Pura Vida – Part 1

I have returned from my 8 day visit to Costa Rica and will have some posts to cover the trip. I brought back company with me, so it is going to take me some time to get organized. Just thought I would let you know I have returned.

I will title the Costa Rica posts “Pura Vida”. If I heard “Pura Vida” once, I heard it a thousand times on my trip. If you travel to Costa Rica and don’t hear it at least once, you obviously have not been meeting any real Costa Ricans.

Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia that will tell you a little more.

Pura vida literally means “pure life”, but the meaning is closer to “full of life”, “purified life”, “this is living!”, “going great”, or “cool!”[2] It can be used as a greeting, as a word of farewell, to express satisfaction, or to politely express indifference when describing something.[2] The phrase has become widely known; this highly flexible statement has been used by many Costa Ricans (and expatriates) since 1956.[3] Some foreigners view the phrase as an expression of a leisurely lifestyle, of disregard for time, and of wanton friendliness. However, Costa Ricans use the phrase to express a philosophy of strong community, perseverance, resilience in overcoming difficulties with good spirits, enjoying life slowly, and celebrating good fortune of magnitudes small and large alike.

I had a great 8 days in Costa Rica. I got to do and see things that I hadn’t been able to do on previous visits. Stay tuned. I will try to get caught up soon and post part 2, which will be the Paso Conoas experience.

5 thoughts on “Pura Vida – Part 1

  1. I loved “pura vida” when I lived in Costa Rica. It always seemed heartfelt and sincere.

    Question por favor: where is the best place for me to buy a legal copy of Windows XP?

  2. Hi Jaime. Wasn’t there long enough to get tired of it. It was still a novelity. Another week and I would have been tired of it.

    Hi Zendoc. I have seen them at AcerComputer. Pars might have it as well as SuperComputers. The bigger question may be where to get an English version. Yoytec has it in Panama CIty. They will send it to you by Fletes Chevalle.


  3. I lived in Costa Rica for six months and “Pura Vida!” got old QUICK, lol.

    I’m looking forward to six months living in Panama! 🙂

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