Costa Rica: Talk to the Locals

Submitted by Isiah Hiatt on the 2019 winter session program in Costa Rica sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures…

Last week, I noticed something after being here for four weeks. The street signs that tell you this is Calle 1 or Calle 2 are actually attached to the buildings. That is kind of interesting because in the United States we have it at the end of the corner on like a pole, but here they have it on the building that is next to the corner. My time here has been great and I am very sad to leave. It has been great walking around with my friends and talking to the locals. If you ever go abroad, you need to talk to the locals because it really let’s you know what the culture is like and just let’s you get a better feeling for the country. Overall, my study abroad experience has been very interesting. Living with a host family is an amazing experience and as a plus you get to eat some amazing food. I highly recommend visiting Costa Rica on your free time because the locals are always down to talk. They will also always say good morning when you walk by them. When my friends and I were walking to school, we got so many Buenos Días (Good Days). Overall, my study abroad experience was 10/10 and I would highly recommend it to everyone. The only tip I have for someone who wants to go on one is to step out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to talk to the locals.

Picture of the biggest oxcart in the world, found in Sarchí.