Studying Spanish abroad, at Intercultura Costa Rica in Heredia, was more amazing than anything I could have hoped for. I'm from Maryland, and studied Spanish in high school and college. But sometimes when I would speak Spanish, people would mention that I kind of sounded like I was reading from a textbook. No surprise there- I learned Spanish from textbooks! In 2014, I made up my mind that I would improve my Spanish by going abroad.