I don’t think my linguistic stay in Santo Domingo de Heredia and Bocas del Toro could have been any better. At the beginning, it was a bit chaotic because I could not speak Spanish very well. But the people were all very open and helpful and I quickly felt at ease. At both schools, Academia Columbus in Santo Domingo and Habla Ya at Bocas del Toro, I had excellent experiences. The teaching as well as the kindness and the openness of the teachers and the students are to be recommended. I particularly enjoyed the excursions to the beaches and to the national parks that we organized ourselves.