Hello, my name is Priest. I’m 12 years old and I live in Fort Collins, Colorado. I go to Lincoln IB Middle School. I have 3 brothers, 2 sisters and one pet. I love sports. I play football, wrestling, basketball, and I'm also running track. I’m a person who is positive and well rounded: I like doing extra-curricular activities and I like making friends with everybody in my school. This trip taught me how happy people are with their families and lives, even though they don’t have a lot of things in their house. This is a really big lesson to me because most U.S. kids, and some of my family members, aren’t happy for what they have in their life. When we visited a local family’s house, I saw a family with two kids and a working dad. I saw a mom that would cook for her older child and then cook something different for the younger child. The kids and adults seemed happy when she cooked. The mom smiled when her kids ran in the kitchen to give her a hug or wash their dish after they were done eating. I also saw the foods they had like rice, beans, tortillas and other native things. I look up to families who can live like that because so many people aren’t thankful for what they already have in life and this family seemed truly thankful. Some of my friends have all the new technology but are still not thankful for their family. Costa Rican families are also seem considerate about their food; they want you to finish all the food you put on your plate so it is not wasted. In the U.S. people throw away what they don't finish or don't want. There is so much waste. Since this trip, I always try to finish the food I put on my plate. This is how Costa Ricans influenced me to be happy for what I already have and be thankful for my family.