14 January 2015

Pura Vida

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ~ John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

It feels as though this winter is harsher than last year.  It could just be that as I get older, my tolerance level for colder temperatures decreases exponentially as my years in age increase.

I did manage to escape New York for a few days a few months ago by taking a trip to Costa Rica.  It was beautiful there.  I even got up close and personal with a crocodile.

I stayed at this fabulous resort, Los Suenos, near Jaco.

I saw a beautiful sunset from the cliffs of Zephyr Place in Herradura.

Pura Vida.  Pure Life.  It's their main expression there in Costa Rica and is used in many forms, from a greeting to a synonym for "excellent."  It felt good hearing it, and it felt good saying it.  It is their way of life.  See you later, Costa Rica.  I will be back.  Pura Vida!


  1. Hi Nova
    Just as your winter seems harsher so our summer heatwaves are trending to be more oppressive with the added threat of bush fires. I do think our tolerances levels lessen with age, but I also think the prevalence of weather extremes is just one of the signs predicted in the overall gradual warming of the planet. I can easily see how Costa Rica might seduce the tourist with such charms, captured beautifully in your lovely pictures.
    Best wishes

  2. There's enough croc there for a pair of boots and a purse. :-)


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