Aero: David Whitt – Costa Rica 2016 – City Life

… At home, I live in the middle of the City of Canandaigua, so I am used to city life, but city life in Alajuela was much different. A couple major differences was that Alajuela is much louder all times of the day, had heavier traffic, and it is much harder to cross the roads. […]

Aero: David Whitt – Costa Rica 2016 – Life at Home

… My host family was Maria Marta and Big Marco, and their two sons Marco and Daniel. Walking into the house, we realized that the house was very beautiful! Very neat and tidy, spacious, and had a beautiful backyard with plants all around. They immediately gave an impression that they were very friendly and family-oriented, […]

Aero: David Whitt – Costa Rica 2016 – Learning the Language

… Leading up to the trip, I knew that the biggest challenge for me would be communicating in another language. In Middle School and High School, I struggled in every Spanish class I took, so that gave me a sense that I would be in for a struggle. When we arrived at the airport, after […]

Aero: Ana Northrop – Costa Rica 2016 – Epilogue

… After losing my plane ticket going through security I thought “great, not starting this trip off in a good way”.  After arriving at the airport and having my host family happily waiting for us I realized small things like that don’t even matter anymore.  I was so nervous before i left of the unknown […]

Aero: Ana Northrop – Costa Rica 2016 – Travel

… I don’t think I’m good at the actual travel part of traveling. I’m good once I get to my destination. An example of this was when we were at the airport to leave for the trip and after going through security I lost my plane ticket.  It was a small struggle to get another […]

Aero: Ana Northrop – Costa Rica 2016 – Biodiversity

… When on the airplane the thirty minutes before when we were going to land I was just looking out the window in amazement at the mountains and green forests. In the airport you could see that we were in a valley surrounded by those mountains and no matter where we went outside of Alajuela […]

Aero: Ana Northrop – Costa Rica 2016 – Food and Dining

… At home we would have breakfast every day.  It was usually fruit, toast with jam, butter or cream cheese, juice, and tea.  Occasionally Maria would switch it up and make breakfast sandwiches or cheese tortillas.  She would do all of the cooking at breakfast and dinner, I would offer to help but she said […]

Aero: Ana Northrop – Costa Rica 2016 – City Life

… Most of the cities in Costa Rica we saw if not all of them are centered on a church and a park.  The church faces east which is how directions are given by people who live there.  There are not really any street names so you go by blocks and direction from the church […]

Aero: Ana Northrop – Costa Rica 2016 – Life at Home

… One of the most significant things I noticed about families in Costa Rica is the large amount of love they show publicly.  The children lock arms with their parents or hug them at an older age where here in the U.S it wouldn’t be considered “cool” to do that in public.  Here that could […]

Aero: Ana Northrop – Costa Rica 2016 – Learning the Language

… Before I left I thought language was not going to be as hard for me due to the amount of people that speak it around me all the time.  However, when I observed people speaking I noticed they talk much faster than who I hear at my job. … … I managed to pick […]