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

11 Jan

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

Then about four months ago a friend, who lives near me, told me there was a combination of RACSA and ICE equipment available for my area that could bring faster internet to me.  So off to ICE in Santa Cruz I went.  They told me to go to RACSA.  I went to RACSA (in Nicoya, remember?).  They told me to go to ICE.  Is this crazy or what?  Remember, these two entities are two branches of the same government agency!  They really do need a security guard.

By the way, as of this date, I still go to the same office to pay (although it has moved further from the office where the security guard is) and there is still no security guard in that location where all the money is!

Well, after more and varied research it finally became clear that the place I needed to start at was the ICE office, no matter what those under trained, ill informed and seemingly uncaring government employees said.  So there I was, back in the ICE office with the bored looking security guard, just before they closed for the day.

Remember all the proof of existence I mentioned earlier in this story that these government agencies and banks require?  Well, part of that proof is called a Personeria Juredica (or something like that) which is proof that your company still exists and you’re still the president.  That document can be no older than 30 days and needs to be submitted each time you need to prove your existence to some government agency.  That requires paying an attorney $30 to provide you with an officially stamped and notarized original document which you then present to the agency.  Obviously, since nothing goes smoothly here, one is forever running to an attorney to get a new one.  The point being, ICE told me to come back when I had all the papers fresh and ready (they got to go home on time that day which was months ago).

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