May 23, 2017
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 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!
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April 16, 2021
Do you feel like this year is simply just flying by too?
How did April sneak up on us???
April used to be one of my favorite months with the arrival of Spring...Azaleas, Tulips, Cherry Blossoms, and that sweet smell of Spring rain!
BUT April in Costa Rica is a tad bit different than April in the US...
April 06, 2021
As a sunset chasing photographer who splits time between Costa Rica and Savannah...Let's chat about my favorite places to chase sunset in Savannah!
March 26, 2021
Batten down the hatches at the beaches, because Semana Santa starts next week here in Costa Rica.
Click here to read more on Semana Santa in Costa Rica...and my recommendations if you plan on traveling to Costa Rica during Easter week!