I started my journey with the Wandering Scholar expecting it to be completely life changing. It wasn’t quite as drastic as I thought it would be, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t inspire me to continue to explore and take leaps into the unknown. I saw another world that made me want to see all the others out there. I experienced a loving community and a new desire to meet more and more of them.

My favorite moment remains to be the second day in Costa Rica. My group and I were staying in Pura Suerte. In the early morning we hiked to a near by waterfall for a swim. I was not ready for what I saw because this waterfall made my jaw drop. I literally could not close my mouth. It was so stunning! The natural beauty of it was breathtaking and I stared in awe over how Mother Nature could create something so spectacular. Even after an hour of swimming in the warm waters of the pool at the base of the waterfall, my eyes were still wide open, taking in as much as they could. I would fly back to Costa Rica in a heartbeat to in those waters again.

The only thing that could have made that moment any more special was sharing it with my loved ones. That was really the only thing that could have made the entire trip any better. I missed being away from them and I wanted to share every exciting experience with my mom, my dad, my brother, my best friends, and everyone else.

My trip to Costa Rica feels like it came and went but I will always cherish the memories I made there. The Wandering Scholar helped me to keep an open mind. I learned that what is different in the world can be scary at first, but absolutely lovely when you take the time to understand it and appreciate it. In addition, working with my mentor, Katie, prepared me to travel with no expectations and learn to be aware of what was around me and myself. I am now a lifetime Wandering Scholar and I could not feel more blessed for being able to go on this adventure!

(Sydney Kramer)