July 06, 2021
If you've ever travelled to Costa Rica, then you most likely know + love the phrase "Pura Vida" as much as I do. But if your high school Spanish aka Español is a tad bit rusty, I probably have had you wondering what the heck I mean when I sign off #FelizFriday with "Pura Vida, Kristen".
For Costa Ricans, affectionately known as "Ticos", the phrase Pura Vida is much like the Hawaiian saying “Aloha”. Pura Vida translated to English means “Pure Life,” but the phrase goes beyond the translation. Pura Vida is a way of life for Ticos - - it represents the idea of enjoying life and being happy.
For Ticos, Pura Vida is used in a lot of different situations and the phrase is usually accompanied with a bright smile.:
Also, when you visit Costa Rica, pay attention to how Ticos use the phrase Pura Vida - - you may hear them say “Pura vida mae” or “Pura vida mop”. No, don’t think that they are talking about an actual mop!!! “Mae” and “Mop” are Tico slang for the English equivalent “man/dude/bro”.
Got it? Good!
*[Blog post originally posted on 5/23/17, updated 2021]*
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September 10, 2021
If you're still working from home because of the 'Rona, how about this for a silver lining....
You don't have to worry about “fitting in” with all the other gray cubicles at work with your home office setup.
Click here to read how you can bring your happy place beach vibes to you while you work!
August 06, 2021
With all the preparations for this gallery event, from print selection to framing, I couldn’t help but share with you some tips, framing sources, and tricks I’ve learned over the years!
Click here to read them!
July 30, 2021
Rainy Season > Dry Season
Yes, I said it!
I prefer Rainy Season in Costa Rica over Dry Season...and if you love breathtaking sunsets as much as I do, then you will too!
(How about that for some rhyming... 😉😂)
So why is Rainy Season better than Dry Season in Costa Rica?
Because Rainy Season = magical sunset season in Costa Rica!
In other words, rain squalls + clouds set the stage for dramatic sunsets just like this...