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Adios America!

The day is finally here, and I am going to Costa Rica! I found out that I was accepted into this program over the summer, which did not feel that long ago. Now fast forward five months and I am all packed and heading to the airport. Before I left…
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Studying coffee

One of the best parts of this program is the lab. We had two labs, coffee cupping and brewing. As a person who never learned anything about coffee. These two labs really taught me a lot. The coffee cupping taught us how to distinguish the fragrance, break and aroma of…
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Pre-trip Jitters

17 November 2016 6:30 p.m.: Athens, GA I am currently sitting in my apartment with my roommates. Leaving is finally sinking in! I finished packing in two hours, and I feel as though I haven’t had the time to really give much though to my upcoming adventure. I couldn’t be…
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Missing Costa Rica already!

It has been a week since we came back from Costa Rica. After a whole week of exams and presentations, I eventually have time to look all the pictures and think about this wonderful experience. This Coffee tech program gave me the best Thanksgiving experience ever. We visited more than…
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Pura Vida.

“Pura Vida.” You could probably hear this term every single day in Costa Rica. The direct translation could be “pure life”, “hello”, “all good” or “this is life”, but these two words have a far more profound meaning to the Costa Rica culture. It means that no matter what your current…
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Dónde está Costa Rica

I am really excited to have the privilege to go on this trip. To be honest, when I signed up this program I knew nothing about Costa Rica, except it is a country in Central America. From the syllabus, I know I will stay at UGA Costa Rica Ecolodge and…
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Five Things

If you learn anything, know what a cajuela is. Appreciate wi-fi and warm showers. You better love rice and beans. Bring rain gear. Make memories that will last a lifetime. This is my advice to you, future travelers. Costa Rica was a country that gave me everything. I was able…
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