6 weeks later…

So I am really bad at maintaining this blog! I figured that I would struggle, as I was never able to keep a diary as a child, but I did not think that I would be sitting here trying to catch up on the past 4-5 weeks of my life. I suppose that doesn’t sound like much time, but in actuality I have done experienced so much. After much pondering, I have decided that short posts (which knowing me will not be so short) about each major life event are in order. I also have A TON of pictures from most places we’ve been and so it is possible that I will have to make extra posts for that.

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Sunset over the water on after reentering Costa Rica from our 6 day trip to Nicaragua.

I have officially been living abroad for 6 weeks as of today! As I reflect on the past couple of weeks, it becomes more evident than ever that I am an extremely privileged person. Among many other gifts, I have been so lucky to have such a supportive family who encourages me to pursue my dreams and goals and challenge my fears. For that I will be forever thankful. This experience abroad has taught me so much about myself and has also changed me quite profoundly. Just when I needed a break from traditional school and the pressures of college life, I fell into this study abroad opportunity. I actually applied 3 months late, not knowing much about the program or anyone in it, going in only knowing that I could get credits for both of my majors. Perhaps it was that I came in without much information or perhaps it was that I had reached the point in my life when I would fully appreciate my time abroad, or as I like to believe it was the combination, but this experience has over exceeded my expectations ten-fold. I feel so lucky to know each and every person I have met along the way and I am SO grateful for the amazing group of people with whom I get to experience every day. My experience abroad thus far is short in comparison to the actual length of time I will be here but I feel as if I could go home now and be completely fulfilled. Knowing that I have so much more time is a beautiful gift and I could not be more excited to embark on my new adventures.

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Volcan Arenal in Costa Rica on a weekend trip with the crew.

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Enjoying the hotsprings!

I am currently in Bocas del Toro, Panama, working on my Marine Biology class following a few days of vacation. I have finished my time at ICADS and with my first homestay family (whom I was so sad to leave!), I have now lived in 3 new countries: Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama, I have been to some incredible places in Costa Rica for vacation and I am getting ready to head to Platanillo, Costa Rica, to live the rest of the time with a new family and begin work on Pitzer’s nature reserve. I will try my best to capture the essence of each of the places I have been knowing full well that it is nearly an impossible feat. The people who I have called family and the places I have experienced will forever remain in my heart and I hope someday to return. As always, if you have any questions or want me to elaborate further, please let me know and I will do my best!

Wishing you all the best,

B

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Embarking on our adventure through the Mangroves to get to the cave.

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