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

8 Apr

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 19 continued

As it was for her:

She failed the written test by a small margin but she’s exceedingly cute and sexy looking and is forever being hit on by ticos and gringos of all ages and marital status (especially the ticos, who are notorious philanderers).  And as luck would have it, the head cop happened to be there that day.

So she’s back to square one but when the cop said he would take special exception to her plight and help her and then turned the picture of his wife and family over, that was on his desk, after she asked him if that was his wife and family, she had a sense that some strings might get pulled (other than the ones on her bikini panties).

Somehow he set it up so that when she finally got back there to take the written test again she had no trouble passing it.  She explained it to me but there were too many technical words for my Spanish to handle so I pretended like I understood.  After all, it was only important that she passed!

But then she had to get her scooter to COSEVY to take the driving test.   I happened to be in Ca. during that appointment but it turned out the only way she could get it there was to hire a taxi/pickup truck and for $70 one way haul it there.  $70 might not sound like a lot to you but when your income is less than $300 a month it’s a lot. 

Her plan was to drive it home after passing and going through steps 7, 8 & 9.

She got the scooter to COSEVY only to be told that the system was down and that she would have to come back another day!  By the way, COSEVY has armed security guards too.  There’s no cash in the building but… frustration!

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