During the first week in Costa Rica, each day has been easier and more comfortable. My host parents are extremely kind and have made every effort to help me feel at home. Now with one weeks worth of Spanish Lessons, I believe my ability to communicate with the locals has already increased. We are staying in Guacema in Alajuela and have taken to visiting surrounding cities independently with other students. The natives (called Ticos) make traveling around safe and easy. With plenty of museums to visit, including the Museum of Gold, the National Museum of History, and the National Theatre, there will never be a lack of places to visit. I look forward to the continued adventures in the weeks to come. Carla P.