On a morning when Birmingham is covered with snow and ice, here is a note from Marigene Chamberlain, with our students and faculty in Costa Rica: 

  

We arrived late on January 1.  It is a great way to start the new year, in a beautiful, lush country.  We've been busy these first few days, getting the students settled in with their host families, taking a tour of the volcano Irazu and the Sarapiqui River where we saw two crocodiles, a sloth, and various tropical birds and howler monkeys, as well as starting classes and having a tour of downtown San Jose.  Today we go to a coffee plantation after class. 

  

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