Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you and your family, from my wife and me. What better way to celebrate the holiday season than to take a sail off the coast of Costa Rica in the Pacific Ocean on a warm, sunny day between Christmas and New Year's. Yes, that is when this photo was taken.

For those people who live in cold climates, I am sorry to rub in the beautiful weather that we have at this time of year. Although Costa Rica is north of the equator, people refer to November through April as "summer" because it is our dry season and you can count on lots of sunshine, almost no rain, and temperature in the 80's (F) or 27-32 (C).

This photo was taken by a honeymooning couple from Los Angeles. We took their photo and they reciprocated. It turns out that we had walked by their wedding the evening before, as they got married on Langosta Beach

Julie's shirt says "Pura Vida" which is the national slogan of Costa Rica. It translates literally as "pure life," but in Costa Rica it is used in a way that is similar to the way "Aloha" is used in Hawaii. People use it to say hello, goodbye, they are fine, thank you, etc. With weather in December like what you see in this photo, it is indeed, a time for pura vida.

For a contrast to warm tropical sunshine, our photos this week on Viva la Voyage show winter in Vienna, Austria. We hope you find them of interest.

16 comments:

villa said...

Feliz 2010.

Leif Hagen said...

Hey you two Costa Rica movie stars! Looks like you've found a paradise for New Year's celebrations!
Happy New Year 2010!

Rambling Round said...

What a great way to celebrate the new year! Have a happy one!

brattcat said...

It looks as if you have discovered the secret to a 'pura vida'. Best wishes to you both.

Jarart said...

Pura Vida is a good name for this picture. Happy New Year!

Saretta said...

Looks lovely! Happy, happy 2010!

Bob Crowe said...

Oh, dear. I look at this photo and then out my office window at the cold, gray sky of St. Louis and sigh. Not that I'm much of a fun in the sun kind of guy - I'm as white as they make them and I've had melanoma so I'm usually completely covered up year-round. Still, having had the pleasure of visiting Costa Rica twice, I understand the pura vida idea. It doesn't apply here.

Happy New Year to you and your family.

Rob and Mandy said...

Pura vida y bon any to you!

Ineke said...

Happy New Year Dave & Julie! (and yes, very jealous about the sunny weather!)

susieofarabia said...

Wishing you and Julie all the best in the coming year from Saudi Arabia! Looks like you're off to a great start.

Sharon said...

Happy New Year you two world travelers! See you soon!

Hilda said...

A lovely portrait. Happy New Year!

Shantaram said...

Hello, Dave & Julie: Just a quick note to wish you folks the very best for 2010 - have a great year, living a vida pura!

Jilly said...

What a lovely photo of two happy people in a perfect environment. Wishing you both the happiest of New Year's.

Tash said...

Great way to start the new year - with a lovely photo of the two of you. Nice to see you closer up.
BEAUTIFUL day for a sailboat sail.
Wish you both and your family a joyous and healthy New 2010! Vida pura!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Happy New Year to the gorgeous couple. You both look great! Happy traveling for 2010!

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