SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise

24 Oct

This is a continuation of the introduction to:

SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise

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 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 now, to continue: These are the journal entries I made as I happily continued my adventures in Costa Rica.  They began in April of 2002.  It is now 2012.  They are not entered in chronological order and most don’t have exact dates included.  You’ll see as you read along that dates are not important.   And, this country being what it is, I’m sure they will continue as long as I am here to enjoy them.

If you live in any country other than the U.S. you may be able to relate and chuckle or shake your head in disbelief with me as you read along.

As time passed and the interesting experiences continued, I began to realize that every month I was creating at least one new journal entry.  I had two thoughts about that.  The first one was: what great fun and how interesting it is for a gringo, who is used to 60 + years of the stability and “normalcy” of U.S. living.  As a friend of mine, who is originally from Germany but has lived here nearly 20 years, said recently “every day there is something… it’s never boring here”.  The second thought was: this is normal for here!  That means that everyone who comes here could write a journal.  That explains why a certain percentage of gringos (definition: foreigners) stay only a couple years and then leave.  One, for sure, needs to have the correct attitude to settle in and adjust to the culture and its rhythm.

Occasionally I run into a North American who has been living here a number of years but still doesn’t speak the language (much).  I usually ask how that’s possible.  Almost always the answer is because they are sequestered away in some “gated community” that has its own shopping area which they seldom leave and therefore English is primarily what’s spoken there.   Pity

Hmmmm… kind of reminds me of the people from other countries I would meet in California who had lived in the U.S. for many years but didn’t speak much English.

So maybe not all gringos have as much fun as me.  You have to just dive in and live it!


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