PRLog - Dec. 1, 2009 - PéREZ ZELEDóN, Costa Rica -- Pura vida. Pronounced POO-rah VEE-dah, in English means, "Pure Life". However, these two words have much more meaning throughout the Costa Rican culture.
Pura Vida Costa Rica
It is believed to have originated in 1956 from the interaction between the surfing pioneers of the mid 1950’s and the local Costa Ricans (or Ticos) they encountered. It has been widely used throughout Costa Rica ever since.
Associated with many different English interpretations like "pure life", "take it easy", "enjoy life", "all good", "purity in life", "hello", "goodbye", "this is life!" and many many more. We could go on all day with the different interpretations of the term. The point is, we (foreigners)
Having spoken with many Costa Ricans over my time here, I have gathered, what I think is enough evidence to support the true meaning of the term. As vague as it may be.
I would sum it up like this:
Pura vida! Means that no matter what your current situation is, life for someone else can always be less fortunate than your own. So you need to consider that maybe...just maybe, your situation isn't all that bad and that no matter how little or how much you have in life, we are all here together and life is short...so start living it "pura vida style".
Basically it kind of goes like this...
You may come to beautiful Costa Rica for a family vacation one day, and while your enjoying the scenic beauty that is Costa Rica, you can't help but to notice a vast majority of the Tico (Costa Ricans) population living in poverty. Yet no matter their fortunes whether large of small, they are always smiling and enjoying life. And without hesitation, you'll always hear them say: "Pura Vida!"
A great example of this mentality was when one day, early on in my arrival to Costa Rica, I came across a little boy playing in the street (dirt road). He was kicking around an extremely worn soccer ball while ankle deep in a mud puddle. Dirty from head to toe, the little boy looks up at me and with an infectious smile he says to me..."Pura Vida!".
Beginning to understand now, the true meaning of the uniquely Costa Rican term, "Pura Vida"? I feel that the more "foreigners"
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