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

29 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

Well, I’ve been to the office several times since then but refuse to go in because I look in the door and see this big crowd of people and know if go in the security guard will actually have something to do.  Will I ever have a land line?

So another week or so has gone by and I decided to try something easy.  I called the woman who I last spoke with.  The one thing I can say nice about Costa Ricans (actually I can say many nice things) is that they are very friendly.

Especially if they perceive you as friendly and they particularly warm up if you also seem respectful of them as your equal or give them the respect of their position.

If you want the best a tico has to give do not be the “I’m better than you” gringo… ever!

Today is Wednesday.  I told her the story and gave her the address the guy suggested.  She said “Friday”!  That’s too good to be true but the good news is I won’t be here anyway.  So if they actually show up Mario can handle it and if they don’t he can deal with the immediate disappointment.  After all, they would like a phone too.

Friday came… ICE came!!!  I wasn’t here but they left a phone number which Nidia says is now my number.  You’re thinking the story ends here.  The part that was unimportant until now is that the phone lines inside my house have never been installed by the electrician because he says ICE had to do something special with the wires when they installed them so he could make a proper connection.  Now I wonder how long before he installs them. As usual here, workers say they’ll be here “tomorrow”, but days or even weeks can go by before you actually see them.  And, I have discovered, if you leave right after they show up they sometimes leave right after you.  You get back only to see that nothing was accomplished.  But at least now I have someone closer to me to bug.  I have hope again.


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