Maddie’s (almost) in Costa Rica!

Hi all! My name is Maddie and I’m a junior at Whittier. I’m a business and environmental studies double major, and I’m SO excited to be headed to Costa Rica in 3 days! Having never been to Central or South America, I cannot wait to explore the culture (especially the food!) and tour around the country. This trip falls right in the middle of my swim season, so I’m a little bummed that I won’t be able to hang out with my teammates (check us out below!), but the experience is going to be extraordinary, I know it.

The itinerary for the trip looks jam-packed with visits to various ecotourism sites, and I’m beginning to research the places we’ll be visiting. I’ve been using Lonely Planet to see if anyone else has visited these sites and their recommendations on what to do in the area. This won’t be my first time traveling abroad; over the summer I had the opportunity to visit Lisbon, Dubrovnik, and Barcelona over a 2 week period.  However, this will be my first time traveling with classmates and people I already know, so yay for friends!


This is all for now; I’ve still got to pack! See you in 3 days, Costa Rica!



Image: “Swim Juniors at Pomona Pitzer” by Maddie McMurray

Webpage: Lonely Planet,

GIF: via GIPHY, Australian Survivor

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