SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise by Gary Davis – plumitapacifica.com

30 Oct

This is the continuation of a series of posts on my blog to promote the e-book SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA – which is a Guide to… the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise… This is a guide book that will give you the kind of insider’s knowledge that you might wish you had before you made your decision to move or not move to Costa Rica.

Every blog entry will start with the appendix because that way when you read whatever else I have posted it will 1. make sense (I hope) and 2. give you a point of reference in case you realize you need to read something that is “archived”.  Because if you read every blog I enter you will have eventually read the whole e-book and won’t need to order it for $2.99 from Amazon or B&N.  All you’ll be missing are the photos that show what you might expect if you choose to undertake the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise.

As I said, I will start each blog with the appendix so that the reader can reference important elements of the book to archived blogs.  The page numbers shown are the actual page they appear on in the book. Here is the Appendix – and these are all the nuggets and their corresponding page numbers:

Definition of “nugget” – 3, Doors & Windows – 7, Manufacturing – 11, Real Estate – 11, Shipping – 12,Maps, – 15, Corporations – 20, Traffic Cops – 23, Know basic Spanish – 30, Panama – 33, Roof Line – 42, Plumita Pacifica Web Address – 65, Getting the Best a Tico has to Offer – 84, Power Surges – 86, Liberia Airport – 88, Attitude – 104, Cellular Phones – 117, Newspapers – 18, Your Embassy – 137, Buying & Selling Cars – 154, Drive Slowly – 161, Arriving at the Airport – 168, Wages & Prices – 170, Undertows – 226, Life Ring – 230, Avoiding Customs Confiscations – 234, Driving Rules – 236, Walking in the City – 249, Purchasing Anything – 258, Buying Fresh Produce – 263, Bus Tickets – 272, to “Bribe” or not to “Bribe” – 313, Traffic ticket Prices – 315, Exiting the Country – 337

And just in case you’re interested… here’s the table of contents:

Introduction and Preliminary Comments – 3, My First Trip -15, Lost in Guanacaste – Playa Coyote – 20, Trust with a Child – 26, Lost in Panama – 29, Attorneys – 35, My Contractor – 38, My Security Guard – 61, My Toldo – 67, Getting a Land Line Phone and Internet – 76, A Cellular Phone – 115, A Country Doctor – 124, A Lesson Well Learned – 130, A Little Green Frog – 138, A Little Brown Frog and a Bat – 146, A “Murphy’s Law” Day – 153, Driving in the Rainy Season – 161, Drunk Drivers – 174, Fiesta del Toros – 185, Getting a Drivers License – 195, INS and a Minor Accident – 203, Lifeguards – 224, Passing through Customs – 232, Rules of the Road for Tico Driving – 236, San Jose – 241, Shopping and Making Tamales – 250, Taking the Bus – 272, Turtles in My Front Yard – 281, Untitled – 287, When it Rains it Pours (sometimes) – 294, She Found My Lot – 307, My First Traffic Ticket – 312, Ticket # 2 – 316, My Radar Detector – 318, Ticket # 3 (after a slow speed chase) – 324, A Christmas Parade – 338, Sex (the truth about ticos) – 343, Photo Album – 347, Appendix – 374

chapter 15 continued

Now just so you’ll know, I’ve gotten over nervously fidgeting when things are not going my way.  Remember the name I’ve come up with for this country?  “Costa Rica, the country where your plans don’t matter”, because no matter what you plan they will get changed.  So instead of being upset or fidgety I simply say to myself “hmmmm lets see how this plays out”.   And you know, it’s been wonderful learning this lesson because things always work out in some interesting fashion.

The bus arrived in San Jose at 7:15pm.  Wow, a whole fifteen minutes early.  But then there was the matter of taking a taxi to the hotel at which I had reservations.  Traffic in S.J. is abdominal at best but this night it was worse.  I discovered the reason why when I got to Gran Hotel Costa Rica.  The hotel shares a plaza with the national theatre, which is the opera house.  They are both beautiful old colonial structures having been built around the turn of the 20th century.  They are located on avenida segundo, which is downtown San Jose’s main street.  This is a four lane one way street that never has less than five lanes of traffic crowded onto it.  But on this night the cops have two of the lanes blocked off for parking for a couple blocks because the president of the county, Oscar Arias, is giving an address in the national theatre.  And wouldn’t you know, my hotel is right behind Gran Hotel Costa Rica.

I finally got to Al’s house at 8:30 and of course the first words out of my mouth, after the informal and warm greetings, were “did anyone give you money”.  No!  And furthermore, the second guy to show up was the guy working with the agent and not only had he decided not to buy the car, he had left with the keys!   So here it is Saturday night.  I had left the agents phone number in my Franklin planner in my hotel room because it was too late to call anyway.  No one works on Sunday.  Monday is a national holiday (Juan Santa Maria day, who was a national hero from the colonial era). 

So Al and Maritza and I went to dinner, had great conversation, a couple bottles of wine and I was in bed by 1am.  I finally reached the agent Monday night who said the keys will be delivered to Al on Tuesday (does that sound like “the check is in the mail”?).  It is now 10:30 Tuesday night and no word from Al.  

Hmmmm lets see how this plays out.

The keys showed up on Wednesday.

SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise by Gary Davis – plumitapacifica.com

29 Oct

This is the continuation of a series of posts on my blog to promote the e-book SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA – which is a Guide to… the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise… This is a guide book that will give you the kind of insider’s knowledge that you might wish you had before you made your decision to move or not move to Costa Rica.

Every blog entry will start with the appendix because that way when you read whatever else I have posted it will 1. make sense (I hope) and 2. give you a point of reference in case you realize you need to read something that is “archived”.  Because if you read every blog I enter you will have eventually read the whole e-book and won’t need to order it for $2.99 from Amazon or B&N.  All you’ll be missing are the photos that show what you might expect if you choose to undertake the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise.

As I said, I will start each blog with the appendix so that the reader can reference important elements of the book to archived blogs.  The page numbers shown are the actual page they appear on in the book. Here is the Appendix – and these are all the nuggets and their corresponding page numbers:

Definition of “nugget” – 3, Doors & Windows – 7, Manufacturing – 11, Real Estate – 11, Shipping – 12,Maps, – 15, Corporations – 20, Traffic Cops – 23, Know basic Spanish – 30, Panama – 33, Roof Line – 42, Plumita Pacifica Web Address – 65, Getting the Best a Tico has to Offer – 84, Power Surges – 86, Liberia Airport – 88, Attitude – 104, Cellular Phones – 117, Newspapers – 18, Your Embassy – 137, Buying & Selling Cars – 154, Drive Slowly – 161, Arriving at the Airport – 168, Wages & Prices – 170, Undertows – 226, Life Ring – 230, Avoiding Customs Confiscations – 234, Driving Rules – 236, Walking in the City – 249, Purchasing Anything – 258, Buying Fresh Produce – 263, Bus Tickets – 272, to “Bribe” or not to “Bribe” – 313, Traffic ticket Prices – 315, Exiting the Country – 337

And just in case you’re interested… here’s the table of contents:

Introduction and Preliminary Comments – 3, My First Trip -15, Lost in Guanacaste – Playa Coyote – 20, Trust with a Child – 26, Lost in Panama – 29, Attorneys – 35, My Contractor – 38, My Security Guard – 61, My Toldo – 67, Getting a Land Line Phone and Internet – 76, A Cellular Phone – 115, A Country Doctor – 124, A Lesson Well Learned – 130, A Little Green Frog – 138, A Little Brown Frog and a Bat – 146, A “Murphy’s Law” Day – 153, Driving in the Rainy Season – 161, Drunk Drivers – 174, Fiesta del Toros – 185, Getting a Drivers License – 195, INS and a Minor Accident – 203, Lifeguards – 224, Passing through Customs – 232, Rules of the Road for Tico Driving – 236, San Jose – 241, Shopping and Making Tamales – 250, Taking the Bus – 272, Turtles in My Front Yard – 281, Untitled – 287, When it Rains it Pours (sometimes) – 294, She Found My Lot – 307, My First Traffic Ticket – 312, Ticket # 2 – 316, My Radar Detector – 318, Ticket # 3 (after a slow speed chase) – 324, A Christmas Parade – 338, Sex (the truth about ticos) – 343, Photo Album – 347, Appendix – 374

chapter 15 continued

Well, at 8:30 I was ready to leave.  Then the phone rings.  It’s one of the potential buyers.  We have a lengthy conversation which involves answering his many questions.  He finally signs off with the indication that he will send a friend on Saturday, who lives in S.J., to look at the car and if it passes the friends inspection he will leave a deposit with Al.   The buyer also lived two hours away from S.J.  Then the phone rings again.  This time it’s the other potential buyer, whom I have never talked with because he was using an agent and all my conversations previously had been only with the agent, and I explain to him it may be too late.  Then the phone rings again and it’s the agent asking if I would give them the first right of refusal since they had been the first to contact me.   Of course I said no.   I said the first person to show up on Saturday that gives Al a deposit gets the car.  Coincidentally, I had the 2008 registration sticker for the car with me and had told the agent in an earlier conversation that I would contact them when I got in to San Jose so they could drive the car to their inspection facility.  That was part of the reason I was hoping to get to S.J. in the mid afternoon.

By now it’s 9:45.  So much for catching the 10am bus.  No problem, I’ll catch the 12:00 noon bus.   That puts me in S.J. around 5:30 and even though it’s a little late they may still be able to do the inspection.

Someone who has lived in Playa Junquillal for fifteen years told me a long time ago when I got my first flat tire that I’d have lots of those.   He was right.  In the fifteen months I’ve lived here I’ve had eight flats and two blow outs.   If you’ve ever driven Costa Rica roads you know why you get so many flats.

Yep, I go to my car, it has a flat.  In the short time I have lived here I have now changed more tires than in the sum total of the rest of my adult life. 

So even though I’m pretty fast at it now, by the time I got it changed and to the repair shop it was 10:30.  Ok, I’m thinking that I’m cutting it pretty close because I still have to take my car to the secure (sort of) place I leave it in Santa Cruz and then get a cab to the bus depot.  

So I decide to go get the ticket first then go park my car.   I made it to the bus terminal a couple minutes after 11.  There were 31 people in line for tickets to San Jose!  In all the times I’ve been to that terminal I’ve never had more than 6 or 8 people in front of me.  Well, it was 12:05 by the time I got up to the ticket window.   I bought a ticket for the 2pm bus and went and had lunch and a couple beers.

SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise by Gary Davis – plumitapacifica.com

28 Oct

This is the continuation of a series of posts on my blog to promote the e-book SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA – which is a Guide to… the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise… This is a guide book that will give you the kind of insider’s knowledge that you might wish you had before you made your decision to move or not move to Costa Rica.

Every blog entry will start with the appendix because that way when you read whatever else I have posted it will 1. make sense (I hope) and 2. give you a point of reference in case you realize you need to read something that is “archived”.  Because if you read every blog I enter you will have eventually read the whole e-book and won’t need to order it for $2.99 from Amazon or B&N.  All you’ll be missing are the photos that show what you might expect if you choose to undertake the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise.

As I said, I will start each blog with the appendix so that the reader can reference important elements of the book to archived blogs.  The page numbers shown are the actual page they appear on in the book. Here is the Appendix – and these are all the nuggets and their corresponding page numbers:

Definition of “nugget” – 3, Doors & Windows – 7, Manufacturing – 11, Real Estate – 11, Shipping – 12,Maps, – 15, Corporations – 20, Traffic Cops – 23, Know basic Spanish – 30, Panama – 33, Roof Line – 42, Plumita Pacifica Web Address – 65, Getting the Best a Tico has to Offer – 84, Power Surges – 86, Liberia Airport – 88, Attitude – 104, Cellular Phones – 117, Newspapers – 18, Your Embassy – 137, Buying & Selling Cars – 154, Drive Slowly – 161, Arriving at the Airport – 168, Wages & Prices – 170, Undertows – 226, Life Ring – 230, Avoiding Customs Confiscations – 234, Driving Rules – 236, Walking in the City – 249, Purchasing Anything – 258, Buying Fresh Produce – 263, Bus Tickets – 272, to “Bribe” or not to “Bribe” – 313, Traffic ticket Prices – 315, Exiting the Country – 337

And just in case you’re interested… here’s the table of contents:

Introduction and Preliminary Comments – 3, My First Trip -15, Lost in Guanacaste – Playa Coyote – 20, Trust with a Child – 26, Lost in Panama – 29, Attorneys – 35, My Contractor – 38, My Security Guard – 61, My Toldo – 67, Getting a Land Line Phone and Internet – 76, A Cellular Phone – 115, A Country Doctor – 124, A Lesson Well Learned – 130, A Little Green Frog – 138, A Little Brown Frog and a Bat – 146, A “Murphy’s Law” Day – 153, Driving in the Rainy Season – 161, Drunk Drivers – 174, Fiesta del Toros – 185, Getting a Drivers License – 195, INS and a Minor Accident – 203, Lifeguards – 224, Passing through Customs – 232, Rules of the Road for Tico Driving – 236, San Jose – 241, Shopping and Making Tamales – 250, Taking the Bus – 272, Turtles in My Front Yard – 281, Untitled – 287, When it Rains it Pours (sometimes) – 294, She Found My Lot – 307, My First Traffic Ticket – 312, Ticket # 2 – 316, My Radar Detector – 318, Ticket # 3 (after a slow speed chase) – 324, A Christmas Parade – 338, Sex (the truth about ticos) – 343, Photo Album – 347, Appendix – 374

chapter 15 continued

I was a little nervous because I learned a long time ago the importance of buying the ticket early (see Taking the bus).  So I just figured I’d get up early, go into Santa Cruz and hopefully get a ticket for the 10am bus which would put me in S.J. around 3:30 because I had agreed to get there early enough for one of the potential buyers to take the car to a mechanic for inspection.

I got up at 6am.  I was about ready to leave when Rafael, a day labor type person and artist whom I had been trying to connect with, showed up at 7am.  Rafael is a wonderful person and a really good artist.  I’ve hired him in the past to do various odd jobs and have several pieces of his art in my house.  He does really nice wood carvings on boards that originally were flat.  But a year or so ago he had a stroke which left him with a speech problem coupled with a lessoned ability to understand what you are trying to get him to understand.  Of course the poor guy has trouble getting work and he lives in Santa Cruz and he had driven his motorcycle to my house.  So I wasn’t about to send him away.  Hell, one time he was so broke that when he got to my house I gave him an advance on the work he was going to do so he could buy gas to get back home.  And also, I have learned that when a worker does show up you better take advantage of it because you never know when you’ll see them again.  In this country of mañana land relaxed attitudes the thought of keeping a schedule is a joke.

SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise by Gary Davis – plumitapacifica.com

27 Oct

This is the continuation of a series of posts on my blog to promote the e-book SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA – which is a Guide to… the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise… This is a guide book that will give you the kind of insider’s knowledge that you might wish you had before you made your decision to move or not move to Costa Rica.

Every blog entry will start with the appendix because that way when you read whatever else I have posted it will 1. make sense (I hope) and 2. give you a point of reference in case you realize you need to read something that is “archived”.  Because if you read every blog I enter you will have eventually read the whole e-book and won’t need to order it for $2.99 from Amazon or B&N.  All you’ll be missing are the photos that show what you might expect if you choose to undertake the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise.

As I said, I will start each blog with the appendix so that the reader can reference important elements of the book to archived blogs.  The page numbers shown are the actual page they appear on in the book. Here is the Appendix – and these are all the nuggets and their corresponding page numbers:

Definition of “nugget” – 3, Doors & Windows – 7, Manufacturing – 11, Real Estate – 11, Shipping – 12,Maps, – 15, Corporations – 20, Traffic Cops – 23, Know basic Spanish – 30, Panama – 33, Roof Line – 42, Plumita Pacifica Web Address – 65, Getting the Best a Tico has to Offer – 84, Power Surges – 86, Liberia Airport – 88, Attitude – 104, Cellular Phones – 117, Newspapers – 18, Your Embassy – 137, Buying & Selling Cars – 154, Drive Slowly – 161, Arriving at the Airport – 168, Wages & Prices – 170, Undertows – 226, Life Ring – 230, Avoiding Customs Confiscations – 234, Driving Rules – 236, Walking in the City – 249, Purchasing Anything – 258, Buying Fresh Produce – 263, Bus Tickets – 272, to “Bribe” or not to “Bribe” – 313, Traffic ticket Prices – 315, Exiting the Country – 337

And just in case you’re interested… here’s the table of contents:

Introduction and Preliminary Comments – 3, My First Trip -15, Lost in Guanacaste – Playa Coyote – 20, Trust with a Child – 26, Lost in Panama – 29, Attorneys – 35, My Contractor – 38, My Security Guard – 61, My Toldo – 67, Getting a Land Line Phone and Internet – 76, A Cellular Phone – 115, A Country Doctor – 124, A Lesson Well Learned – 130, A Little Green Frog – 138, A Little Brown Frog and a Bat – 146, A “Murphy’s Law” Day – 153, Driving in the Rainy Season – 161, Drunk Drivers – 174, Fiesta del Toros – 185, Getting a Drivers License – 195, INS and a Minor Accident – 203, Lifeguards – 224, Passing through Customs – 232, Rules of the Road for Tico Driving – 236, San Jose – 241, Shopping and Making Tamales – 250, Taking the Bus – 272, Turtles in My Front Yard – 281, Untitled – 287, When it Rains it Pours (sometimes) – 294, She Found My Lot – 307, My First Traffic Ticket – 312, Ticket # 2 – 316, My Radar Detector – 318, Ticket # 3 (after a slow speed chase) – 324, A Christmas Parade – 338, Sex (the truth about ticos) – 343, Photo Album – 347, Appendix – 374

chapter 15 continued

A note on buying/selling cars in C.R.  There is no “Craig’s List” and even though you can advertise in a paper it was interesting for me to discover that ticos want the car to be “like new”.  And you will need an attorney.

The good news is I have a friend, Al, who lives in S.J.  He was kind enough to offer to let me park the car at his house in a very secure part of his property.  Al doesn’t drive because his vision is restricted but he agreed to sit in the passenger seat whenever someone wanted to take it for a drive.  I gave him all the paperwork and the keys with the simple request that if someone wanted to buy it to take a deposit and tell them I would come to S.J. immediately to finish the transaction.  Buying a car in C.R. is not as simple as it is in Ca.  They don’t have a DMV and it requires an attorney to handle the transfer of title.

The months passed.  I kept lowering the price.  Finally it is priced well under the market to the extent that one person was skeptical because the price was so low.  Still no buyers.  Then, all of a sudden, I get two calls the same day from two very interested sounding people.  They both want to buy the car almost sight unseen.  So I agree to come to S.J.  to meet whoever.  That was on Friday.  I’ll come on Saturday.

Friday afternoon I go to Santa Cruz, where the bus terminal is, to buy the ticket.  The last bus leaves at 6pm.  I arrive at 6:15.  The window is closed.  “Murphy” has just entered the story.

 

SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise by Gary Davis – plumitapacifica.com

25 Oct

This is the continuation of a series of posts on my blog to promote the e-book SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA – which is a Guide to… the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise… This is a guide book that will give you the kind of insider’s knowledge that you might wish you had before you made your decision to move or not move to Costa Rica.

Every blog entry will start with the appendix because that way when you read whatever else I have posted it will 1. make sense (I hope) and 2. give you a point of reference in case you realize you need to read something that is “archived”.  Because if you read every blog I enter you will have eventually read the whole e-book and won’t need to order it for $2.99 from Amazon or B&N.  All you’ll be missing are the photos that show what you might expect if you choose to undertake the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise.

As I said, I will start each blog with the appendix so that the reader can reference important elements of the book to archived blogs.  The page numbers shown are the actual page they appear on in the book. Here is the Appendix – and these are all the nuggets and their corresponding page numbers:

Definition of “nugget” – 3, Doors & Windows – 7, Manufacturing – 11, Real Estate – 11, Shipping – 12,Maps, – 15, Corporations – 20, Traffic Cops – 23, Know basic Spanish – 30, Panama – 33, Roof Line – 42, Plumita Pacifica Web Address – 65, Getting the Best a Tico has to Offer – 84, Power Surges – 86, Liberia Airport – 88, Attitude – 104, Cellular Phones – 117, Newspapers – 18, Your Embassy – 137, Buying & Selling Cars – 154, Drive Slowly – 161, Arriving at the Airport – 168, Wages & Prices – 170, Undertows – 226, Life Ring – 230, Avoiding Customs Confiscations – 234, Driving Rules – 236, Walking in the City – 249, Purchasing Anything – 258, Buying Fresh Produce – 263, Bus Tickets – 272, to “Bribe” or not to “Bribe” – 313, Traffic ticket Prices – 315, Exiting the Country – 337

And just in case you’re interested… here’s the table of contents:

Introduction and Preliminary Comments – 3, My First Trip -15, Lost in Guanacaste – Playa Coyote – 20, Trust with a Child – 26, Lost in Panama – 29, Attorneys – 35, My Contractor – 38, My Security Guard – 61, My Toldo – 67, Getting a Land Line Phone and Internet – 76, A Cellular Phone – 115, A Country Doctor – 124, A Lesson Well Learned – 130, A Little Green Frog – 138, A Little Brown Frog and a Bat – 146, A “Murphy’s Law” Day – 153, Driving in the Rainy Season – 161, Drunk Drivers – 174, Fiesta del Toros – 185, Getting a Drivers License – 195, INS and a Minor Accident – 203, Lifeguards – 224, Passing through Customs – 232, Rules of the Road for Tico Driving – 236, San Jose – 241, Shopping and Making Tamales – 250, Taking the Bus – 272, Turtles in My Front Yard – 281, Untitled – 287, When it Rains it Pours (sometimes) – 294, She Found My Lot – 307, My First Traffic Ticket – 312, Ticket # 2 – 316, My Radar Detector – 318, Ticket # 3 (after a slow speed chase) – 324, A Christmas Parade – 338, Sex (the truth about ticos) – 343, Photo Album – 347, Appendix – 374

chapter 14 continued & chapter 15

There is a lot of nature around me and I’m really enjoying it.  It so reminds me of the first fifteen years of my life in the sticks of Alaska (but nice and warm!).

P.S.  The bat was gone the next morning.

chapter 15

A “MURPHY’S LAW” DAY

This was not a normal day in Costa Rica.  But it contained, in concentrated form, many of the interesting glitches that I have come to expect/live with/laugh off as part of the price I pay to live in paradise.   I’m convinced Murphy lives in C.R.  He travels to other parts of the world to mess with people from time to time, but he lives in Costa Rica.

It started the night before.

I have had a car for sale for exactly a year now.  I’ve sold cars before in Ca. whenever I bought a new one.  I think the longest it ever took me was three weeks.  So, thinking like a gringo, I bought my next car and then put the other one on the market.  Well, for starters, since I live in a very rural area, and 70% of Costa Rica’s population lives in or around San Jose, I wasn’t too surprised that 90% of the calls were coming from that area.  What was more disconcerting was how few calls I was getting in total.  And of course the ones from San Jose were a total waste.  Of those, most were not serious.  If you’ve ever advertised a car for sale then you know what I mean.   But because S.J. is five and a half hours away by car, even if someone was serious, they were not about to drive to me and I, not knowing if they were really serious, was not willing to go on a bunch of wild goose chases.  Especially since I had discovered the pleasure of a relaxed $4.50 bus ride as opposed to a stressful $40 in gas drive (one way).

So a few months ago, after having received only about six calls from people close enough to show the car to, it became clear that if I was ever going to sell it I needed to have it in San Jose.

 

SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise by Gary Davis – plumitapacifica.com

24 Oct

This is the continuation of a series of posts on my blog to promote the e-book SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA – which is a Guide to… the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise… This is a guide book that will give you the kind of insider’s knowledge that you might wish you had before you made your decision to move or not move to Costa Rica.

Every blog entry will start with the appendix because that way when you read whatever else I have posted it will 1. make sense (I hope) and 2. give you a point of reference in case you realize you need to read something that is “archived”.  Because if you read every blog I enter you will have eventually read the whole e-book and won’t need to order it for $2.99 from Amazon or B&N.  All you’ll be missing are the photos that show what you might expect if you choose to undertake the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise.

As I said, I will start each blog with the appendix so that the reader can reference important elements of the book to archived blogs.  The page numbers shown are the actual page they appear on in the book. Here is the Appendix – and these are all the nuggets and their corresponding page numbers:

Definition of “nugget” – 3, Doors & Windows – 7, Manufacturing – 11, Real Estate – 11, Shipping – 12,Maps, – 15, Corporations – 20, Traffic Cops – 23, Know basic Spanish – 30, Panama – 33, Roof Line – 42, Plumita Pacifica Web Address – 65, Getting the Best a Tico has to Offer – 84, Power Surges – 86, Liberia Airport – 88, Attitude – 104, Cellular Phones – 117, Newspapers – 18, Your Embassy – 137, Buying & Selling Cars – 154, Drive Slowly – 161, Arriving at the Airport – 168, Wages & Prices – 170, Undertows – 226, Life Ring – 230, Avoiding Customs Confiscations – 234, Driving Rules – 236, Walking in the City – 249, Purchasing Anything – 258, Buying Fresh Produce – 263, Bus Tickets – 272, to “Bribe” or not to “Bribe” – 313, Traffic ticket Prices – 315, Exiting the Country – 337

And just in case you’re interested… here’s the table of contents:

Introduction and Preliminary Comments – 3, My First Trip -15, Lost in Guanacaste – Playa Coyote – 20, Trust with a Child – 26, Lost in Panama – 29, Attorneys – 35, My Contractor – 38, My Security Guard – 61, My Toldo – 67, Getting a Land Line Phone and Internet – 76, A Cellular Phone – 115, A Country Doctor – 124, A Lesson Well Learned – 130, A Little Green Frog – 138, A Little Brown Frog and a Bat – 146, A “Murphy’s Law” Day – 153, Driving in the Rainy Season – 161, Drunk Drivers – 174, Fiesta del Toros – 185, Getting a Drivers License – 195, INS and a Minor Accident – 203, Lifeguards – 224, Passing through Customs – 232, Rules of the Road for Tico Driving – 236, San Jose – 241, Shopping and Making Tamales – 250, Taking the Bus – 272, Turtles in My Front Yard – 281, Untitled – 287, When it Rains it Pours (sometimes) – 294, She Found My Lot – 307, My First Traffic Ticket – 312, Ticket # 2 – 316, My Radar Detector – 318, Ticket # 3 (after a slow speed chase) – 324, A Christmas Parade – 338, Sex (the truth about ticos) – 343, Photo Album – 347, Appendix – 374

chapter 14 continued

That bird incident was quite interesting by the way.  I had tried to help him out in the morning right after he flew in but was unsuccessful.  I needed to leave for a few hours so I figured he’d figure it out while I was gone but when I got back he was still there. 

I decided to give him more time because I really didn’t want to grab him for fear of hurting him so I took a book outside to read in the hammock I have hanging from a couple coconut palms.  It was incredible!  Birds will actually try to help each other plus they communicate.  Here is what I witnessed.   Another bird repeatedly flew at the screens making interesting bird sounds while the one that was trapped talked back.  I don’t know how long this had been going on because I had been gone for some time but I laid there in my hammock and watched this for about a half hour.  Finally it became clear that they just couldn’t figure out how to get out so I went back in and gently grabbed him and then quickly released him with a downward motion.  It worked.  He flew to the edge of my deck and paused there for a moment.  The other bird flew up to him making bird noises and they flew off together talking.  What a trip!

SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise by Gary Davis – plumitapacifica.com

23 Oct

This is the continuation of a series of posts on my blog to promote the e-book SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA – which is a Guide to… the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise… This is a guide book that will give you the kind of insider’s knowledge that you might wish you had before you made your decision to move or not move to Costa Rica.

Every blog entry will start with the appendix because that way when you read whatever else I have posted it will 1. make sense (I hope) and 2. give you a point of reference in case you realize you need to read something that is “archived”.  Because if you read every blog I enter you will have eventually read the whole e-book and won’t need to order it for $2.99 from Amazon or B&N.  All you’ll be missing are the photos that show what you might expect if you choose to undertake the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise.

As I said, I will start each blog with the appendix so that the reader can reference important elements of the book to archived blogs.  The page numbers shown are the actual page they appear on in the book. Here is the Appendix – and these are all the nuggets and their corresponding page numbers:

Definition of “nugget” – 3, Doors & Windows – 7, Manufacturing – 11, Real Estate – 11, Shipping – 12,Maps, – 15, Corporations – 20, Traffic Cops – 23, Know basic Spanish – 30, Panama – 33, Roof Line – 42, Plumita Pacifica Web Address – 65, Getting the Best a Tico has to Offer – 84, Power Surges – 86, Liberia Airport – 88, Attitude – 104, Cellular Phones – 117, Newspapers – 18, Your Embassy – 137, Buying & Selling Cars – 154, Drive Slowly – 161, Arriving at the Airport – 168, Wages & Prices – 170, Undertows – 226, Life Ring – 230, Avoiding Customs Confiscations – 234, Driving Rules – 236, Walking in the City – 249, Purchasing Anything – 258, Buying Fresh Produce – 263, Bus Tickets – 272, to “Bribe” or not to “Bribe” – 313, Traffic ticket Prices – 315, Exiting the Country – 337

And just in case you’re interested… here’s the table of contents:

Introduction and Preliminary Comments – 3, My First Trip -15, Lost in Guanacaste – Playa Coyote – 20, Trust with a Child – 26, Lost in Panama – 29, Attorneys – 35, My Contractor – 38, My Security Guard – 61, My Toldo – 67, Getting a Land Line Phone and Internet – 76, A Cellular Phone – 115, A Country Doctor – 124, A Lesson Well Learned – 130, A Little Green Frog – 138, A Little Brown Frog and a Bat – 146, A “Murphy’s Law” Day – 153, Driving in the Rainy Season – 161, Drunk Drivers – 174, Fiesta del Toros – 185, Getting a Drivers License – 195, INS and a Minor Accident – 203, Lifeguards – 224, Passing through Customs – 232, Rules of the Road for Tico Driving – 236, San Jose – 241, Shopping and Making Tamales – 250, Taking the Bus – 272, Turtles in My Front Yard – 281, Untitled – 287, When it Rains it Pours (sometimes) – 294, She Found My Lot – 307, My First Traffic Ticket – 312, Ticket # 2 – 316, My Radar Detector – 318, Ticket # 3 (after a slow speed chase) – 324, A Christmas Parade – 338, Sex (the truth about ticos) – 343, Photo Album – 347, Appendix – 374

chapter 14 continued

Now for the bats.  Finally!  I have seen a bat.  He accidentally flew into a screened area of my living room deck and couldn’t figure out how to get back out.  As you read in My Toldo one of the many fronts in my guerra de los zancudos (war of the mosquitoes) was to put up a bat house.  I had heard they like to feast on mosquitoes so for $50 I ordered one completely assembled, had it shipped to me in Ca, put it in my suitcase and brought it here and installed it in a location that was suggested in the directions that came with it.  That was nearly a year and a half ago.  Nidia said she saw a bat right away but every night I keep my eyes peeled and have never seen one until now. 

Mosquitoes are an ongoing challenge here so you may be able to understand why I was excited to finally see one.  That was just this evening.  Hopefully he won’t still be trapped in the morning.

 I haven’t tried to catch him because every time I’m even within six feet of him he panics and flies to a different location.  I had a bird trapped in this same location a few months ago and of course wasn’t so worried about injuring him since I have lots of that type of  bird around my house but I had a heck of a time helping him escape.  Critters that fly always fly in an “up” direction when humans are around and I need for them to fly down and out to help them escape because “up” just puts them against the roof.  So we’ll see if the bat figures it out over night.

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