An Echo of Marti

During my travels through Cuba, I learned about the life of José Marti. Upon arriving back home to Los Angeles, I discovered that there is a statue dedicated to Marti in Echo Park, which was erected to commemorate his life as well as the contributions to American society of Cuban immigrants. José Marti was a…

¿Pura Vida o Vida Pura?

Pure Life — It’s the phrase that sums up Costa Rica. In Spanish it’s vida pura, because the adjective ‘pura’ goes after the noun. However, in Costa Rica, the Ticos and Ticas say Pira Vida. I even saw a store’s sign that read Pura Vida, so I think it works both ways. Though I’m thoroughly…