It's difficult to imagine exactly how different two cultures can be without experiencing each one firsthand. This summer I was lucky enough to have the chance to go to Costa Rica as part of a tour that brought my family and me to 4 different cities in the tropical country. Besides the monkeys, iguanas, sloths and crocodiles, what I found so interesting was how drastically different the Costa Rican approach to fashion, food, and overall homelife was to ours.
Driving through the rural areas of Costa Rica was entirely eye opening. The streets were dotted with old billboards that no one cared to maintain, and nearly every home was a small shanty with a tin roof. In the U.S we are constantly reminded that no matter how good our lives are, they could always be better and that no matter how much we may already have, we could always have more. Costa Rica had such a different, simpler atmosphere. People didn’t care about so-and-so’s new line or who was dating whom. They focused on their day-to-day lives, on supporting themselves and simply living. It was a humbling experience that taught me to want less and focus more on living my life instead of accessorizing it.
When my vacation came to an end, I was ready to return to my fast paced lifestyle in the city, but the lessons I learned and the experiences I had in Costa Rica will never leave me.
- Maris Indursky
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