Honors Summer Snapshots: Traer

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2016 summer routines via photos. Traer Schon has been shipped off to Costa Rica, and isn’t allowed to return until he’s fluent in Spanish:

This summer, I am “studying abroad” in Costa Rica for three weeks—after which I will return to Ames to work in the Honors office and do various things around Iowa. But that’s not important now; what’s important is that I am in Costa Rica, and I was granted my wish to do this blog now, while I am doing cool and interesting things in Central America. Although I am typing this from the rainforest of Monteverde, where I am living for a week, I spent my first two weeks in Playa Flamingo. It was a simpler time there, when I lived in a house with WiFi and before I ruined my phone hiking up a volcano. Anyway, please enjoy these photos of a day in the life of my life during the days of my life that were lived in Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica. Pura vida!


Class started at 8:00 a.m. every day, so I usually woke up around 6:30 or so and had breakfast around 7. I’m not sure if it was the tropical weather, going to bed earlier than normal or the delicious coffee, but for some reason I didn’t hate doing this. This photo is one of two breakfasts I would typically have—the other would include the traditional “gallo pinto,” or rice and beans. I’ve grown to sort of like it, but I’m still trying to get used to having rice and beans for breakfast (and so is my digestive system).


I have a Spanish minor, which is why I am attending the CPI Spanish Immersion School while I’m here, which features small, intensive classes. I awkwardly took this picture during my last class in Flamingo, thus sacrificing my “cool kid” reputation, so I hope you enjoy it.


These guys are the unofficial mascots of CPI Flamingo. “Oh cool, an iguana!” you say, incorrectly. This animal is actually known as a “garrobo,” I say, pretentiously. And they can climb trees—WHO KNEW?!


Class ends at 12, after which I would eat lunch, and then usually go to the beach. Rough life.


I got to go on a boat ride and go snorkeling my second week there. Esta foto es la puesta del sol sobre el océano.


This isn’t in Flamingo, but I got to visit Volcán Arenal—not something you see every day in Iowa. It was incredibly beautiful, although it rained for the duration of the hike up the lava route of the 1968 eruption (the coolest place for technological tragedy to strike), and because I don’t understand how weather works, I was not very prepared (read: the least bit prepared). I didn’t mind getting drenched and exposing my striped boxers to the world, however my phone ended up getting ruined, even inside the safety of someone’s pocket. But really, it’s fine. I’m fine! Who needs a phone? They’re so 2015. It’s fine. I’m fine!

TL;DR: Costa Rica is great and I like it, I’m studying Spanish to complete my minor, RIP to my phone.

DISCLAIMER: Although I referred to it as “a day in the life,” this blog is composed of an amalgam of photos from my two weeks in Flamingo. Blogging and social networking is all about presenting an idealized, perfected version of yourself and trying to make others envy you (right?), so I fully embraced that here. I culled through my photos thus far, skipping the dead iguana and hilarious pharmacy model of the 4 stages of an erection to bring you these select few.


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