I have officially left Costa Rica! I’m so excited to be going home… First thing I want is a long hot shower 🙂 and then all of the American food I am craving 😀
My trip was so amazing and such a great experience. I can’t wait to go back to Costa Rica and study abroad again. I learned more Spanish in two weeks than I have through high school and the two semesters I just did in college. The teachers at CPI actually help and take their time teaching you one on one. The people in Costa Rica are so friendly as well and always helped me when I didn’t know how to say something. My host family in Monteverde was absolutely the best and helped me learn a lot outside of school as well. Being immersed in the culture also made it a lot easier to learn Spanish because that’s what you had to speak to talk to many people in Monteverde or your family. All of the excursions we went on made the trip so much more fun and memorable. Flamingo was really nice because of the beach but the people here weren’t as friendly. The host families were a little different as well compared to Monteverde. We also had to be really careful walking anywhere and we were advised to walk together and never alone. It was just a scary feeling even walking to and from the bus stop sometimes. Monteverde was a much more comfortable atmosphere. After staying a week in Flamingo and not feeling very welcomed by my host family I was more than ready to go home. The culture is so much different than what I am used to, but it is very interesting seeing how different it is in another country.