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

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

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

Catching lunch in Coronado

Up the hill from Academia Tica Coronado a cozy little place by the side of the road serves up about the freshest trout imaginable, Tico style. At this family-run “trucheria,” (trucha means trout), you can catch your own lunch from a backyard pond. Luckily professionals take over from there. Have a seat in the rustic dining room as the fish is seasoned and … Read More

Emily CuretonCatching lunch in Coronado

Goodbye Susanna

This Monday morning we started the week with a feeling of emptiness in our school. After more than 5 months of intense work, Susanna has finished her intership at Academia Tica. Last Thursday night we had a goodbye dinner party in San José. The day after, the rest of the teachers and staff got a chance to  listen to a … Read More

Elider ElizondoGoodbye Susanna

Amazing corn

We loaded our plates with fresh empañadas, cheesy tortillas and sweet chorreadas, unwrapping huge banana leaves to reveal steaming tamales filled with  veggies and meat. We ohhed, ahhed and salivated over the tamal asado, a sticky sweet cornbread that frankly put me over the edge of satisfied, too full to try any more typical Costa Rican dishes made from maize, the star ingredient in this Tuesday tasting class. When … Read More

Emily CuretonAmazing corn

Events: Football and more

Cool upcoming events include an international food fair in Coronado, more than 100 activities in the capital and of course the World Cup. Food: “Feria Internacional De Comida Típica” Sick of “Gallo Pinto,” yet?  Or maybe ready for another serving? The International Fair of Typical Food offers Costa Rican favorites, and also Caribbean and Latin American specialties from 10am to 6pm this Saturday, … Read More

Susanna KowalzikEvents: Football and more

A fresh take on fruit

Studying takes a turn for the delicious at Academia Tica’s fruit tasting class, where we sample some of Costa Rica’s most sumptuous offerings. After an hour at this mouth-watering table we know our mangos from our mangas, our guanabanas from our guabas, our nances from our elbows. In Costa Rica fruit is a USD $1.5 billion a year industry, accounting … Read More

Emily CuretonA fresh take on fruit