Tuesday, May 2, 2017

In Search of Pura Vida - Part 1

Pura Vida (poo-rah vee-dah) is the phrase used in marketing Costa Rica, and the English translation is Pure Life. 

During my nine day vacation, one of my goals was to discover what these words really meant from a local perspective. 

The native of Costa Rica call themselves Ticos, and they use Pura Vida quite often in their greetings and conversations. 

After speaking with many locals I came to realize for them Pura Vida is a lifestyle, and far more than a marketing slogan. It's being appreciative for everything you have - along with the realization many others have far worst lives and problems. 

It's also a oneness with all forms and nature, and the love of family is the main staple of their society. During my stay I was told more than once that our lives on this earth are brief, and therefore we should all strive to live each day to the fullest. 

Now prior to getting this insight on the essence of Pura Vida, my feelings were far from positive after a mechanical issue turned the 6-hour flight out of Chicago into 8 1/2 hours. I was the last of the group to arrive, and after landing still had a three-hour drive from San Jose to Dominical, a laid-back beach town on the Pacific coast.   

However, my mood lightened when meeting up with the driver sent by the villa. He greeted me warmly and had a full dinner waiting in the car. God bless this man - I had not had a good meal since breakfast! 

As we left the hustle and bustle of San Jose I wholeheartedly dived into rice and beans, grilled chicken smothered in sauteed onions, and a wonderful chilled ceviche made with sea bass. A large tumbler was full of a tasty lemon ginger drink of which the translation is toad water - quite an unappealing name for such a delicious beverage. 

As we continued on the drive, I was captivated by the various shades of green against the backdrop of the mountains shrouded in mist. 

As we finally arrive in Dominical, the view of the ocean comes into view. 

The very best experience when traveling is arriving at your destination, and immediately seeing it has met your expectation! 

All I needed at this point was a cocktail and a seat by the pool. 

The search for Pura Vida continues in Part 2 

Happy Travels,

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