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I Don’t Want to Leave

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s Thanksgiving back in the states and I’m a little bummed about not being with family today, but we are still celebrating here in Costa Rica!  Last night a few of us made pecan and pumpkin pies, oreo balls, and chocolate covered pecans and we’re having a Thanksgiving…
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Through the looking glasses

Imagine having the land above as your backyard. Now throw you back into the intense scene of the New York coffee trade floor, of yearly price predictions, of crop area and production strategies. On the one hand, the beauty of nature has instilled in you an appreciation for the beauty…
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The day has come!

As I stow my final items away into my luggage, it dawns on me that this time tomorrow I will be waking up in a new country! Having never been in a tropical ecosystem, I find it hard to imagine what I may discover in this unknown land. Excitement and the…
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Pre Costa Rica reflection

At the beginning of the semester I was so excited about Costa Rica, I spoke to anyone I knew who went because I had a ton of questions! I wanted to know if needed to take rain boots (the answer is no, to those who want to know), what was…
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Pre-departure thoughts: To journal for knowledge

I thought there is not much I can do to prepare myself for a trip to Costa Rica. For traveling experience, I am somewhat decently equipped. For knowledge on coffee and the country, on the other hand, I could learn more and more yet never have enough. Preparation can be…
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