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

30 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 12 continued

Part 2

Two weeks later I had just arrived by bus in San Jose on Friday afternoon.  I had only arrived back in the country from the two weeks I was talking about in part 1 the day before and had decided to go to S.J. to visit my friends Al and his wife Maritza and do a little shopping for my apartments.  Things are a little cheaper in S.J., I hadn’t seen Al and Maritza for a couple months and the bank I do business with does not have a branch near me in Junquillal and they don’t charge me a service charge for the exchange of $’s to colones.  So I had a month’s worth of money with me to exchange.

Here is my routine when I go to S.J.  I pack the carry-on that I use on the airplane with whatever I need for S.J.  Things like clothes, my bag of personal care items, my Franklin planner which, at that point, contains not only all my credit cards, drivers license, passport, phone directory,  all the money I have just exchanged and the carry-on also has both my C.R. and Ca. cell phones, my camera, all the keys to cars and business and other miscellaneous items.  In other words, my carry-on contains some of the more critical elements of my life.  From the bus depot I take a cab straight to my bank, tell the cab driver to wait for me, make my exchange and go directly to the hotel I always stay at and put the money in a safe deposit box.  But this time, as the cab pulled up to let me out at the bank, a girl came over thinking the cab would be free upon my exit.  It was raining, she didn’t have an umbrella and I did, so I took pity on her and let her have the cab. They left.  I made my exchange and went back out to the curb to hail another cab.  It’s raining, I do have my umbrella open, but cab after cab goes whizzing by with people in it.

Finally, what I think is a private cab pulls up.  The driver asks where I’m going, gives me a fair price and I get in.  Now, I have to explain what is meant by “private” cab.  The official taxis in all of C.R. are red in color with a yellow triangle on top with the name of the operating company on it.  Private taxis are just cars owned by individuals that use it as their business.

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