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

18 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 8 continued

Now I need to know if she knows someone who can make it.  This is where it gets interesting.  It’s one thing for me to understand a very clear and patient native Spanish speaker.  Try understanding Spanish with a Chinese accent.  But she says yes, she knows a lady who can make it.  I figure she’s going to give me directions to some house in town and she says “veintisiete” (27).  27?  What’s 27?  The lady is 27?  She lives 27 blocks away?  No, she says, veintisiete, veintisiete, with her Spangnese.  I say to myself “don’t show frustration, that won’t help, remain calm, keep your attitude positive, etc.”  And we proceed to go round and round around the word veintisiete.  Finally, she says “pequena puente” (little bridge).  We go round and round around pequena puente for awhile when all of a sudden it hits me!  There’s a little bridge about 17 km from town, right where the pavement ends and the dirt road starts, that I go across each time I go to town.  I ask her if that’s the bridge she’s talking about.  Yes!!  Then she says veintisiete is 1 or 2 km past the bridge.  I get excited because I think I’m getting close to discovering something.

It turns out that just after you cross the bridge onto the dirt there is an intersection where I have to turn left and then within a quarter mile another intersection where I have to turn right to get to Playa Junquillal.  At that intersection there is a road sign with arrows pointing various directions and the names of towns printed by the arrows and at the top of the sign I’ve always wondered why they would put a date with an arrow pointing straight ahead.  The date is 27 de abril (27 of April).  Good grief, there’s a town named 27 of April!!  I get it!  It’s only 1 km from the sign.  That’s where I need to go next!  Fantastic… what’s her name and where does she live?  My little old Chinese lady has no idea.  She just knows there’s a lady in 27 of April who sows things.

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