Fiona Prepares for Her Trip to Costa Rica

Fiona Prepares for Her Trip to Costa Rica

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Costa Rica doesn't seem like much of a foreign place to me when I think about it. When I'm asked what I know about it or what I'm excited about that's when I had to start doing research. I knew the basics like that it borders Nicaragua and Panama and that it has lots of coastlines and it's capitol is San Jose. I found however that I knew little to nothing about the culture or history, which is what I care the most about. I love stories and context. So I started reading whenever I had time. Reading about current politics in Costa Rica, history, main courses, and industries. I found it fascinating how in many cases even families who are not Christian or catholic will have portraits or statues of religious figures in their homes and holy days and religious ceremonies are main ways of demonstrating faith, and also community.

One thing that made me smile was how people described the etiquette in Costa Rica. It seems very friendly and open, but still polite. The social scene doesn't seem that different from one you would see in the U.S. or maybe it's getting to that point, which is still pretty amazing. I've ordered three books on Costa Rica's geography, history, and a cook book ( which I am most excited about!!). 

Getting closer to the trip I will continue to learn more about the country I will be spending so much time in. Also before I go I want to be able to bring my host family something very Portland. I'm not sure what that will be yet, but I want it to not represent Portland how the media represents it, but my Portland, the one I grew up in, the place I call home. I know things about Portland other people don't, I'm sure my host family will know things about their city other people don't. I want to be able to share with them a piece of my home, just like they are sharing their home with me.