I was warned from people in San Jose, Costa Rica, that it would be hot in Liberia, but coming from January weather in Kentucky, I took their advice lightly and expected Liberia to be a nice 75 degrees like the capital city. At the halfway stop on the bus from San Jose, I realized I might have been mistaken. I arrived in Liberia and for three months experienced the hottest weather I ever have. However difficult the heat made some things, it made some experiences better. For example, it made me look forward to my weekly trip to the beach (just an hour out of the city). It also made trips to waterfalls all the more refreshing, and outings to ice cream stores with air conditioning a real treat!
Over the five months I’ve been here, I’ve grown to love Liberia for its people. They are among the friendliest I have ever met, and I feel I’ve made friends for life here. My Costa Rican friends have taught me to take life slowly and not worry as much. They’ve shown me multitudes of generosity and given me something I will always treasure: the knowledge of another language.
Because Liberia is not filled with tourists, it was easy to practice my Spanish everywhere I went. The people here always had great patience with my Spanish and loved that I tried to converse with them. The people of Costa Rica will always hold a dear place in my heart.
This blog was contributed by Morgan McGill, an English teacher from Kentucky, USA, at Instituto Estelar Bilingüe in 2019.