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COSTA RICA by KATE on 25 november 2015

PURA VIDA My first words ever with a Costa Rican, a Tico I think, besides the lady at the customs and the taxi driver to the bus station was to my bus neighbor Kevin, who sat besides me for 6 hours on our bus journey from San Jose to Puerto Viejo.
And he was a nice chap.
Past my crap Spanish we discussed about many many things (6 hours of bus, yes) and I enjoyed every bit of it.
I found him cheerful but not too much, very nice but not overly happy.
We discussed about difficulties, economics, family, food, cooking, nature…

Once in Puerto Viejo we met but only few ticos, the ones we interacted with at the supermarket, on the street to buy fruits, at the fereteria, and others as well we simply engaged in a simple Hola, a smile, and most of them replied.
But I must admit that I have not seen happiness as much as I expected.
As I mentioned in another post, the Costa Rican are quiet people, not necessarily exuberant loud people so maybe I am mistaking and everyone lives in this Pura Vida state of mind and felicity many blogs had me believe before I came here.

But I seriously doubt it even though there is a certain quality of life here I do not deny.
I asked about wages here and I experienced the harsh reality of the cost of life in this tiny country, a cost that my European wallet cannot afford.
And my sources of income as low as they might be at times as an independent still rise above the average Costa Rican revenue.
As I said, it’s no country for poor men and I think it does reflect on people’s happiness and expression of that happiness.

I was greeted with a Pura Vida very often, it seemed to me it replaced the Hasta Luego or the Adios we say in Spain.
It didn’t carry more than that and people who have lived here long enough seem to confirm my first sight impressions.
People struggle in this country and perhaps it is time the lucky globe trotters who write what should be objective reviews on this country do it in an objective way and not with the broad candid smile most tourists wear riding their bike on holidays.

Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with that but it simply lacks objectivity and mistakenly guide people to false beliefs.

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