If you've read Crossing the Panamanian Border - Part 1, you know what the plan was. If you haven't read it yet, you can find it here. Below, I am going to share with you how much of our plan we were able to execute.
I went to school in upstate New York (Cornell University, to be exact--GO RED). Even though a good portion of it involved slaving away for hours on papers and walking up icy slopes just to get to class and discuss whale mating sounds (sit in on Oceanography 101, I dare you), I miss it endlessly.
Everyone has heard of the tale of old Ebenezer Scrooge—a man who had all the money he could count, but never actually left his office long enough to enjoy it. Though Scrooge himself never existed, his fictional plight is one that is increasingly common in today's society.
In all of my posts, my goal is to leave you with a lot of information you can use for as a reference later—some of that information does involve costs. I do want to point out, however, that prices seem to do only one thing—rise. The costs related to this trip are accurate as of March 2017. The more time passes, the more expensive the trip will be for you. Case in point, I read on someone's blog that they paid $25 for a taxi from the Costa Rica border at Paso Canoas to San Vito, Costa Rico. Today, we paid $50 (we haggled, originally the cab driver wanted to charge us $60). The blog post I was reading was written in 2010 so in about seven years, the cost more than doubled. I digress—let's start at the beginning.
Learning a foreign language often gets overlooked by those people who like to travel to different countries and have fun adventures, unique experiences but refuse to learn the local tongue while they are traveling. However, A large part of truly integrating yourself into a foreign culture when living overseas is to develop a working proficiency in the local language. When you make the effort to learn the language, it truly makes a difference both to those in the new community and/or country in which you’re residing. If you consider yourself to be a worldly person who likes to travel, you must also seek to become well-versed in foreign languages.