2016: the year of ambition

I don’t know about you but I’m feeling 22!
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Saying goodbye to 2015

Between just returning home from a semester abroad (which included organizing my bedroom/life since I left it a mess the last time I was here in August) and the food/family-filled craziness of the holidays and moving into school, I am just getting around to thinking more in depth about the year we are leaving behind.
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Hasta luego, Costa Rica!

COSTA RICA –> USA I knew the day would come that I would be heading home from Costa Rica but it always seemed so far away. It feels like just yesterday that I was packing up my heavy, overstuffed bags and heading to the airport in preparation for this journey. You know what they say;
SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA Another year, another Thanksgiving spent abroad.   
In light of all that is going on in the world right now, in particular last week’s terrorist attacks in the city of Paris, France, Facebook has allowed its users to change their profile pictures to the colors of the French flag. However, there is a big disagreement, and while those who disagree are 100% entitled
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Bocas del Toro, Panamá

When homesickness hits

SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA If you know me at all you know that I’m generally a very happy, upbeat, and positive person. However, just like anyone else, some days are tougher than others when it comes to keeping a smile on my face. I’m not naive enough to think that every day can be all

Exactly where I need to be

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA You know those days that leave you exhausted to the point where, at the end of the day, you wonder ‘how did I get through that’? Today felt like one of those days. Where I wondered if I was getting myself in over my head but also knew I could handle

Life lessons from little ones

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA This morning my students didn’t want to listen to me and this afternoon my autistic preschooler bit my belly ring through my shirt and drew blood. So today has included a lot of realizing that not every day as a teacher will be wonderful but it’s those wonderful days, and those

1 month in Costa Rica update

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA I have officially been in Costa Rica for just over a month and am loving every second of the pura vida lifestyle! I’ve been taking advantage of all the opportunities here and have spent nearly every weekend traveling to other parts of this gorgeous country. A few cool things that have been
Montezuma, Costa Rica For my friends and me, deciding where to go the upcoming weekend is always a difficult choice. We basically end up looking at the board of trips outside Tico Viajero, the travel office at Universidad Veritas and choose one at random. For this particular weekend, we met up at my house for

Video: Hurricane- Halsey cover

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Tortuguero, Costa Rica Friday: The last weekend in September was a long weekend and- imagine that!- we had no plans whatsoever. I decided to take a trip to Tortuguero, Costa Rica with my friends Oneil and Mike. We found out the best way to get there was a bus from San José to Cariari, then another
RIO PACUARE, COSTA RICA On September 15, Día de Independencia in Costa Rica, we didn’t have school so my friends and I decided to go on a white water rafting excursion. I had never gone rafting before so I really had not a clue what to expect, but I’m always up for trying something new so

Pura vida! Estoy en Costa Rica

SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA Hola!!!! I know this post has been a long time coming since I’ve been in Costa Rica for about two and a half weeks (time FLIES!) but better late than never, right? For those of you who don’t already know, I am spending this semester in San José, Costa Rica teaching
MANUEL ANTONIO, COSTA RICA I’ve been lucky enough to already have made some great friends here and we decided there was no better time to go on our first weekend trip than the first weekend! I had read about some must-sees in Costa Rica and one of them was Manuel Antonio on the Pacific coast.
I’ve pretty much already told everyone I know about the newest vegetarian restaurant in my area: 21 Oak in Manchester, Connecticut. Easily located at 21 Oak Street (props for being simple to remember!) right off of Main Street, in the same small building that was previously a family-owned restaurant, it’s so nice to have a welcoming vegetarian
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Trouble in paradise

San José, Costa Rica I know I have yet to write an actual post about being in Costa Rica yet, but I promise it’s in the works. I have literally had next to no time to even stop and think; it’s been go go go since I arrived in San José a week and a half ago-
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