Costa Rica, Central America

Costa Rica is a unitary constitutional republic in Central America with a presidential system. Most of its territory is located on the isthmus connecting South America to North America with the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south. San Jose is the capital. The country has 1290 km of coastline and also has a small piece of land without inhabitants; Cocos Island, 550 kilometers southwest of the western coast. There are several active and extinct volcanoes. Being the Poas, Irazú and Arenal, the most visited. Puerto Limon on the Caribbean coast, is the largest port in the country. The Pacific coast is the most open to tourism with many beaches like Tamarindo, Puntarenas, Quepos among others. Its flora and fauna are exceptional, there are 6% of the world’s biodiversity; more than 25% of the territory is occupied by national parks and reserves. Thanks to abundant rainfall during the rainy season, the country is watered thousand waterfalls. The roads are viable in general, but often in poor condition due to lack of financial resources to maintain or build.

Tips

You can visit the country by bus or what is the most practical, by a rental car, but before you venture, make sure you have the necessary maps or directions to your destination because signaling is not good. Bring water, protection against insects, sun protection, juice or fruit, comfortable shoes, sunglasses and preferably keep your arms and legs covered to avoid bites.
The climate of Costa Rica is characterized by a dry season (December to April) and a rainy season (April to November).

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology or MIT is a research institute and a university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, near Boston; specializing in the fields of science and technology, regarded as one of world’s best universities in science and technology. It is also known in other fields such as economics, political science, linguistics, philosophy and management; the most important is engineering with 2,000 students; with all its online courses on the Internet since 2002. It is interesting that students participate in scientific and technological research in their first year of study. 78 Nobel Prize winners have emerged from its ranks. Besides its faculties, there are the Lincoln Laboratory, the laboratory of artificial intelligence and computer science, the Nuclear lab, the media lab, being the most important among others.

Tips

The campus is open for visits by the general public from Monday to Friday, there are guided tours at 11:00 and 15:00. You can also visit guiding you with a map that you can find in the lobby.
You can attend various events that the Institute organizes, to know more, you have to go to their website and you will find all the information with the ticket prices. There are also several ones that are free.

Gallarate, Varese, Lombardy, Italy

Gallarate is a town located in the province of Varese, in the Lombardy region, in the Northwest of Italy. The territory belongs to the Lombard Park of Ticino, it is essentially a plain territory, with in limits, the morainic hills of Ronchi and Crenna. The city is crossed by the Arno River. Increasing urbanization tends to form a unified urban nucleus comprising other neighbouring urban centres of the High Milanese to Legnano. Founded by the Gauls and the Romans conquered later, Gallarate was mentioned as an important vicus (village) in a document dated from the time of the conquest by the Romans which was then called Cisalpine Gaul. At the end of the first half of the 19th century the modern so-called industry has begun to spread in numerous regions of Italy. In a few decades, Gallarate confirms a long-standing vocation and became an industrial city which is strongly involved in the economic development of the Lombardy. The huge industrial complexes of the past disappeared but their high chimneys. can still be seen. These complexes have been transformed into modern shopping centres, craft centers and shops. Very near from the Milan-Malpensa airport, the city has taken advantage of its position between Varese and Milan, turning into a tertiary and commercial center more important. Many air transport companies are installed (Air Europe, Air Italy, Blue Panorama, etc) even as multinational companies (Louis Vuiton, Yamamay, etc.). Expo 2015 in Milan, will be installed next to FieraMilanoCity, well connected to Gallarate. To see: the Romanesque church Saint-Pierre (XI – XIII century), the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, the baroque Church of Sant’Antonio Abate, the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Campagna, the historical pharmacy Daho, the Crocetta (emblematic cross of devotion of the municipality erected in 1694 by Cesare Visconti in honour of the Virgin of the Pillar of Zaragoza), the former convent of St. Francis among others.

Tips

Due to its location, you’ll be comfortable to move in public transport and by car. The railway station is connected to all the most important cities in the region, very close to Milan and Varese, with service of train or bus to the airport which is located just a few minutes from the city.
The local cuisine has dishes that you should try at least once in your life, the cassole, the risotto, the polenta and the bruschetta are the best known dishes. But the city stands out for its amaretti, a kind of macaroon, elongated, very different from those, dry and round known in several countries, that have been registered in the list of traditional agri-food products of Lombardy. The most famous are those from the Bianchi pastry . So, go ahead on the spot drink a very good coffee and enjoy this delight.