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Pre-departure: Costa Rica

At this time tomorrow I will be in Costa Rica! It has been a long wait since I applied for the program several months ago, but the semester has flown by and departure is less than 24 hours away. Planning the final details of any international trip can be stressful,…
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Pre-Departure

It is less than a day before I head off to Costa Rica and I have nothing packed.  I’ve only ever traveled out of the country once when I was twelve and my mom did my packing for me, so I don’t consider myself a professional international packer. What’s the…
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Coffee Coffee Coffee

Hey Guys, I recently went on the Coffee: From Bean to Cup study abroad in Costa Rica. On the trip, we visited several coffee farmers and learned about coffee production. This blog post is going to be about my favorite farmer of the entire trip, Oldemar. In most cases, coffee…
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‘during-time’ and ‘post-time’

Since the Wifi was flaky during the trip, I’ll cover both ‘during-trip’ and ‘post-trip’ in one blog. During-trip Before the trip, I was both nervous and excited about checking out the Rainforest. My perception or thoughts about the rainforest included: poisonous bugs, poisonous snakes, poisonous plants and super dark. How…
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Costa Rica During Trip Reflections

While staying on the UGA campus in Costa Rica, we stayed in dorm-like rooms with roommates.  The rooms were very nice, however, you needed a flashlight to travel around campus at night because they had limited outside lighting and it got very dark in the mountains where we were.  Campus…
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Costa Rica Post-Trip Reflections

The trip to Costa Rica was wonderful!  I learned so much about coffee and my luggage and clothes still smell like coffee beans.  Costa Rica was stunningly beautiful and I am so fortunate to have had this opportunity to study abroad there.  Talking with the local farmers there gave me…
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Beans, Beans, and More Beans

I cannot believe how many beans I’ve consumed since coming here. We literally have beans for breakfast, for lunch, and for dinner! That is a lot of beans! Thankfully, I have not grown tired of them yet! The food is all seasoned so well that I can not complain one…
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Before it All Begins…

I leave for Costa Rica in less than a week!   To be honest, it really has not hit me yet. I have been so busy with projects, work, and last minute assignments that Costa Rica is the last thing that has been on my brain. But I really should…
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