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

24 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 9 continued

By this time though there was only one person waiting so the guy motioned for me to come right over. Whew.   He takes my receipt, stamps it, pulls out an 8-1/2×11 sheet with BIG numbers on it, tells me I have to post it (I never did figure out where, but my construction workers put it in a couple different places, not that it matters as you will soon see), and says they’ll be there within two weeks to install my line.   It’s mid December and my house isn’t quite ready for me to camp out in it yet but my contractor assures me it will be in January.   I go back to Ca. to be with family and friends for the holidays.   I’ll return in January.

Two weeks go by.  Four weeks go by.   It’s mid January and my house is no where near “done” but at least there is a shower (cold water only), a bathroom sink and a toilet.   What else do I need?   I begin my new life in C.R. camping out in my house.   I’ll buy a BBQ later so I can at least cook something too.   But no phone, so I take the sixty minute drive back down the rough dirt road to the ICE office and ask “when”.   He says in the next two weeks (I guess that’s code for “god knows when”).  Three more weeks go by.   I pull out of my road one day onto the main road and just down the road I see the ICE truck stopped and a couple guys are working on something.   I stop and ask them if they’re coming to my place.   One of the guys thumbs through a stack of work orders and says “yes, give us 5 minutes”.   I don’t leave.   No way am I going to leave and hope they find me because this is when I learn they don’t have the map and 500 meters north of bar…

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