I have felt ready to come home for a few weeks now…but I am constantly having conflicting emotions about leaving what has become my home for the past three months. I am beyond excited to see my family, boyfriend, and friends again, but I am also leaving behind my friends that I have made here.
Here I am confident in my classes when I speak Spanish. I answer questions and raise my head to talk (probably too much.) This has never been a thing back home. Leaving Costa Rica means leaving these classrooms where I have gained so much confidence in myself. But as I prepare to head home in a few short days, I realize that this is something I will take back with me and use in my future classes. I can make the food I eat here in the states. I can visit a new place every weekend if I want to back home as well. I can meet new people and try new foods whenever I want.
I may not have the ocean and people saying “pura vida” constantly at home…but I am confident that I will bring a little piece of Costa Rica back home in me.