• 10 Travel Worthy Books

    Receiving my Amazon Kindle as a birthday present a few years ago was one of the best presents.  Not only did it excel my book-worming habits but it also made packing for travel a snap. So e-readers are not new but if you don’t know own one yet you don’t know what you’re missing. After all the extensive travel I did this summer and with my Kindle chock full of amazing books I thought I would share some of my finds that were great to read while on the road. Many of these are available in paperback too. 1. 50 Shades of Grey by EL James Yes I’m being incredibly…

  • I Left My Heart In Costa Rica

    I left my heart in Costa Rica. It’s true. I can not tell a lie. As the Summer fades away I can’t help but be saddened by how much I miss Costa Rica. It’s been a few months now since I’ve been home and back to the daily grind but almost everyday I think about Costa Rica and the children whose faces I miss (even when I didn’t think I would). So while I’ve been having nostalgia for this awesome country I thought I might share with you the things I miss about Costa Rica and the things I don’t (I mean really don’t). Bad news first: I hate to break it…

  • I’m Coming Home: Final Day’s In Costa Rica

    Let me just start by saying that two weeks in Costa Rica was NOT enough time. I literally had the time of my life while I was there and no I’m not just talking about the partying. My last few day’s in San Pedro were amazing. Let me break it down for you. Thursday  This was my last official day volunteering for my project. There was one girl who I know was going to be really sad to learn it was my last day.  But to my surprise it was really ALL of my kids who were really sad.  Not only was my class really appreciative of all the hard…

  • ESL Costa Rica 2012 {Photos}

    I realized that while I’ve been writing everyday that I’m here most of you haven’t seen many of the photos I’ve been taking. Here are a few of the students and the fun we’ve been having!

  • Making Menus In Costa Rica: Day 9

    I had one of my best lessons as an ESL teacher thus far. We have been working on introducing new vocabulary to the children and decided to work on food. More importantly the different foods they eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. That being said we thought it would be fun to create their own restaurant menus. After reviewing a lot of different vocabulary we began to demonstrate what a menu looked like and what it consisted of. By creating a menu on the board we broke down each part and explained how it looked and how much each item cost. It was amazing which children had no idea which…

  • Quirks Of Costa Rica: Day 5

    Well its been five days here and its going by so quickly. Writing everyday while I’m here has been new and also challenging for me–I don’t usually write every single day. While I’ve been here for five days there have been many quirks about Costa Rica that I’m finally starting to get used too. I’m sure this list will grow longer as my time progresses here but for today’s post I thought I’d share some of the quirks that make Costa Rica, Costa Rica. You can’t throw toilet paper in the toilet. True Story–it takes some getting used too but it’s probably the most inconvenient thing that I’m currently dealing with. I…

  • Exhausted In Costa Rica: Day 3

    I think that the title of my post really says it all. Today was an exhausting day. 5:45am Wake up! Really hard to do considering that we had gone out the night before. However we didn’t stay too late but late enough when your waking up early. I should mention that last night was really fun and the bars in Costa Rica are so laid back and CHEAP! I sampled some awesome orange beer and I really wish I had taken a photo but its not really safe to bring your phone out with you at night, especially at crowded bars. Anyways… 6:30am Shovel in breakfast for 15minutes and then…