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The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Costa Rica has long been heralded as a vacationer’s dream, with kilometers upon kilometers of untouched beaches, volcanoes to climb, wildlife to photograph and treetops to zipline through.  However, in the recent ‘Cinderella story’ of Costa Rica’s climb to the World Cup quarter finals, this petite country has captured the heart of the globe in a whole new way.

Obviously, social media has been a big contributor to the popularity of the 2014 World Cup – making the entire tournament more popular than ever  – but the images and intimate vocal recordings of the Costa Rican players, full of expletives, tears, and praise to the universe and their mothers in all their possible glory is what  makes this team and this country so relatable because of the raw human emotion rarely seen by a spectator.

The sincerity, this sheer enthusiasm for life and unity, is what makes Costa Rica different  from any place on Earth.  Even without the hype of the World Cup, the Central American country has silently thrived, implementing game changing policies,  such as eliminating their army in 1948 and being carbon neutral by 2021.

On a more personal level, even though Costa Rica is the size of West Virginia and only has four million citizens, it is a nation of unprecedented self-regard, even before Greece missed that last shoot out goal.  When you take a moment to soak in the Costa Rican pride, it’s evident in every nook, especially in cars, where miniature versions of the red, white and blue flag are proudly displayed in front windows.

Even in loss, the country is more proud than ever of their Tico team as Costa Rica steps up to be a global force to be reckoned with.

By Lindsey Vast

 

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica

 

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