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

22 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 10 continued

Now, ICE is an interesting animal, as you will read in Getting a Land Line Phone and Internet, but at least I think I can now make and receive calls and way cheaper than my rent-a-phone.  But one of the first things I discover is that it won’t allow me to make calls out of the country.  It literally took four months before someone told me I had to go to ICE and request that service.   So I do (sixty minutes down the god awful road, wait in line, yada yada), then one day a few weeks later I get a text message from ICE in Spanish and someone translates it for me… I have two days to pay a deposit for the long distance privilege or my phone will be shut off.   

Sixty minutes down that rough dirt road again and up the two little red steps later (see Getting a Land Line Phone and Internet ) and I can talk to my family in California. 

Now, you would think that since I at least have a cell phone it would make the wait for a land phone line easier, right?

Wrong.  Because even though the phone works pretty well in most of the places I have tried to use it, although reception is spotty at best and you are constantly getting dropped or not able to access the network at all, it does not receive a signal anywhere on my lot!  So I can’t use it the one place I spend most of my time, at home.  To make a call I’ve discovered two places where I get a good signal, the Guacamaya lodge and bar Junquillal.  Nice places to make calls from.  Friendly people, beer, and food… what more do I want?


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