Aero: Kelly Bailey – Costa Rica 2016 – Epilogue

… My biggest fear about going to Costa Rica was not being able to connect with my host family or accidentally offending them. Looking back these fears were nothing I should have worried about. … …  Mayra and Pablo were amazing people who were understanding and supportive even when we struggled to communicate. In addition, […]

Aero: Kelly Bailey – Costa Rica 2016 – Travel

… I have left the United States once before this trip so I was prepared for the long airport lines and running to catch flights. Someone always gets held up by security at some point. When flying to Costa Rica we had little to trouble. Same when we left Costa Rica to enter Nicaragua. The […]

Aero: Kelly Bailey – Costa Rica 2016 – Biodiversity

… The climate of Costa Rica allows for tropical plants and animals to flourish. More than once I was told “this species is only found here in the region of Costa Rica!”  The warm environment and volcanic soil creates a mixture that is not paralleled. Central America knows how important is is to preserve the […]

Aero: Kelly Bailey – Costa Rica 2016 – Food and Dining

… The food Mayra cooked us was always delicious. Without fail every meal included rice and beans. Yes, that includes breakfast! In the mornings she would usually made us eggs and pre-toasted toast, which was just hard bread. For dinner we would always have some sort of meat with rice and beans, and a vegetable. […]

Aero: Kelly Bailey – Costa Rica 2016 – Life at Home

… Spending this time at Mayra’s house was my first experience living in someone’s home that was not family. By the end of the trip I felt as though a had a second family. … … Every morning Mayra cooked breakfast for not only us, but for Pablo and Carolina her children. When I say […]

Aero: Kelly Bailey – Costa Rica 2016 – City Life

… The cities of Costa Rica and Nicaragua were amazing and beautiful. Every house was a different bright color, and at the center of each village was a giant church or maybe two. This churches seemed to be always filled with pious people. In the church in Grecia we watched a woman on her knees […]

Aero: Kelly Bailey – Costa Rica 2016 – Learning the Language

… Before going to Costa Rica I knew little to no Spanish. In just two weeks I feel as though I learned a lot of Spanish vocabulary and several important phrases. Yet, I do not feel as though I have the sentence structure and all question phrases down pact. Still I feel as though I […]

Aero: Kelly Bailey – Costa Rica 2016 – My Expectations

… As I look upon my future trip to Costa Rica, I’m nervous about living with the host family. I’m excited to embrace another culture, yet I’m scared to accidentally offend my host family. The hope is to be as respectful as I possibly can without ignoring my identity as an American. … … In […]