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

22 Feb

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 15 continued

I was a little nervous because I learned a long time ago the importance of buying the ticket early (see Taking the bus).  So I just figured I’d get up early, go into Santa Cruz and hopefully get a ticket for the 10am bus which would put me in S.J. around 3:30 because I had agreed to get there early enough for one of the potential buyers to take the car to a mechanic for inspection.

I got up at 6am.  I was about ready to leave when Rafael, a day labor type person and artist whom I had been trying to connect with, showed up at 7am.  Rafael is a wonderful person and a really good artist.  I’ve hired him in the past to do various odd jobs and have several pieces of his art in my house.  He does really nice wood carvings on boards that originally were flat.  But a year or so ago he had a stroke which left him with a speech problem coupled with a lessoned ability to understand what you are trying to get him to understand.  Of course the poor guy has trouble getting work and he lives in Santa Cruz and he had driven his motorcycle to my house.  So I wasn’t about to send him away.  Hell, one time he was so broke that when he got to my house I gave him an advance on the work he was going to do so he could buy gas to get back home.  And also, I have learned that when a worker does show up you better take advantage of it because you never know when you’ll see them again.  In this country of mañana land relaxed attitudes the thought of keeping a schedule is a joke.

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