A Bittersweet Ending

Now that going home is in the very near future, I completely understand how my friends felt when they were a week and a half away from leaving. The little things that I used to be able to laugh off now suddenly take a bigger weight on my day because I know soon that I’ll no longer have to deal with it and then I become more ready to leave (not excited for all my packing though).

Things I am going to miss about Costa Rica:

1. My Tica Family: it’s hard to be in someone’s life for so long, with great value in the relationship and then never know if you will see them again. I hope with all my heart that we can keep in touch and when my Spanish improves, we can talk in-depth.

2. Being stress free: there isn’t much to worry about here. Even when buses don’t work out or we don’t know how to do something, there’s no reason to worry…it will all work out somehow, probably in a way we don’t understand.

3. Having time to explore every weekend: although it’s very draining on sleep, energy, and money it’s been incredible to experience new things every weekend. While I can still do this in the US, there are many more things eating at my time.

4. The rich Costa Rican culture and pride: These people are so happy to be Ticos. Win or Lose. In good times and in bad.

5. Sunset and mountains: Come on. Who doesn’t love walking outside and seeing lush, green mountains everywhere they go.

Things I am really looking forward to at home:

1. My family and friends: it’s been very lonely as of late since all my friends have left. I’m excited to be reunited with them and hear all about their wonderful summers.

2. Not having to smile, laugh, and nod my head in understanding for things I don’t actually understand and being able to be present in all conversations. I will admit that I am not always paying attention to conversations only because I don’t know what’s going on. Sometimes I’ll express that I don’t understand and if someone explains it to me in a different way and I still don’t get it – I’ll probably just smile and nod in comprehension. It will be nice to no longer have to do this and be able to talk my normal amount again (I’m sure everyone at home is just thrilled that I had all this talking energy built up).

3. Being able to eat only things I enjoy eating, the amount I want, and no gluten (who would have thought I’d ever say that last one): My Mama Tica LOVES serving me, which is so lovely. But I am excited to be able to choose what to eat and when I want it.

4. Being able to help: Its been so hard to lend a hand either because I don’t know what is going on or I can’t understand the direction. I can’t wait to be home and know how to help people.

5. My independence: Being able to drive, go places alone, understand how to get around, being able to ask questions for myself and accomplish simple tasks without needing to ask someone for a translation.

 

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VANDY NATION

Even though it’s been incredibly difficult to be as invested in following the Vanderbilt Baseball team’s College World Series journey while in Costa Rica as I have been with World Cup, I couldn’t be prouder to be a COMMODORE ⚓️⬇️!!!! This team and Coach Corbin have worked incredibly hard to get to this point – they deserve it so much. LOOK OUT WORLD – VANDERBILT NOW HAS TWO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.

#ATFD

It has made me realize that I need to
take advantage of the incredible sports game I can attend for free while at Vanderbilt. So here is to making up for lost time and getting back something I have missed from high school – being your schools #1⃣ fan (or at least one of them).

#godores #anchoringdownaroundtheworld #blackandgold

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To my incredible parents

Before I write about any more of my experience so far, I need to remember how I got to be in the place that I am. Truthfully, I can sum it up into two words: my parents. 389046_4344481655382_1316029922_nIt might be cliché, but without them I would not be the person I am or able to do the things I have done. These two people have given me the chance to experience the world, shared my stories, and been there for me when I was thrown a curveball. They brought me up with the understanding that these  types of trips can change your entire outlook on the world. As I realize that they would give anything (both time, money, and love) for me to live this life, I am eternally grateful. They have given me a life of happiness, care, and love.

Beyond this trip reminding me how lucky I am to have these two as my parents, I am reminded of something else: at the end of the day family is the most important thing. It doesn’t matter how much you do, how 532315_4344478775310_1971250823_nmuch you see, how much you care – if you don’t have the loved ones to share it with. I am always going to have the urge to travel, to experience, to meet new people – but I am fully understanding that being a present member of your family is one of the most beautiful gifts you can ever give and receive.  Hopefully you are lucky enough to even be able to share all the travels and dreams together.

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Thank you

Shoutout to all my family, friends, and strangers (?) who are reading this blog. It truly means a lot to me that I am able to share my journey and help you experience a taste of this incredible country.