Thursday, October 1, 2009

Pura Vida- Part 2!

Pura Vida

When we were in Costa Rica, we learned the phrase 'Pura Vida'! According to Wikipedia, the phrase is quite popular and is defined below:

"... literally translated means "Pure Life" but means contextually something approximate to "Full of Life", "Purified life", "This is living!", "Going great", or "Cool!" It can be used as a greeting, as a word of farewell, to express satisfaction, and in some instances to politely express indifference when describing something. The phrase has become widely known; this highly flexible statement is used by many Costa Ricans (and expatriates) since 1956. Some foreigners view the phrase as an expression of a leisurely lifestyle, of disregard for time and wanton friendliness. However, Costa Ricans use the phrase to express something akin to a philosophy of strong community, perseverance, resilience in overcoming difficulties with good spirits, and enjoying life slowly and celebrating good fortune of magnitudes small and large alike."

When we were in Costa Rica, everyone said this- adults, kids, tourists, street signs. It was really nice to travel to a laid-back culture after the rush, rush, rush of our daily lives.

We continued on our journey to lunch later that day and got to see a traditional folklore performance before we sat down to eat some lunch. I don't remember what we ate, but it included rice and beans!

After lunch we stepped outside to take some pictures with the beautiful landscape and of course captured our new rings. My ring is 35 years old this year- and my mom's original wedding band.

As we drove through the country to our next destination, we were amazed at all the
B-A-N-A-N-A-S growing along the road. We have been looking at the labels of bananas in grocery stores ever since, but most are from Guatemala and Ecuador around here in Cali. Costa Rica is a huge exporter of bananas and this is how they grow- right in these blue plastic bags. The bags are recycled over and over again:

The following day, we continued our trip out towards the Atlantic Coast and stopped to take an aerial tram. We traveled above tall trees and looked at birds, plants, and the amazing views. Our tour guide pointed out wildlife all over. It all kinda blurred together, but we had never seen anything like this!

After the tram, we went on a 45-minute wildlife tour. We saw some snakes, lizards, and endless plants. We also carried this awesome plastic bag with bug spray and stuff that we didn't want to get wet and muggy. By 'we' I mean the husband lugged this around all afternoon.

See ya for the next part!


Mari said...

That really sounds like such an amazing trip. The pictures don't do it justice lol

Wow I love the fact that you are wearing your mother's wedding band...esp since your parents are still happily married. That ring has good mojo =)

kirsten said...

Thanks for checking out my blog! Costa Rica sounds amazing-I've been wanting to go there for a while, great recaps!

Anne Marie said...

Thanks for checking out my blog! It looks like you had such a great time!

Kristen said...

Congrats to you both! Love that you wear your mom's band.