¡Pura Vida!

Two simple Spanish words: words to greet, words to say when we part, an expression of enjoying life and being happy. What do they mean? Directly translated PURE LIFE but this phrase in Costa Rica has a much richer and profound meaning that is difficult to translate. There are many interpretations like: enjoy life, life is good, this is the life, take it easy.


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IMG_4744 IMG_4745 IMG_4762 IMG_4780 IMG_4782 IMG_4843 IMG_4844 IMG_4848 IMG_4851 IMG_4853 IMG_4858It wasn’t till I came to Costa Rica that this term is so much more meaningful! The Costa Rican people are friendly, helpful and happy. Even with much poverty, I am amazed at their positive attitude! I’m sure warm weather and a beautiful country contributes to their pleasant disposition. I know I felt happy being there and I can’t help echoing – Pura vida!!!

pura vida


About carmen

Beauty is only skin deep, but health goes deep to the bones. Money can buy designer clothes, but it can’t buy health. https://fashionableover50.wordpress.com/
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11 Responses to ¡Pura Vida!

  1. ronyshapira says:

    I visited Costa Rica a few years ago and absolutely loved it, it is such a beautiful place!! Your beautiful photos bring back good memories 😉


  2. Lovely photos! Isn’t it wonderful to travel and be exposed to new cultures and scenery?! I just got back from a 3 week trip to China feeling the world is so exciting and beautiful and there are so many ways to live… Thanks for sharing. Sara


    • carmen says:

      Happy birthday, Sara!

      I agree, traveling is fun and enriches our lives on so many levels; experiencing other cultures, tasting foods unique to that country, meeting people, seeing sights that we’ve only imagined, hearing laughter in another language – lol.

      Your photos from China are awesome!!

      Pura vida!!

      ❤ carmen


  3. Bob says:

    Thank you for sharing your memories and artistic skills. Your photos have the presentation of a professional photographer.


    • carmen says:

      Thank you, Bob! Glad you like the pictures. I love taking photos; they capture moments and imprint memories in our minds and makes it possible to share experiences with others!

      Pura vida!!

      ❤ carmen


  4. I love all those pictures! CR is certainly a beautiful place. I like how you’re posing in a field with children and a horse all around yet you’re so poised! And that baby pig! Please let her be a beach pig too and not a future meal. She’s beautiful.


    • carmen says:

      Thank you, Jean!

      It was spectacular! That spot had a marvelous view!!
      I was assured that the baby pig is a pet, like the horses and dogs. 🙂
      They have a good life!

      Pura vida!! ❤


  5. Suzanne says:

    Oh my!!!! That little piggy is just TOO adorable! LOL

    Lovely photos. I really enjoyed Costa Rica when I was there and seeing your photos just makes me want to return all the more.

    Lovely last shot with you and your gorgeous dress. So pretty.



  6. josepmbadia says:

    That is the best trip, and you should enjoy it. The photos are spectacular. The scenery is wonderful and so you explain, people are also superb. The most fashionable woman in the middle of cows and pigs, is a strong contrast, but nothing off your light, nothing hides your style. You look beautiful in a beautiful site.


    • carmen says:

      Thank you Josep-Maria!

      It’s a wonderful world with so much to see, wish I could travel more but I’m thankful that I had this opportunity. I would love to see Spain someday!!

      Pura vida!!

      ❤ carmen

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