Pura Vida/ Pure Life! It is the National Motto of Costa Rica . I love it! The phrase conveys a state of happiness, peace, and tranquility. I will also add that it has to do with a healthy living standard, their work preserving ecology, and in general a good old natural life. It is used to greet, to say good bye, and to show appreciation. Oh, yes everything was Pura Vida (great) in Costa Rica.
I just returned from Costa Rica where I presented a workshop with Barbara Jones, colleague from IFLA/FAIFE, about how to implement IFLA/UNESCO Internet Manifesto Guidelines. I am very impressed with Central American librarians. School, Public and Academic librarians have been very receptive to the guidelines and how to apply them. Their energy was wonderful! It was a really good experience for everyone. These are one of the things why I like to work with IFLA/FAIFE. My gratitude to Alice Miranda Arguedas, coordinator in Costa Rica, Elizabet Maria Ramos de Carvalho, Regional Manager of the IFLA/ Latin America and Caribbean Office, and many other really nice librarians that attended the event. It was great to work with them!
I also had time to know more of Costa Rica. Canoping not on zip lines but with cables! and Rafting were wonderful. Extreme-sports-girl here. The organizing committee also arranged an all-in-one guided visit to the Poas Volcano, water falls, butterfly-farm, and the Sarapiqui River as well.
A little info about Costa Rica: the country has only about 0.1% of the world’s landmass; it contains 5% of the world’s biodiversity. Over 25% of Costa Rica is composed of protected forests and reserves. It is indeed, Pura Vida/ Pure Life!