¿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…

Alfredo Sanchez Lives!

Alfredo Sanchez was sitting at the lunch table with four strangers — one of whom had nearly killed him less than an hour earlier. With that behind him, Sanchez was eager to sink his teeth into his meal. In one breath he uttered something in English. Then, his curiosity piqued when the Asian woman who…

Last Day in Barcelona

On my final day in Barcelona, I went on the tour of Salvador Dali’s museum in Figueras. Thereafter our tour group went to Cadaques where we toured Dali’s home. The day was one heck of an adventure as I had arrived late to the tour embarkation point and had to decide whether to forgo the…

Last Day in Madrid

On my last day in Madrid I attended an event put on by Se Habla Español — an organization affiliated with the Instituto de Cervantes. Se Habla Español has led extracurricular tours of Madrid after class Mondays through Friday. On this day, we took in three art exhibits at Circulo de Bellas Artes before heading…

Con Marta en Granada

Durante seis días en Granada, estudié el Español por un total de diez horas con profesora Marta. Marta y yo conversábamos por dos o tres horas cada sesión. En el ultima día caminábamos y conversábamos sobre las cosas en Granada que veíamos. Nosotros entrábamos un jardín construyeron por los Moors. La vivencia fue mas spectacular…