So approximately 28 hours before take off and I am hiding behind the stress of the semi overbearing blog and twitter responsibilities to escape from the true over excitement of the realities that I am about to embark on an amazing journey never even seemingly possible prior to my acceptance. I am so ready yet also terrified. In my community, it seems to be a habit to simply give up or not try to be great when things get tough. And tough things are a constant. I have pushed for many years running from that stigma of self degradation. Yet I find myself before Senior year afraid of becoming more than is expected, going on a trip many have only dreamed of and I am procrasinating on packing. This truly will help me out of the web fear holding down many individuals in my community and life, while directly showing the possibilites of what can come from pushing through the fear. I am nervous to take this step but….I truly am ready!! Thank you Wandering Scholar for alloting me my first step to greatness.
If you’re like most people you are probably very worried about what is essential for your baggage!! But wait no more as I will give you a brief overview of what is bare minimum on your trip to any Coastal Equator like place! First things first organize 10 pair of socks! Get a pair of sandals as well, however just in case bring socks for comfort and warmth! Also bring 4-5 shirts, 1 of which is kind of fancy as you may want to look nice for a day or two. Also bring 2 to 3 pairs of shorts for comfort in warm humid weather! Some everyday working pants ×2 for all occasions (not just jeans). Don’t forget hygenic materials as well!! Such as toiletries, lotions, toothbrushes (or bristles), etc. Hopefully it’s self explanatory. Don’t forget a rain jacket and about two long sleeves as well. It would also help to bring along Mosquito repellent and sunscreen as sun burns and mosquito bites are very plausible! As well as other more dangerous possibilites so be safe a bring what you need! Then of course athletic shoes, and hiking shoes accompanied by sandals. A sun hat! And Gloves for service projects. Finally last but certainly not least of the absolute basic minimum of things to bring….A water bottle!! Dehydration is a true ordeal and the best way to prevent bodily collapse is to in fact stay hydrated! In humid places of unknown feeling to your body acclimation takes time and hydration helps your body get on its general flow. read more →
A note from TWS: It is important that our Wandering Scholars prepare for their journeys by researching their host country before they leave home. The below post is the product of an assignment in which we ask our Scholars to read and share something interesting they’ve learned about Costa Rica’s history, culture, or politics.
Costa Rica at first glance is seemingly a tropical experience full of wildlife, exquisite culture, and amazing adventure. However there are also misconceptions, many of which I’ve learned aren’t close to reality.
These include believing that the drinking water is unsafe, lacking familiarity with the region’s currency, and thinking that it’s possible to travel there without proper Identification.
First off, you can drink Costa Rican water. Costa Rica is an established democratic society and has put much effort in to water purification systems and techniques. Much like any coastal area, it is important to simply be weary if water consumed is from the ocean or rivers, which present a higher risk of harmful bacteria. Secondly, U.S currency is used everwhere! And sometimes even preferred, and since the cost of living is even equal, it seems we shouldn’t expect a huge price deal on everything we buy. Finally, even though Costa Rica is not an island, that doesn’t mean we can simply drive their or go without a passport!!! Its an international territory and requires proper identification!
The lesson is: I’m glad I won’t let these misconceptions get in the way of my experience.