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!