I was born in San Jose, to former President of Costa Rica, Daniel Oduber Quirós, which made my upbringing somewhat “special”. I grew up in an ample house in Bello Horizonte de Escazú, which used to be near coffee plantations, and is now prime real estate. I spent many hours climbing trees, picking fruit, and helping my mother prepare her projects. My mother was strict with me in all respects: getting good grades, setting the table and eating properly, learning how to play the piano, etc. I had an independent streak that would pop up at times, however, and I didn't always follow along with her plans. But my mom also participated in the fun parts of childhood. For Halloween, which was purely a North American custom, she would allow children into our front yard and hand out apples to them, which was a delicacy at the time.