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.