Pura Vida, Part 1: Festival of Lights - GoRefire.com - Paul Carter's Blog

Pura Vida, Part 1: Festival of Lights

Paul Carter goes to Costa Rica in search of Pura Vida

Hi there, Paul Carter here.

If you know me at all, you know I’m not much into reTirement. I’m into reFirement. That means for me that at least once per year I go to a foreign country such as two years ago I went to the Dominican Republic. Last year I went to Nicaragua. This year I’m in Costa Rica. And I expect to be for the next three months, because I want to experience a different culture. Latin American cultures appeal to me as a source of reFirement.

What can we learn about reFirement from Pura Vida?

So I’m in Costa Rica right now. And the reason I chose to be here is because of a concept called Pura Vida. And for the next few videos we’ll be exploring what Costa Ricans mean by Pura Vida.

Tonight we happen to be here on festival night here in San Isidro. So stick around, and let’s find out what Pura Vida is all about.

If you like what you see here,…

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  1. I’d love to hear what you think or have to say about Pura Vida and your reFirement. So, please scroll down and leave a comment below. 
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Paul Carter

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Julia Soto Lebentritt - last year

Hey Paul,
This is great. Love the variety of scenes you recorded, some initmate between parents and children, others deep culture and community. Gracias
a la vida! Julia (who-le-ah)

    Paul Carter - last year

    Thanks, Julia. It was great fun shooting the festival.

Cherie - last year


    Paul Carter - last year

    Coming from you, Cherie, as the world traveler you are, I take “good” as a great complement.

Bobbie - last year

I love that you are sharing your refire adventure! Cant wait to see next!

    Paul Carter - last year

    It’s my pleasure, Bobbie. Thanks for all your support.

John Bisner - last year

Paul, this video is very nice, can not wait to see the others. Thank you for sharing. I am certain, you will fine your pure life, in Costa Rica….

Your friend,


    Paul Carter - last year

    I’m so glad to have you as my new Costa Rican friend, John.

    Paul Carter - last year

    Thanks for your help finding pure life here in your town.


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