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

20 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 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

You’ll read about the mistake I made not extending the roof line further than I told my contractor to build it.  But now is a good time to suggest that you actually extend it further than recommended for reason that will become obvious later.

Anyway, back to construction challenges.  My lot, being right at the beach, is a little low and floods or better yet, becomes a swamp during the rainy season.  So for that reason I had about 2 feet of fill dirt put on it one year prior to construction.  It’s obvious that that was a good decision because I’ve seen the shallow lake that forms next to me.  So finally the year had passed, the fill dirt was well compacted, and Mario could start.

He doesn’t speak English but his wife (Alice) is fluent (from Switzerland) and begins to send me pictures of the progress.  I see the dirt.  I see the footings dug.

They’re down about four feet.  I see the steel re-bar in place in the footings.  I get a panicked email from Alice.  The municipality has come and jerked the permits thus stopping the work because the footings are too close to the property line.  How did this happen?

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