Going home was a bittersweet experience. I loved Costa Rica, I loved my school and my students, I loved the pineapple pies at McDonalds and the weird Spanish soap operas, I loved the stray dogs in the streets and all sorts of other things. But I was also excited to get back home.
I made up a bunch of 'thank you' cards for everyone who helped me out on this trip. The one on the left is a picture of our school library for my mentor teacher (he was a serious guy, I didn't feel like he would've appreciated cartoon animals haha). The one in the middle was for the woman who worked with us teachers and the program which placed us in the schools and Spanish lessons. It's a sloth pooping. I taught everyone about sloths pooping. The third was for my Spanish teacher, it's a big parrot teaching Spanish to a little parrot.
On our last couple days the three of us teachers had to give 45 minute presentations about our time in Costa Rica, and they left this sweet little note on the board for us! They even gave us cake con leche which is delicious.
We were presented with certificates for completing our programs and our Spanish lessons. I am certified in alto-basico Spanish according to this!
They had recently cleaned off the huge multicultural whiteboard. I drew a giant sloth pooping.
Never looked back.
For our family I made this card showing Rocky and Bruno, our family dogs (they were so sweet and wonderful!) and we presented them with various gifts from Minnesota.
And after one ridiculously long day of flights and security checks and customs, we made it home.
Smell ya later Costa Rica.
It's been real.