Before you read the rest of this post, look to the right. There’s a little blurb, underneath that super awesome picture of me. Read it now. I’ll wait.
Did you read it? Good. See how there’s that little word “figuratively”? Well, scratch that word out of the sentence now and put “literally” in its place.
Because I am going abroad.
I have been waiting for this moment for years. I’ve always wanted to travel, and study abroad programs were a big part of my college-decision-making process. Lucky for me, the college I chose has a great one. I’m becoming a fairly decent Spanish speaker (my recent oral exam grade proves it! woo!), and I love warm, beachy climates, so after the spring semester ends, it’s off to Costa Rica!
I’ll be in Spanish classes while I’m there, and I still have a lot of planning and studying to do. But as far as I understand, we are allowed to explore the area as we like when class is not in session, and I cannot wait to discover the beauty of the language and the people — and especially the national parks. Apparently, Costa Rica is the home of actual, real-live sloths. Here at school, I’m affectionately (I think) known as “the sloth” by my friends, so I think it’s decidedly appropriate for me to meet some of them.
My blogging plan for Costa Rica is to post once a week while I’m there. I’ll be taking copious amounts of photos, and I’m sure I’ll need to vent about all the ups and downs of living in a foreign country for the first time. Also — and this is what I’m really excited about — I plan to write each week’s post both in English and Spanish. This is as much for me to practice as it is for any Spanish speakers out there who may stumble upon my blog. The two versions may not be the exact same, as I’m much more fluent in English, but I’m extremely excited to experiment.