How does Pura Vida relate to peace on earth?
(Paul) Hi there. Paul Carter here in Costa Rica on Christmas Eve day with a true message of peace on earth.
I’m going to interview Yami Godinez Chanto, who is a teacher in the schools of San Isidro Perez Zeledon here in Costa Rica. And we’re going to be continuing our exploration here of Pura Vida, and how it relates to a refired life.
(Yami) OK, my name is Yami Godinez Chanto. I am from Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica. I teach English in primary school public school. My school is the biggest school in Perez Zeledon. It has about a thousand students. And all of them learn English from pre-school to sixth grade. And there are all type of students. There are really poor. There are middle class. And there are kind of rich students.
Pura Vida is something like – it’s inside us. It’s part of Costa Ricans. We learn it from (when we are) babies. We say Pura Vida for most of the things – to live Pura Vida. It’s like a philosophy – I don’t know.
From a long time ago, 1948, there was a revolution – a war in Costa Rica. And since that the winner decided to dissolve the army. José Figueres Ferrer was his name. And he was the President for a few times. He decided to – thanks to him, it’s my opinion, my personal opinion, now we are a democracy. Some people regret about it. Some people say there is no democracy. But we vote for our President every four years. And we don’t need an army to keep the peace in our country. So maybe that’s why we have Pura Vida.
And we also use Pura Vida sometimes as kind of – I forgot the word. Like when you say “Oh yeah, right!” (Laughs) As in, “Ah, si. Pura Vida.” Like – ironic. Sometimes we use it as an ironic word, too. But most of the time we say “How are you?” – “Pura Vida.” “How is your family?” “Pura Vida.” “How is life?” “Ah! Pura Vida.” Everthing is Pura Vida. Maybe it’s because that root we have in our democracy from that revolution and from that guy that decided not to have an army in Costa Rica – for his decision. Maybe. I don’t know. I never think about it.
This little tree here is a guava tree. And we are putting plastic bags (on the fruit), because the flies bite the fruit when it’s of age, and don’t let them grow. So if we (put) them into these plastic bags, the flies are not going to bite them. So we are going to have beautiful guavas like this size. We eat them. Just cut in pieces, and eat them. It’s a delicious fruit. (With) the traditional guava we can make marmalade – delicious marmalade. But (with) this one we never do anything like that. We eat them raw like eating fruit. And I think we can also put them on a salad. And I never (thought) about it. But now that you (mention it), it might be nice.
That tree over there is a mango tree. I feel like we have a little Eden here. Because the squirrels come here to eat the insects. A lot of birds come here. Sometimes iguanas. It’s a little Eden. There is an avocado tree. This one over here is sick, I think. It’s a noni tree. I don’t know if it’s the same name in English. But the name of this fruit in Spanish is noni.
I’m very proud of my canton. It’s the canton Perez Zeledon. Because we have plenty of water. The weather is good always. Sometimes it rains. Sometimes it’s clear and shiny. But not extremely hot. Not extremely cold. It’s perfect. The people (are) nice people – working people, hard workers. It’s like if you go to a store and you watch the girls that work at the store, and they are talking about the university that they have to do this work, or they have to go to classes, because people here are always trying to be better – to succeed. That’s the way I see my town.
If you want to leave the U.S.A., come to Perez Zeledon to live here. (Laughs) It’s a very nice place. The mountains are close. The beaches are close. Everything’s close. Nice weather. Plenty of water. Friendly people. Peaceful place. It’s not that there are not bad people. There are bad people. But the nice people is the most.
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And in the mean time I wish you very happy holidays, and let’s go out there and refire.