A few weeks ago, my class went on a field trip to the national museum for the day. We saw a really cool butterfly hour and some really awesome history. We walked around downtown, ate ice cream, and had a great day. The highlight of the day would be when I MET THE PRESIDENT OF COSTA RICA. We shook hands and all I could say was “Hola.” I’m sure he remembers me.
As many of my friends at home know, I am constantly talking about my Spanish courses and how nervous they make me. Why go to a foreign country where you know you will probably be scared and nervous the majority of time? I wanted to force myself out of my shell. ANDDDD….I feel like I truly have. In the states, when I would talk during class I would be overcome with nerves and stop talking halfway through my sentences. I know actually raise my hand to talk in class and I truly enjoy talking with other people. I never thought I would say those words and that was a big goal of mine. The other day I actually volunteered to read something outloud in class. After class I ran to Charlie (my friend from Siena) and told him how excited I was that I did that. He understood what it meant to me.
I am always one to share my opinions and talk in my classes...but never my Spanish classes. I absolutely love the confidence that Costa Rica has given me and I cannot wait to see where I am in a few more weeks. Pura Vida!