Pura vida, a characteristic Costa Rican phrase, literally means pure life, with connotations that suggest translations such as “full of life”, “this is living!”, “going great”, or “real living”. The phrase can be used both as a greeting or a farewell, as an answer expressing that things are going well, as a way of giving thanks, or showing appreciation. In modern day usage, the saying goes beyond its simple translation: it’s a way of life. It is a perspective to life that evokes a spirit that is carefree, laid back and optimistic.
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