Sky vs…Eco-Retreat

Though I grew up in the country, I've never been a fan of the outdoors. Regardless of the weather outside, I typically prefer to be inside with a book. Escaping to an imaginary world is far more fascinating to me than hunting, fishing, or playing sports. In my attempt to avoid the great outdoors, I became a little high maintenance when it came to things like camping. If there was not an actual bathroom and shower, I was not going, thank you... Read More »

On Travel and Feeling Like a Failure

"We all knew you weren't going to make it a year but even I thought you'd make it longer than 2 months." That was the welcome home I received, after a long day of travel and the news my grandfather had died while on my flight home. Similar comments have been said to me - or to others while I was in earshot. "I don't know why you bothered coming home." "I knew she wasn't going to make it the whole year." "You only came home because... Read More »
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Visiting The World’s Only Sloth Sanctuary

Arriving in Costa Rica, there was one thing on my must-do list - visit the world's only sloth sanctuary, located right outside the town of Cahuita on the Caribbean Coast. When it came down to choosing between the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, the only reason I chose Caribbean was my desire to visit the sloth sanctuary. Baby sloths had become an obsession of mine ever since one popped up in my Pinterest feed and everyone who knew I was going to... Read More »
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How Much Spanish Can You Learn in 3 Weeks?

  I arrived in Costa Rica with very limited Spanish knowledge.Though I'd taken the language for two years in high school, I had retained little beyond "Hola" and "Como esta?". Though I knew it would be possible (and inconvenient) to backpack Central America without learning the language, I saw learning Spanish as a sign of respect for the people of these countries. After all, Spanish is one of the most popular languages in the... Read More »
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When Travel Ends Unexpectedly

On March 1, exactly 3 weeks after arriving in Granada, I found myself surrounded by nearly 20 fellow volunteers for one final farewell drink at my favorite place. Just a few hours later, I was walking through the doors of the Managua airport and maneuvering my way through Nicaraguan airport security. Less than 2 months into my trip and I was already heading back to the States. When my mom first told me that my grandfather was in the... Read More »