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Hola Family and Friends,

I am now back in the US sorting through my pictures and reflecting on my time traveling and volunteering
in Costa Rica.  Here are the ups and downs of my trip to Costa Rica this summer...   

- continuing to conquer my fear of heights by canyoneering and ziplining
- meeting 11 other cool travelers from all over the world
- having an amazingly organized guide show us the beaches, rainforest, and mountains of Costa Rica
- Costa Rican sunsets over the Pacific Ocean
- horseback riding, hiking, rafting, snorkeling, sunbathing,...just plain being active
- playing foosball in McDonalds with some Tico kids
- active volcanoes, beautiful national parks, white sand beaches, lush green rainforests everywhere 
- all the numerous and interesting wildlife, on land, in the air, and in the sea
- getting to know a Tico family and their culture by living with them for 3 weeks
- eating my Tica mother's amazingly rich food
- taking one-one-one Spanish lessons at my house with an awesome teacher, Juanita
- making myself speak Spanish everyday, and Loving it
- hanging out with Melissa for a weekend in Manuel Antonio, a beautiful Pacific beach city
- going on a tour of the Cafe Britt plantation
- going to my first professional soccer game with one of my Tico brothers and his son
- accepting that my time in Costa Rica would be very different than last summer in India, and enjoying myself anyway
- dancing, talking, eating, sharing, smiling, and laughing a lot with my Tico family and fellow travelers

- mosquito bites
- tons of cockroaches, fist-sized spiders, 1-2 inch long ants, etc in my bedrooms and in my beds
- being disappointed by the "volunteering" part of my trip because there were too many volunteers and not enough need where I was placed
- feeling like I had no purpose at the school where I volunteered (very different experience than last summer in India). It's very important for me to feel a purpose in my work, especially overseas
- leaving my Tico family at the was very sad and difficult to leave them, especially my mother

Well, thanks for reading and sharing my summer travel experiences with me again. I will send links to my photos once I've organized them and posted them on Shutterfly.

Kelly :-)
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