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Embracing the Pura Vida Lifestyle in Costa Rica

Before I came to Costa Rica, I did not know what to expect. I knew that my daily routine and habits would change once I went abroad.

I start my days with breakfast which is always very healthy! Then I get ready for class and walk to Veritas Universidad. I have an intensive Spanish class for four hours a day! The Spanish class I am taking now is directed towards students who are interested in a career in the medical field. I have learned how to take a complete medical history, blood pressure, and many anatomical terms from this class! It is especially helpful that through CEA I am able to participate in a volunteering program at a local hospital while I am abroad. Not only have I gained a new perspective of the medical field but I am now able to communicate effectively with the healthcare providers there.

After class, my classmates and I will typically go to a local restaurant, or soda, for lunch. These places offer a variety of options – even American cuisine! After lunch, I head back to my house where I finish homework and get ready for the next day! My mama tica always cooks dinner and teaches us about Costa Rican foods. Typically we have ‘casado’ which is a dish Native to this country. It includes rice, beans, plantains, meat, and a salad. It is called ‘casado’ which means married because rice and beans are always served together, as if they were married! I have tried so many new foods since I have arrived here!

Towards the end of the week I always get excited for the weekend! If there is not a trip planned by CEA we are able to travel on our own! I have been to some incredible places and learned so much about the Costa Rican culture. So far, my experience abroad has been amazing! I have embraced the Pura Vida lifestyle and learned to step out of my comfort zone!

Lindsey C. is the Fall 2017 MOJO Blogger in San Jose, Costa Rica. She is currently a Junior majoring in Physician Assistant Studies at Philadelphia University. 

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