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Hola Costa Rica!

I have been very blessed in my life to visit several countries with my family and UGA study abroad programs. I have fallen in love with traveling and experiencing other cultures so the decision to go on the Costa Rica Avian Biology Trip was a no-brainer for me. This is a more physically intense…
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El Comienzo (The Beginning)

My parents and I finally arrived in Alajuela, Costa Rica a few days before my CAES Avian Biology study abroad trip began after some interesting turn of events. As we approached the airport in Alajuela, our pilot informed us that the runway lights seemed to be turned off and they…
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Italy Bound

A mix of excitement and nervousness is the only way to describe how I feel at the moment. On the way to the airport I try to imagine exactly what lies ahead, but realize besides the course schedule I have absolutely no idea. This will be my first trip outside…
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Life After France

Now that we have settled back in at home the states, I have had some time to reflect back on my experiences this summer in France. I feel as though I could talk for days about our travels and still never be able to tell you the full story of our experience. Many…
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Paris, the midpoint

Paris is the midpoint of our trip, and it has definitely flown by. It still seems surreal to be so far from home, but seeing such huge travel landmarks really solidifies it. Most of the group travels in a weird half-exhausted, half-energized state that must be typical of tourists. The…
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What I Learned in Costa Rica

I learned  more in Costa Rica than I ever thought would be possible. Waking up to howlers, sleeping to gecko calls, currency exchange rates, BIRDWATCHING, how to hike 101, intermediate photography skills, enjoying whatever is around me, how to mail a postcard, hammock napping, rudimentary Spanish, that I can living…
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La Preparación de Mi Viaje a Costa Rica

That’s pretty much all the Spanish I know. And, here’s another confession. I wrote some notes about my pre-departure thoughts for this blog. Having already been on one fantastic CAES study abroad trip to Costa Rica, I had good intentions of posting an inspirational blog to allay the fears of…
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