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

15 Dec

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 7 continued

The timing was such that I needed to leave for Ca. so I put it out of my mind and just figured I’d have to look around for someone else when I got back.  But fortunately for me when I got back he said she changed her mind.  They moved in (with less than one pick-up load).  Now I have eyes and ears 24/7 and I’m feeling much more secure.  And by the way, they are wonderful people and hard, willing workers.  I feel very fortunate to have stumbled onto them.

If you go to my website www.plumitapacifica.com and notice the landscaping you’ll be looking at what Mario has created for me over the years.

When they moved in all that was here was a dirt lot with a house on it.  No plants, ground cover, trees, shrubs, flowers or anything… just dirt and a house.  They asked me what my plans were for landscaping.  I said I had no idea since I hadn’t done any planning or designing in that regards but that I liked lots of color and flowers.  Mario began bringing in plants, ground cover, trees, shrubs and fruit bearing plants such as papayas, bananas, pineapples, and yucca, orange and lemon trees.  When you see the photos what you are looking at is totally Mario’s design and landscaping ideas.  I have never said a word to him except “thank you!”  

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