Memories of Costa Rica

Almost four years after my first study abroad experience, I remember the excitement and the start of my trip as if it were yesterday.

It was three a.m on January 5th 2008. I knew I was on a journey that would change my life. I was nervous, but so excited to finally study abroad in Costa Rica. After managing customs, baggage claims and a seven hour flight, I was finally there! I remember the warmth and heat of the sun washing over me like a wave. I boarded the bus for the ride from the airport to my host university. When we arrived, we saw fifty-two women standing outside and soon realized that all the host mothers were standing outside waiting for us. There was only one problem: Which one was mine? It’s not that I didn’t have the language skills to ask, but imagine asking fifty woman if they are your host mom. Luckily, even though I didn’t know her, she recognized me. She came over and greeted me warmly, welcoming me to Costa Rica.

That night after unpacking, a city tour and a traditional dinner of gallo pinto (rice and beans) with a salad and other Costa Rican dishes, I went to bed exhausted, but before I fell asleep, I knew that living in Costa Rica would be the best time of my life!

Even today, I look back on that first day and a huge smile appears on my face!

Meagan Muladore
San José, Costa Rica

Photo courtesy of puroticorico.

Author: mdmuladore

Meagan is a two-time alumni of ISA’s San José Costa Rica program, studying first in the Winter 2008 Trimester and for an Intensive Month in 2009. She loved her time in Costa Rica, with its beautiful landscape, genuine people, wonderful food and the collective and inviting nature of the culture. Meagan earned a BA in Secondary Spanish and French Education at Saginaw Valley State University. She is currently studying for her Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language at Central Michigan University. In addition to living in Costa Rica, Meagan has traveled to Ireland, Denmark, Norway and Puerto Rico with family. As a wheelchair-user, Meagan was greatly impressed by ISA’s commitment to accommodate the needs of her physical challenge. She looks forward to joining the team of ISA Global Ambassadors to help create unforgettable study abroad opportunities for other students with various interests and needs as well.

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