Following the Sun – The Dream of Living in Costa Rica

Following the Sun... The Dream of Living in Costa Rica Siguiendo el sol ~ El sueño de vivir en Costa Rica

We are Selina and Maggie – also known as the ”Gemelas“, two German communication science students. In our country, the small country of Costa Rica in Central America is regarded as a true oasis of happiness. At home we dreamed of breathtaking beaches, diverse wildlife, an endless summer with tropical heat and a relaxed lifestyle. Our time in Costa Rica was as varied as our expectations: we started our day with yoga, continued with a ride through the rainforest to Playa Hermosa and afterwards feasted on exotic fruits at Uvita’s weekly farmers market. On our weekends, we walked out to the whale’s tail, surfed along the coast and visited several national parks and the waterfalls, which are located in a canyon approximately eighty meters wide. In addition, we spent several weekends in San José diving into the Costa Rican nightlife.


As interns at Ballena Tales Magazine, our tasks included interviews, writing articles, translations into German, customer visits, creating surveys, developing marketing strategies and improving their website. We lived in a small house in Uvita surrounded by nature, awakening by the chirping of birds or  sometimes by howler monkeys. Even heavy rain, power cuts, broken water pipes or bugs in our house could not spoil our mood.

During our internship at Ballena Tales we were able to take part in several tours and activities in Osa: Our highlights were a meeting of the Tourism Chamber (CATUOSA) at the Cristal Ballena Hotel, conducted our first interview at the ice cream parlor "Gelato", photo shootings at the restaurant "Gusto" and “Pancito Café“, as well as a marketing survey in Dominical. We discovered many unique places, improved our Spanish, experienced a different lifestyle, met inspiring people, and also had to work! We are very grateful for the practical experience at Ballena Tales, for the insights into culture and life in Costa Rica. Pura Vida!

By Selina Hofstetter y Magdalena Steinmann


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