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

27 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

I keep my cool and ask the usual questions.

Turns out he says the post can be a metal pole at least 20 feet long and I can get one at a hardware store but to make sure I get a top for it so it won’t fill with water during the rainy season.

Well, that seems easy enough because there’s a brand new hardware store only about ten minutes down the rough dirt road from me.  I go to the store.  They have the pole.  They don’t have the top.  So I’m off to do the sixty minute thing (and some other things in town since I have to go there anyway).  I get back home with my pole and its top.

My security guard (see My Security Guard) says he can install it.   I leave for California for a week and when I’m back my pole is installed so I hustle on down the (road) to the ICE office to tell them I’m ready.  Take another number but at least this time it’s a short wait and the guy says “we’ll be there in two weeks” (my frustration is building, I look around, the security guard looks “ready”, even has what looks like a sawed off shot gun).  You guessed it.  Three more weeks go by.  I go back to ICE and this time he says “we’ll be there this week”.   But this is C.R. and I know better so I only wait one week before I go back to ICE.   Here’s where it gets really comical.  By now the guy at ICE recognizes me (he’s not the only one there but coincidentally each time my number is called it’s been his turn).  So I ask “when”.   He actually seems to care.  He picks up his phone, makes a call, no answer, tries a couple more times, no answer, hangs up, takes a piece of scratch paper and writes a name and number on it and hands it to me and tells me to call tomorrow!   I look around.  The security guard is ready.  OK, I leave peacefully.  The next day I call but no answer (several times).

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