The essence of Costa Rica, for me, may be summed up as follows:
Spanish: "Ayer nunca pasó, y mañana no existe."© 2008 Michael Poynton
English: "Yesterday never happened, and tomorrow doesn't exist."© Michael Poynton
Living for the day is what it's all about here. No one thinks about yesterday, and no one thinks about tomorrow (unless it's a vacation day). You live in the moment. No future, no past. Every day is the first day.
Works well when you're on vacation. Doesn't work at all when you're trying to do business. You just get used to repeating yourself over and over again.