Pura Vida, Part 2: Siberia Eco Lodge

John Bisner shows Paul Carter Pura Vida at Siberia Eco Lodge, Costa Rica

Hi There. Paul Carter here, in Costa Rica. If you saw my last video, you know I arrived here on the day of the Festival of Lights in San Isridro. And part of my wanderings around that day I happened upon a booth operated by a writers and editors group. And as I happen to be part of a group like that back home, I stopped by.

And I met a gentleman by the name of John Bisner, who invited me to come up to a place in the mountains to experience Pura Vida. 

Yes, John has brought me up here in what he calls Siberia, a beautiful place. This is a cabin that’s being built. It’s still in process. 

(John) Welcome to Siberia Eco Lodge. Here, we’re standing in one of the log cabins that we’re rebuilding. This is a very nice place in the woods of Siberia San Isidro, Perez Zeledon, where you can come and experience the Purda Vida life of Costa Rica.

(Paul) We’re still in the rainy season up here in the mountains, so we can’t see the beautiful blue sky or hear the birdsong, but there’s plenty to do anyway. 

(John) I’d like to show you where the shiitaki mushrooms are. These pieces of wood where these holes are is where the seed for the shiitaki mushrooms go. They are planted in this type of wood. And they are stacked together like this. And we just wait for some time and they start growing. And we pick that up in a very organic, natural process, and then we eat them.

There you can see some of the shiitaki mushrooms growing out. They aren’t really big mushrooms. These are just small ones, just coming up. They grow in these holes, and then we pick them up and get them ready to eat. Beautiful, healthy, tasty – they are magnificent.

Here we have Lucille and her daughter. They are cooking some beautiful shiitaki mushrooms. And we are about to enjoy them. They are beautiful. And the smell. I know you can see them with the camera, but you cannot smell them. The smell is just really beautiful. Very appetizing.

Now a little bit of soup. Have some plantains over here. A little bit of salad. The grape juice, and the shiitaki is coming. Enjoy.

And Lucille is a very good cook, an excellent cook. 

We Ticos live a different style of life that we like to call Pura Vida. It’s something that we’d like the world to see in such a small nation that you can live in peace with the neighbors, with the friends,  with your family, with everyone. It’s OK if you have disagreements. That’s part of life. But we don’t have to have armies to have people’s respect. You earn their respect by how you conduct yourself, how you conduct your business, how you make your life as well. 

We admire the old people very much because of their wisdom that they have and can share with us. As a Costa Rican I’m very happy and pleased with what we are and how we live our lives in this country.

(Paul) John Bisner is an incredible resource for experiencing Pura Vida, not only in his writings, but also in his contacts among the Costa Rican people. So I’ve left his contact information down below.


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John’s phone number: 506.8530.5072