced. Luckily, I got to end it with a near perfect weekend exploring Bocas del Toro, Panama, which is literally paradise and there is no better way to express that.

My week started with making a big decision to split from my partner for a class assignment. We had seven weeks to complete a 15 page minimum research paper based on a piece of literature, separate from what we have read in class. Unfortunately, my partner and I have different learning styles and approaches when it came to completely this assignment, so I chose to do it solo. This meant trying my best to read, understand, and interpret medieval Spanish poems, find multiple outside resources, and then somehow manage to write 15 pages about it in Spanish, all within four days in order to have time to revise it with my tutor. Needless to say, I was terrified. But despite the multiple challenges, and phone calls home crying from being stressed and overwhelmed, I did it! And I am proud of the hard work I submitted!

So, my advice to you future students, and any person really- Don’t be afraid to do it on your own, because you can do it!

Finally, my week came to a close and I was off to Bocas del Toro, Panama! I cannot express enough how absolutely gorgeous it is there and how peaceful and relaxing my week was. I went snorkeling, dolphin watching, held a starfish, read in a hammock, and laid on the beach. While I was there, I even got to enjoy a very cultural moment and celebrate the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, with some Israelis that were also visiting Panama. It was not at all what I expected, but sharing a dinner with these strangers that I had nothing in common with except our religion (and some of their English and Spanish skills) was very inspiring. To me, it really proved why I choose Judaism and what I believe in. And it was very comforting to have people to share the holiday with when I was and am so far away from my home and my family. I also had another fun cultural moment on the bus ride back form Puerto Viejo to San Jose. I sat next to a very nice lady who was working on her math homework. Of course, me being the math nerd that I am, offered my help and spend then next 4 hours explaining algebra to her. I found it to quite fun and it really proved that my Spanish skills are coming along as well!

But now I am back to my Tica reality- cramming homework and eating lots of rice!

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