Pura Vida   Leave a comment

Today – since I really don’t have much to do – I will be writing a long post to tell you all about my life in el campo, or the rural area where I live, and post it the next time I have internet. But for now I just wanted to let you know that I’m alive and happy, and share this thought with you:

I found this description on a tico friend’s facebook page, but then I found it actually came from wikipedia, but I still like the explanation it gives about the phrase “Pura vida” – which I’ve been using frequently here, but am now starting to really understand its meaning.

Pura vida

Pura vida literally means Pura = pure and vida = life, but “Pure life” in Spanish would be “Vida pura” instead, so the real meaning would be closer to “plenty of life”, “full of life”, “this is living!”, “going great”, “real living”, or “cool!”. It can be used both as a greeting and a farewell, to express satisfaction, to politely express indifference when describing something, or even to say “thank you”. The phrase has become widely known; this highly flexible statement has been used by many Costa Ricans (and expatriates)

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.

 

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Posted March 6, 2011 by rwieme in Uncategorized

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