Wow! It’s so crazy how time flies by! Just little over a month ago I was enjoying the Costa Rican Lifestyle. Now I’m back home doing the same crazy routine of working and getting prepared for school.
Before the trip, I never thought that going to another country would change my point of views for the rest of my life. Once I arrived in the village of San Salvador, I was worried about the condition of the home were I stayed in but the people were so loving and caring, the conditions of my host family’s house did not matter one bit after. Since i’ve got back home, I keep on referencing Costa Rica because the experience was SO incredible!
Since the trip, I have become more grateful of my family because I know they will always be there for me no matter what. I also really appreciate my home and all that I have in life. Back in Costa Rica, the people in the village were very appreciative of their family. They showed me that family will always be around no matter what the circumstances are.
What inspired me the most while I was in Costa Rica was seeing how happy the people were. Everyone in the village got along and they just appreciate life so much. They appreciate every little thing they have, which I think is drastically different from what I have.
My favorite memory in Costa Rica was surfing. We had so much fun that I don’t think anyone took pictures. I really miss my host family because they always kept a smile on my face. They really made me feel like I was part of their family.
Once I got back home, it was surprisingly really easy for me to adapt back to everything. I think that was because I was kind of looking forward to my bed where I didn’t have to worry about any insects crawling over me in the middle of the night.
Overall, this trip was an AMAZING experience and if I had the opportunity to do it again, I TOTALLY would. read more →
It has now been almost TWO weeks since I’ve came from Costa Rica. Two weeks ago, I was in a different country, with people who I had never even met in my life. It’s crazy how time flies! I am SO honored that I was chosen to take the trip to Costa Rica. I can honestly say, the trip has dramatically changed my view in life. I was able to gain not only physical but also mental strength. In addition, I was able to do MANY things out of my comfort zone.
About 3 days into the trip, we hiked to a beautiful waterfall. Now hiking isn’t my type of thing but I was open to do it. Little did I know, how crazy scary and dangerous it was. Hiking down to the waterfall, I felt like I was in a movie because the hike was such an adventure. Every step I slid on the mug because it was so wet and sticky. There was also a time where I almost broke down in tears because I had to cross on a pah that was so high and I have a fear of heights.
Once I reached the waterfall, as I was just about to dip m y feet in the water, I stubbed my toe against a rock and my whole to nail lifted. I didn’t notice at first until I looked down and noticed a stream of blood on the ground. I then started to feel my whole foot hurt. Seconds later I started to feel my toe sting. I was able to get to one of the leaders and tell them about my foot. I then hiked BACK up with a RIPPED off toenail.
Honestly, I am happy that I went through that pain because it greatened my strength and also, who else can share a story about their toenail being ripped off in Costa Rica?
Staying with my homestay family made me SO much more appreciative for what I have. The conditions that my host family lived in were drastically different from the conditions I live in but I was not as disturbed by them as I thought I would be. Once I arrived at my homestay, it was easy for me to settle in and I instantly adapted to the family’s way of living. My host family was also extremely nice and welcoming. They made sure I was comfortable and was enjoying my stay. I especially enjoyed my family because they reminded me of my own family. I remember on the first night I arrived, there was a spider climbing down the wall and I looked up to a nest of spiders right above my bed. My Walking Tree buddy explained to them my fear of spiders and the next day, all the spiders were gone. That one little act showed that the family cared about my stay.
Everyone in the village was extremely welcoming. Everyone was so welcoming and kind. I felt like I joined a little family. It was amazing how closely everyone within the village were. They would live MILES apart but still know each other and know where each other lives. Staying in the community showed me how a community is suppose to be. They showed that no matter what happens, they will always stick together. I also learned the importance of family because no matter what, anything can happen to the one you love so I am now very appreciative of everyone in my life. My trip to Costa Rica was very eye opening for me and I wouldn’t have traded my ticket for the world! Thank you Wandering Scholars! read more →
Today was a VERY busy day. Most people who are departing from a trip that is almost two weeks would probably spend their time saying goodbye to close family BUT I went some last minute shopping today. I feel very accomplished and although I didn’t get to say goodbye to my nana, I am happy that my To Do list before I leave is completed.
With only a couple of hours until getting on my flight and departing for Costa Rica, I am excited, nervous, and anxious all at once. I super excited to meet everyone that I will be traveling with. I’m really nervous about the plane ride considering this is going to be my first time in a plane let alone an airport.
A lot is going through my head both good and bad. I definitely will miss my family because they are a big part of my life. I will also miss my bed, my mom’s food and oh… work! I know it may seem weird that I’m going to miss work but I love my job and the people that work there. I am really looking forward to starting my service project and learning new things! I think the topic I chose to do my documentation project on is very intriguing to me because I am a foodaholic. I also can’t wait to meet my host family…I hope they like my gift!
I am really proud that all my hardwork for becoming a Wandering Scholar is finally going to pay off while I am on this trip. All the research and blog post were worth completing. Now, my adventure can begin! read more →
“No matter how many pictures we could have taken, no matter how high the resolution, no camera could have accurately captured the breathtaking, luminous elegance of the beach sunset. This journey has stripped me of my predictable, surface humanitarian tendencies and aroused my inner global citizen. Now…how’s THAT for culture shock?”— Precious Ekeanyanwu, Costa Rica