Hello readers!

This summer, I had the privilege of studying abroad and living with a host family for six weeks. Today begins a six-part series about my stay in the beautiful tropical country of Costa Rica.

One of the first things I notice anywhere I travel is, of course, the food. The fruit in this country definitely stands out. Due to the humidity and sunlight, warm temperatures and fertile soil, much of Costa Rica is perfect for growing fruits of all shapes, colors, and sizes. Take a look below. I am pretty sure I tried a completely new and different fruit at least once every few days for my entire stay there!


Dear Osborn School District #8,

As if you didn’t know, today’s the last day of school! This year has truly been a grand adventure and I can’t believe it’s already over. On the one hand, it seems like this year has gone on forever and ever, while on the other hand, I can’t wait for summer to start. I truly hope I’ll be back at Longview Elementary School next year. We’ll have to see how all the teacher assignments pan out before I’m absolutely sure though.

Longview Elementary School

Yesterday was our end of the year kindergarten Water & Watermelon Party. It was a B-L-A-S-T! All the kids had so much fun and definitely used way too much sunblock … but, hey, as long as they didn’t get burned, right?

Water fun in the sun!

Watermelon on a hot day

See you next year!
Love, Ms. Chang

[inspiration] coconuts

April 3, 2011

I’m very torn when it comes to coconuts. I’m really not a fan of coconut-flavored foods except when it comes to bubble tea. I love the idea of drinking coconut milk, but only think the flavor is OK. And coconut meat is decent fresh, but once dried, tastes just gross.

I feel privileged because when I was living in Ecuador, I went on a trip to Canoa with some friends and we were able to buy coconuts from the truck vendors who literally stuck a straw in for us to suck all the milk out. Then we would bring the coconuts back to them and they would cut it up for us to eat. It was a great experience. Since then I’ve been more apt to say I like coconut, but those cakes with coconut flakes on them … no thank you!


[inspiration] pineapples

March 20, 2011

I liken pineapples to the cactus of the fruit world. Why? Because they have this horrible, mean-looking outside to try and scare us away, but are sweet and juicy on the inside. Then again, I feel like you never really know what you’re going to get with pineapples. Sometimes you think a pineapple smells ripe, but it’s still so sour and raw-tasting it hurts your mouth. Other times, pineapples just taste bland on the inside. But then there are the times where you get a pineapple that’s truly ripe and tastes like fruit honey. In the end, I guess pineapples teach us not to judge a book by its cover, huh? Life is always an adventure!


[inspiration] bananas

March 6, 2011

Bananas might just be the weirdest fruit on earth. Their texture is entirely different from any other fruit and they come in the weirdest shape ever! You can even eat them fried. What other fruit do you fry? This is all true unless you decide to argue that tomatoes and eggplants are fruit, too, and that you can fry them. If you want to think about it that way, I’ll have to say you’re right, but even those “fruits” don’t have the weird texture that bananas do.

The thing I love most about bananas though, is that there are actually hundreds of different varieties, used for different things, and that they range from huge green plantains to tiny, tiny Lady Fingers.



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