This is the national slogan of Costa Rica, which translates to “Pure Life” or “Full of life” for you non Spanish speakers.
It was a trip full of firsts (snorkeling), and lasts (ziplining). The first time I ever went abroad years ago, I was asked upon my return “what was the most important thing you took away?” I make a point to answer this question for myself every time I travel now. For this trip, I’d have to say it is the simplicity with which the Costa Rican people live their everyday lives. A lot of the trip was spent in a car and while I don’t find that ideal, it did make me notice that no matter how many different towns I passed through, life carried on much the same way for most people. Homes are held together with whatever material seemed to be available; Kids and dogs play in the streets; Front doors are left open; Food is fresh, local, and simple. Pura Vida is more than a slogan here. It was a refreshing change from what is mostly a self-absorbed existence in the US.
Looking for your next adventure? Go visit a land of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen; learn where some of your food comes from and meet the people that grow it; maybe swim with blowfish. I recommend the roadside coconuts.
“The world is a great book…they who never stir from home read only a page.”-St. Augustine