Gringo Gulch: Sex, Tourism, and Social Mobility in Costa Rica

by Nick Ward The term “pura vida” is a colloquialism unique to Costa Rica. The direct translation of pura vida is “pure life,” and it is meant to express a national ethos of eternal optimism. Costa Ricans use pura vida as a means to say hello, goodbye, thank you and you’re welcome – really, it … Continue reading Gringo Gulch: Sex, Tourism, and Social Mobility in Costa Rica