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

26 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

chapter 6 continued

So I’m not so sure this theory about holding something back until they’re “done” has any meaning here.   I put “done” in quotes because that word has a different meaning here than in Ca.  Here “done” means “good enough” in their opinion.  In Ca. “good enough” doesn’t cut it.  We want nearly impossible perfection.  I’ve come to accept as part of the “charm” of C.R. “good enough”.

Trying to get anywhere near perfection here is like trying to teach a pig to sing.  All you do is frustrate yourself and aggravate the pig.

Well, another two months gone!  Mario is vacationing in the states for 5 weeks.  I ran into one of his electricians and hired him to finish up some minor details.  He hasn’t finished yet.  The main electrician, Macho, tells me every week he’s coming.  I haven’t seen him even once.  Carlos sent his guys.  They got enough done that I can actually begin to get my apartments ready to rent.  Hallelujah!

The rest is small stuff, mostly in my residential part on the second floor, and he says he’ll send them this month.  So I’m close to being at a “stopping point”.  I wonder what it will feel like not anticipating some worker(s).

But just so you don’t think I’m not having fun yet… read the other stuff.  I’m having a blast!

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