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What was the saddest moment you have ever seen in your travels?

You would think that seen families in Ecuador live in the mud would be the saddest moment I've ever seen in my travels. But in all honesty, the families I met there were happy. Simple & pure. It was amazing. I learned so much.

  • 22 years old
  • From New York, United States
  • Currently in San Jose, Costa Rica

Aqui Estoy

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Aquí Estoy

Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica  |  Jun 04, 2013
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 It means I will ·hopefully· learn to love another place and be able to call another place home. 

Aquí estoy.  Here I am.  

It´s day number four in San Jose, Costa Rica.  I meant to write an entry before I got here, but time seemed to slip by way too quickly.  I found myself running around my hometown buying different last minute items and spending every possible moment with my family before my 8 week journey here in Costa Rica.  And now, here I am, sitting in the library of La Universidad Vertias with a bunch of Costa Rican art students chatting around me, and I still can´t believe I´m here. 

Being here in Costa Rica means a lot of things to me. It means that everything I´ve dreamed about studying abroad is finally going to happen.  In real life.  It means that I´ll ·hopefully· perfect my eight years of Spanish skills.  It means I will ·hopefully· learn to love another place and be able to call another place home.  It means that I´m going to feel homesick and uncomfortable and out of place.  It means I´m going to feel accomplished and happy and adventurous and at home ·hopefully·.  I´m pretty hopeful and I can´t wait to tell you how everything works out.  I can´t help but feel so lucky to actually be here.

Unfortunately, being in Costa Rica also means missing my little sister´s high school gradauation, senior prom, and birthday.  While this makes me indecribably upset, I know this is where I´m supposed to be right now.  And I think my little sister understands that ·Hi Jac, love ya·. 

I guess I should fill you in a little more on what I´ve been up to these last four days.  First of all, my host family is incredible.  They make me feel so comfortable and have been so supportive and understanding.  We only speak Spanish at home which is extremely helpful.  Yesterday we had orientation all day so it was wonderful to go home, relax, and then eat dinner with my host sister ·same age as my sister!!!· and speak Spanish.  I even watched When Harry Met Sally in Spanish last night while she finished her homework.  It´s really nice feeling like you´re a part of something, especially when you´re in a place so far from home and everything familiar to you.

There are 6 CIS students here for this first session and everyone is really great!  Some students are like me and have done some traveling before, and for others this is their first time out of the country!  We all have one thing in common· we want to make the most of this experience.  I think we´re going to have a lot of fun together!

Tomorrow I find out all the details about my intership while I´m here.  I´m working in an elementary school, but I´m not too sure about any of the details.  Hopefully tomorrow that will all be cleared up and I´ll be able to get into a routine.  This first week is going pretty slow and I´m anxious to really get into a routine.  At the same time, I know that pretty soon all the weeks are going to start flying by and I´m going to wish they would slow down!  For now, I´ll just try to enjoy each moment.  Because I´m here. 

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    Morgan Grubbs wrote: Fri Jun 21, 2013
    que tuanis!!!! I love reading about your adventures!
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    Kevin F wrote: Fri Jun 21, 2013
    Pura vida mae! You'll feel at home in no time!
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    Nikki Fallon wrote: Fri Jun 14, 2013
    I love you kell Griff