Pura Vida - My Family Travels

Traveling is considered one of the greatest experiences we can have. If you have ever left the country, you know there is nothing like experiencing a new culture, a new set of traditions and a new atmosphere.

In 2006, I visited Costa Rica for the first time. Costa Rica is considered to have some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and rainforests in the world. Being the home of 90 percent of the world’s biodiversity, it is an experience unlike no other.

Of course, with entering a new country, you enter a new climate. The humidity at times is unbearable and this is coming from a Miami native. Being a Miami native I also know a lot about bad driving, but Costa Rica beats South Florida. With the high altitude one way roads and sharp turns, you are often questioning the driver.

Driving in Costa Rica is like no other. No one brakes, people drive 90 kilometer an hour on a mountain — it’s ridiculous. However, the views that you see from the mountains takes away from the weather and poor driving.

With beautiful ambiance in every corner, it is really a beautiful country. In Costa Rica, there is an expression ‘Pura Vida.’ In English it means pure life and it is considered the law of the land. It is a reminder that life is wonderful, enjoy it.

That is what I took from my vacation. I might have been mugged, attacked by mosquitoes and risking my life in a car, but the country is a reminder that life is beautiful, even at its worst.

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