As tears ran down my face I was doubting whether or not I made the right decision to leave for the summer. I was sad to leave my family and friends but at the same time I was excited to be in Costa Rica. I didn’t know what to expect. Especially the fact that I would be living with a host family. The day of my arrival my mamatica (host mom) greeted my housemate and I with open arms. She made us feel right at home. But then the worst thing happened to me. I got an allergic reaction to something I ate and I was covered in red spots. I had to visit the clinic and it was completely different then the emergency room in the US. I thought this was going to ruin my experience here but I overcame it. I advise those who visit not to panic if something goes wrong because people will help you. The staff at the University and the host family will always be there for you. Stay clam and enjoy the beautiful country of Costa Rica.