I studied abroad in Costa Rica for one month last summer, and it was one of the most rewarding and fun experiences I have ever had. During the week I attended Conversa, a Spanish language school, from morning to midafternoon. I lived with a host family of one mom, one dad, and two fantastic kiddos, all of whom I miss more than I can say. On the weekends I was able to go on several different excursions, from ziplining in a cloud forest to visiting a gorgeous beach. During the excursions I continued to practice the Spanish that I had learned during the week, even though I knew all the people who sell souvenirs speak at least some English. Good thing, too; people really appreciate it when you take the time to speak with them in their own language. There were a lot of tears on my last day in Costa Rica. Many of the AU group had become so close to their host families that it hurt to see them go. As I hugged my host mom and said goodbye, she said to me, “If you ever come back to Costa Rica, you are always welcome here.” Here’s hoping someday I can take her up on her offer!