Emily in Costa Rica

Emily is a junior studying public relations and strategic communication in Meadows School of the Arts, with minors in Spanish and English in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. During summer 2013, she is participating in SMU-in-Costa Rica with SMU Abroad, an intensive Spanish program at the National State University.

Tirimbina, Costa Rica

After a long week of classes and presentations, Tirimbina was the perfect day trip and escape from our daily lives in Heredia! A short two-hour drive from Heredia, we arrived just in time for our chocolate tour. However, to get to our chocolate tour, we had hike through the rainforest (seeing a Toucan was definitely a highlight) and cross the longest suspended bridge in the country, walking high above rivers and the rainforest. Scary moments when the bridge would sway back and forth proved to be worth every minute when we came to the tiki hut set up for the chocolate demonstration (see photo to the right). The next hour and a half flew by as we learned about the history [...]

2013-06-24T19:44:52+00:00 June 20th, 2013|Emily in Costa Rica|

Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Have you ever been somewhere and felt like it was surreal? Like you were in a dream, and that there is no way this could be real life? Our trip to Manuel Antonio this past weekend was full of these experiences. If you’re considering a trip to Costa Rica, I would highly suggest adding a few nights in Quepos/Manuel Antonio to your “To Do” list. We stayed at the Hotel Karahe, right next to the beach. While the rooms were a little dark and uninviting, the view and direct access to the beach were phenomenal. The hotel grounds are immaculate, flush with trees and wildlife. Monkeys swing from the trees right next to the pool. (Just make sure to stay [...]

2015-01-06T14:30:37+00:00 June 11th, 2013|Emily in Costa Rica|

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

It is hard to believe that tomorrow marks the halfway point of my Costa Rican adventure! Heredia is just starting to feel like home as we get into the routine of class, our families and exploring Costa Rica. This weekend was a particularly memorable part of our trip as we traveled to La Fortuna for two days and one night! The trip to La Fortuna is a scenic, four-hour drive through many mountains and valleys. Upon arriving at the Hotel del Silencio del Campo, it is difficult to miss the beauty of the volcano so near to the hotel grounds. Each luxury cabin houses four people, and the cabins are beautifully decorated and maintained. It’s hard to beat relaxing in a natural [...]

2013-06-24T15:31:43+00:00 June 5th, 2013|Emily in Costa Rica|

San Jose and Cartago

What a crazy weekend it was here in Heredia! Despite the seemingly constant rain, we managed to pack our weekend full of interesting activities, rain or shine! Our weekend started on Friday, as we traveled to the province of Alajuela to have a day full of team-building activities in the beautiful mountains. Between scavenger hunts and learning the dance of the province of Limón, I came back to Heredia not only soaking wet, but amazed by the beauty of Alajuela. On Saturday, we traveled by public bus to the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose. San Jose was bustling as people flocked to the central market and other historical sights. The central market had everything from fruits and vegetables to [...]

2013-06-24T15:25:20+00:00 May 28th, 2013|Emily in Costa Rica|

Yo No Speak Americano: The Beginning of Pura Vida

Emily is a junior studying public relations and strategic communication in Meadows School of the Arts, with minors in Spanish and English in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. During summer 2013, she is participating in SMU-in-Costa Rica with SMU Abroad, an intensive Spanish program at the National State University.

2013-06-28T20:41:06+00:00 May 21st, 2013|Emily in Costa Rica|