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Pura Vida


Walter John

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"Pura Vida", used by Costa Ricans and literally translated means "Pure Life." Contextually, it means "Full of Life" "Purified life", "This is living!", "Going great!" It is used as a greeting, a farewell, and to express satisfaction.

The phrase has become widely known in the USA and Europe. 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 a philosophy of strong community, perseverance, good spirits, enjoying life slowly, celebrating good fortune, whether small or large.

Expats who adopt the expression properly get a big smile in return. It is an acknowledgment of the Costa Rican attitude towards life.

Happy Gardening

Cheers,

Wal

Queensland, Australia.

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I thought Pura Vida was sort of like Hakuna Metata (usually shortened to just Hakuna) with a little love your fellow man thrown in. How far off is that?

Jim Robinson

Growing in:

San Antonio, TX Z9a

Key Allegro, TX Z10a

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VERY well said Wal! :)

I found this explanation on the internet, I was curious as to it's meaning and I thought it appropriate to show it here, please don't acknowledge myself for the words.

Happy Gardening

Cheers,

Wal

Queensland, Australia.

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Luis Diego,

It was great to meet you and your brother in Costa Rica. Although I had heard the phrase many times, I now have more appreciation for the meaning, and for your insanely beautiful country. The whole experience was "tuanis."

Pura Vida

Thanks to those of you who help make this a fun and friendly forum.

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Guest Keith in Zone 9

Pura Vida! I've always had a fear of heights. These zipline trips have been a wonderful tool to face that phobia.

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Guest Keith in Zone 9

And this rafting image caught the spirt of togetherness, and supporting on another in an exciting adventure.

Pura Vida Amigos!

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Luis Diego,

It was great to meet you and your brother in Costa Rica. Although I had heard the phrase many times, I now have more appreciation for the meaning, and for your insanely beautiful country. The whole experience was "tuanis."

Pura Vida

Dean,

Thanks! We also liked meeting you. I am glad that you've enjoyed your stay in Costa Rica.

Pura Vida,

Luis Diego.

Luis Diego G.

Alajuela, Costa Rica.

My website: SeresVerdes.com

Plants and seeds I have for trade

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Awesome adventure in Costa Rica! Pura Vida has a special meaning in my heart.

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