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

16 Nov

This is the continuation of a series of blogs 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 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

chapter 6 continued

As it turned out, I’m not sure mine should have been licensed to begin with.  She was referred to me by my contractor (a fact for which he apologized later).  I don’t hold it against him because the referral came after his satisfaction with her performance but before his utter disgust with her performance about the same time I was struggling with her.  You know the expression “cut your loses”?  When you’ve already paid half the total price up front as a deposit to get someone started (which is the standard practice here) you have a tendency to hang in there thinking it’s just got to get better.  It got worse.

Enter the contractor.  He actually did a great job!  I only wish he would have acted like the “general” like I was expecting.  Maybe my first clue should have been when he referred me to the guy who does all the cabinet work and installs kitchens and bathrooms. Because, as he informed me after I accepted what I thought was a complete bid, he doesn’t do closets, cabinets, kitchens and bathrooms.  Carlos, the guy doing all that stuff, is also an “architect” (not licensed) but is doing a good job (not finished yet so that may be another chapter) and seems genuinely interested in my satisfaction.  The contractors name is Mario (so I don’t have to keep typing “contractor”) and since I would not hesitate to refer him as a builder I’m comfortable using his name.


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