By Jules Henry
Imagine, 24 faces made up of two professors, a TA, 10 graduate students, and 11 undergraduates. . . BOY HOWDY, what a great combination of individuals! This is the group of ALEC students participating in the wintermester study abroad to the Texas A&M Solsis Center in Costa Rica. Graduate students will be mapping out the community while the undergraduates are learning about how change happens and innovations are diffused.
Many of us left the airport in Houston on Saturday full of anticipation for what would lie ahead in the next two weeks.
We arrived in Liberia, Costa Rica and started a day full of traveling on winding roads and epic hills (no joke!). We traveled on the Pan-American road, which is being expanded to two lanes. How cool is that?!
The scenery was full of life and deep green colors. From the very beginning, there were many cultural differences like money, stop signs (they look like the ones at home but have ALTO on them) and even bathroom labels for men and women. The people are very welcoming and polite; it is nice that they try to converse with us even though we may not know the language. I should have been prepared! Other than that, what a welcoming community and country!
As expected, I think many of our heads were spinning from all the new sights and information that our brains were absorbing when we made it to our final destination, the Soltis Center. With that said, our first day was quite a whirlwind! And the wheels on the bus go round and round. . . haha, the buses are quite impressive for they are able to carry so much weight and go up very steep hills. I’m surprised we didn’t slide down!! Until tomorrow, keep on chuggin’ along!