Pura Vida!

"La Puma" The streets are filled with colorful and unique artwork.

Welcome to Costa Rica, the land of peace and ecotourism. The intent of this column is to take you with me on the adventures and cultural perspectives on my study abroad. From the depths of daily life to the frontlines of the conservation movement, I hope to translate everything I learn back to you through writing and photography. Up first is a little background about what makes this country special and the principle of Pura Vida.

Costa Rica was the first country ever to abolish its military and it has been this way since 1949. On the conservation side of things, more than 25 percent of the land is protected. It is one of the most biodiverse locations in the world with 4.5 percent of all known species on the planet, which is significant as it only covers 0.03 percent of the earth’s surface.

The people of Costa Rica do not referrer to themselves as Costa Ricans, instead they call themselves ticos(men) and ticas(women).

Pura Vida is the country motto and this way of life is very unique. Basically, it translates to “pure life” or “this is living,” but the expression is used as a greeting, farewell, “thank you,” “your welcome,” and, from my experience so far, just about anything else. If it’s a beautiful day ticos say “Pura Vida,” if the weather is miserable, “Pura Vida,” if someone steals your car, “Pura Vida;” life goes on.

This portion of my blog will be daily from here on out, which means my photos may not be the best. But they will improve with time and cultural immersion and I hope I can give you a true perspective of life here.

"Explosion of Life" Ferns and colorful trees are abundant

About ryancorrigan

So who is Ryan Corrigan and why should you choose to view his pictures? Ryan Corrigan is an award winning photographer...... blah bablah..bablah. Nope. I have won some awards, but nothing to be proud about and I am not going to subject you to some poetic, third-person, illusion of a perfect being biography like some of the other guys out there. I am a gangly, six-foot three college dork who wants to develop his photography and writing skills in the hope of one day making it as a photojournalist for National Geographic. My photography is amateur and my writing skills are even more sub par, but enough with the cynicism. I am actually an extremely positive person. My passions are nature conservation, telling stories, and doing service work, I intend to encompass all three with this site. I believe if I inspire you with the stories of endangered species and pieces of land and the people who are trying to protect it, you will in tern be inspired to donate to their cause or at least be conscience about your every day decisions. I am currently a Junior at Doane College in Crete, NE studying Environmental Science, Biology, and Journalism. I live my life as adventurously as possible, love to cook, garden, and go to concerts. I believe one person can change the world, but it would be a lot easier if everyone came together. I hope you enjoy the site!
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One Response to Pura Vida!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing your photos and thoughts. Costa Rica is a nation of contrasts. I look forward to seeing it through your lens.

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