Pura Vida, Buenos Dias from San Jose!
Trip Start Dec 10, 2011
60Trip End Sep 29, 2012
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Where I stayed
Casa di Carlos & Maria, Vargas Araya
Already inspired to write, I am sat in the garden of my new Costa Rican family for the next week, Carlos has showed me around his garden. There is a banana tree, aloe vera plant growing, tangerine, peach and sugar cane. He tells me that the other families next door don't have gardens and he is very proud about his. Maria is his wife and they have been married for forty five years and receiving foreigners like me for twenty. I am definitely in safe and experienced hands and I told Carlos I am happy and I truly feel it.
It was quite a long journey here yesterday flight from London to Madrid, twice I felt my nerves hit me, once when my Dad and I said goodbye at the passport control and again when I walked up the gangway to the board the plane from London, tears welling up in my eyes and a nervous feeling I never felt before but this was all with excitement about what I was about to begin
I was very welcomed by everyone and the family Carlos and Maria, I also met two other foreigners staying here Kevin from America born in Germany and Charlotte, yes Charlotte! from Belgium both eighteen years old and on breaks out before they start their university studies. My first dinner here was a spaghetti with peas, some kind of mashed up meat I think beef and chilli sauce, when I learn more Spanish I will ask more questions to my host family
Today is the start of my adventure and journey, I am going to take it easy and relax, go at the pace of the Costa Rican life and see where it takes me.
They have an expression here, Pura Vida, Pura vida literally means Pura = pure and vida = life, so basically the meaning is "this is living!", "going great", "real living","Awesome!" or "cool! It's a common phrase spoken by Costa Ricans and the expats here and can be used as a greeting or farewell or just express what you are thinking.
So with that Pura Vida everyone!!
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