Pura Vida! Pure life – that is exactly what I experienced on my first ever alumni trip. Being immersed in Costa Rica’s culture for eight days, I began to embrace this idea of living the simple life and the idea of going with the flow.
The journey was filled with adventure, volunteerism, and nature. Each of us was challenged to reach outside of our comfort zone. Through each activity, through each day, we all supported one another.
No matter where we went, we were always greeted with a genuine smile. The people were amazing — sharing their history, customs, values, and let’s not forget, their food! Each conversation we had was real and heartfelt.
There is something truly special about sharing experiences such as this one with a group of people. We made memories, shared laughs, and even some tears. But most of all, we celebrated life and each other. Each of us has grown from this experience and that is what recovery is all about!
Each step moment made me appreciate and live in gratitude. Pura Vida is not something you can explain. It is a way of life. It is a feeling. It is what made the trip to Costa Rica so special.