One of the most familiar terms in Costa Rica is « Pura Vida ». But where does this expression come from and why is it used so much ?
There are not only words, this is a culture and a way of life that the Costa Ricans (Ticos) have adapted. Pura Vida » means « Pure Life » in English, this is the expression of eternal optimism that is taken from a movie named « Pura Vida » directed by Gilberto Martinez Solares. It has been used nationally since 1970.
We could translate this expression in several ways to understand it better: « enjoy life », « everything is fine », « hello », « goodbye », « how are you? ». This expression may be difficult to understand for a foreigner who has not yet set foot in Costa Rica, but it makes sense when you have been there once.
« Pura Vida » lets the person who says it appear that, whatever his current situation, he is happy with what he has in his life in every sense of the word, material or immaterial. That is why a foreigner from Europe or North America understands this expression when visiting Costa Rica because this country is a small paradise on earth whose people have adapted a serene lifestyle that cannot be found anywhere else.
Some examples with « Pura Vida » in Spanish :
Hola Javier, Pura Vida ? Todo bien, Gracias a dios.
On the other hand :
Hola, como estas ? Pura Vida y tu ?
Conoces a Ana ? Si, ella es muy Pura Vida.