Day 42: An artist who makes me smile every week

When I found out that artist Priscilla Aguirre was going to illustrate my book in 2016, I smiled from ear to ear – and ever since, glimpsing her new creations on social media has been a regular pleasure of mine.

Aguirre’s distinctive style and brand, Holalola, grew out of her desire to showcase a side of Costa Rica’s beauty that isn’t often captured in postcards: the taxis, neighborhoods and idiosyncrasies of San José and other communities. These days, you can find Holalola posters, mugs, aprons and more, commemorating all seven provinces, Costa Rican traditions and much more. She’s even branched out into agendas and dolls.

Follow Priscilla and Holalola on Facebook and Instagram for happy, colorful boosts of Costa Rica anytime – and visit her online store or shop in Barrio Dent if you want to see more.

I’m a writer in San José, Costa Rica, on a year-long quest to share daily posts on inspiring people, places and ideas from my adopted home as a kind of tonic during a rough time in the world. Sign up (top right of this page) to receive a little dose of inspiration every weekday in your mailbox; tell a friend; check out past posts; and please connect with me on Instagram or Facebook! You can also find me churning out small, square poems on any topic under the sun (here on the site, on Instagram or Twitter). 

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