Even though Costa Rica has an area slightly smaller than Lake Michigan, more than 25% of its land is protected national parks and refuges and is home to 52 species of hummingbirds. The country has more than 121 volcanic formations and seven of them are active, Poas Volcano has the second widest crater in the world and Arenal is one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world. The population is 4.1 million and approximately 2 million live in the capital and metro area of San Jose. The verbal expression for the Costa Rican follows their look on life, “pura vida” is the national saying, which means “pure life,” a sunny, feel good expression used as a greeting, goodbye, or if someone asks how you are doing. And please do not blow your noses in public! In fact, this custom is considered impolite, disgusting, and even embarrassing. The restroom is the appropriate place to do it.