A Typical Weekend Trip

This is what a typical weekend trip as an Academia Tica student looks like.

Karen MielkeA Typical Weekend Trip

Locos por el Bosque: what a hike!

Rain, sweat and mud – and amazing views! “Locos por el Bosque” is a private biological reserve in the small town of Montserrat in Coronado. It is located between Braulio Carrillo National Park and Irazú Volcano National Park. This makes it an important biological corridor for many species. This cloud forest builds an area which links the two ecosystems and … Read More

Karen MielkeLocos por el Bosque: what a hike!

My general impressions of Costa Rica

Some facts and impressions about Costa Rica right from the hand of our dear intern, Karen.

Karen MielkeMy general impressions of Costa Rica

The Best of Both Worlds

Is it a good idea to visit both locations of Academia Tica?

Emily CuretonThe Best of Both Worlds

A trip to Mercado Central

The Central Market of San José is a feast for the senses, filled with fresh fruits, veggies, flowers, medicinal plants, clothes, souvenirs, seafood, pets, handicrafts, you name it! Before devling into these bustling aisles during a recent class excursion, Prof Mireya gave a spiel about the capital’s commerical heart: “The Mercado Central is located between Avenidas 0 and 1 and Calles … Read More

Emily CuretonA trip to Mercado Central

Piñata, café y ping pong

Nuestro querido estudiante Eli es el nuevo campeón de ping pong de la academia. El mismo día de su cumpleaños ganó el torneo y recibió una piñata por parte de sus compañeros, que después reventó con mucho esfuerzo. Esta misma semana visitamos el centro de San José y el Mercado Central. Comimos en una auténtica “soda” tipica y descubrimos que a todos nos gusta el cas. La última actividad a la que … Read More

Elider ElizondoPiñata, café y ping pong

El Sabor: Taste a la Tica

“El Sabor, el Sabor!” – This friendly shout fills Academia Tica’s patio every school day at noon, when hungry students flock towards the sound of Caribbean music and the wide smile of Don George. He emerges from a van and opens the side door to reveal baskets and coolers brimming with treats, which hungry students have been yearning for throughout the morning’s intensive Spanish classes. And … Read More

Susanna KowalzikEl Sabor: Taste a la Tica

Horsing around

The hand-painted sign showing two bridled horses does not point towards a fancy place. Turning down this stone driveway off the main road through Las Nubes will not deliver you to a state-of-the-art equine training facility. Nor are these lush pastures described in any Lonely Planet guidebooks. Yet, the animals grazing these hills speak volumes about the culture of Costa Rica’s Central Valley, where horses … Read More

Emily CuretonHorsing around