Category: Location

La Ultima Semana en San José

This past Friday was my last day in Costa Rica. I had to end my program a bit early, so I did my best to take everything in during my last week. I spent most of my time in the library at the University of Costa Rica campus finishing up my final presentations, and between ...

El Ultimo Viaje: La Lucha Sin Fin

This past weekend, ICDS coordinated our last program trip together with the Sustainable Development and Social Justice students. We visited Finca la Lucha, a community where Jose Figueres Ferrer- more commonly called Don Pepe by the people of Costa Rica- used to live and work. He was the president who famously abolished the Costa Rican ...

Exploring San José Solo

This week was a bit slower than others, so I took the opportunity to explore new activities in the city on my own. I happened to come across an art gallery across the street from Costa Rica’s National Museum on TikTok, and I saw that they offer sip and paint sessions on the weekends for ...

Developing Language Skills Abroad

This past weekend ICDS took all of the students on a trip to Punta Leona, Jaco. This was my second time visiting Jaco, but last time my best friend, Remiah, wasn’t with me. So, this time was a lot more fun! We started off doing a group hike/tour through Carara National Park. Carara is an ...

Sleepless Nights, Sleepless Flights: The Trials of Pre-Departure

(December 30, 2021) Although I haven’t yet physically commenced my journey to Singapore, preparing for this trip has been quite the journey in itself. As I lie here in bed at 1AM on Thursday, December 30, the first day of the long 31-hour journey ahead, the reality is beginning to hit me – I’ll be ...

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Bombazar in San José

This past weekend, I was able to go to an annual thrifting event named Bombazar. It was essentially like one big pop-up shop for different vendors and thrift stores to set up- everything ranging from clothes, shoes, accessories, to even old radios and keyboards and general antique items could be found! I was on a ...

Befriending Locals in San José!

We just wrapped up week four out of 12 here in Costa Rica. As I mentioned in my last post, I need to be more money-conscious so I’ve decided to sit out on the weekend excursions for now and spend more time closer to my own neighborhood. Also, since I spend so much time with ...

Jacó, Guanacaste & Limón

Since I lasted posted, I’ve spent the past few weekends traveling far outside of San José to the “must-see” parts of the country. Our first stop was Jacó during our second free weekend, which is a known tourist hot-spot. The sustainability program students collaborated together to get an Airbnb five minutes away from the beach- ...

Until Next Time…

On December 23rd, I returned back home to the U.S. the same day. It felt great to be home! I was lucky that I still had funds in my SEPTA Key for the 2 hour train ride and remembered how to navigate the SEPTA Regional Rail’s schedule and maps. If not, I would be stuck ...

Weihnachtsmarkt

November 29 Feeling confident for the interview! November 30 The Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) in Germany is something I have been looking forward to ever since I was accepted into the study abroad program. However, Germany has been hit heavily with the next wave of COVID-19, and things are getting quite grim over here. My original ...