Costa Rican Libraries…Oh Wait, There Are None!

One of the things I miss most about the States is their public libraries. It’s very hard to come by libraries in Costa Rica. I rarely ever see them. There will be times when I’ll be driving along a crowded street with scrunched up buildings on both sides and maybe I’d be able to see…

Costa Rican Parking Lots Are The Best

I love underground parking lots in Costa Rica! Mostly because they look like this: (You may be wondering exactly what these are) And I’ll tell you! In the States, it would always take forever for my family to find a parking space. Whenever we thought a space was open, it would turn out to be…

Feria del Gustico 2016

Exactly last week today my mom, her friend, and I all enjoyed the day by going to a number of little cultural, craft, and food fairs and festivals in San Jose! And even a few unplanned ones… When we first drove to San Jose for the festivals, we only knew about the one for crafts….

Look Who I Found At The National Park

  Quite an interesting monument I found in the middle of San Jose’s national park. It was probably even more interesting to me since I had no idea what it was depicting or what it signified. So I went home and decided to investigate! From this picture, you can see that the monument depicts five…

Happy Anniversary of the Battle of Rivas (Juan Santamaria Day)!

Happy Juan Sanatmaria day! Or as some people have come to know it, happy day off school. That’s basically how I’ve come to learn about this Costa Rican holiday because lucky for my school, we get this day off! But I thought I should at least know why we get this day off and its…

Happy Easter!

How are you guys spending your Easter Sunday?  (Stay tuned to find out more about about the photo and where it was taken 🙂

Semana Santa

It’s currently Semana Santa in Costa Rica and we are off for one week this week (kind of like spring break in the States). Other than getting a week off from school, celebrating Easter, and not going to the beach because it’s all booked, I didn’t really know if there was more to Holy Week….

What You Would Expect Our Feria List To Look Like

Our typical grocery list includes: Lettuce Cucumbers Kale Tomatoes, bananas, strawberries, raspberries, mango, papaya, pineapple, and other combinations of tropical fruit Green beans Black beans Plantain chips Carrots Broccoli Cauliflower Red bell peppers Celery Potatoes Spinach Coconut water And the occasional: Zucchini Mushrooms Green Onions Cabbage And apples

The 2016 Ox-Cart Parade

Exactly one week ago today, I had the amazing opportunity to see Costa Rica’s annual ox-cart parade! It was so much fun to see all the artisan designed ox-carts, the beautiful oxen, and the proud boyeros (the men leading their own oxen) because that was what the whole celebration was about! The parade started in…

Museo De Arte Y Diseño

Yes! Finally! I got to go to a museum before school started! You have no idea how happy this made me. Back in Washington D.C, I always loved going to the Smithsonian museums! Whenever we had a three-day weekend or just a day off school, that’s where I always asked to go. Bottom line, I…

Volunteering At La Carpio

The air smelled foul. The ground was littered with trash and rotting fruit. What ran in a trench beside the road was a small stream, a stream with cloudy, murky water. People with big brown eyes would stare at us as we walked by. The houses looked like none I had ever seen before. They…