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

10 May

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 24 continued

Ok, one more reason you men might want to visit S.J.  I have never, in all my travels, and even after having lived in the land of luscious blonds (California), seen such a concentration of beautiful sexy looking women anywhere else.  I could get very graphic here, but I won’t.  But having said that, in all fairness, I need to “good news/bad news” a little.  The beauty is almost always under 35.  The bad news is… I don’t know where it goes after 35.  I can tell you Ca. has it all over C.R. if you’re looking for beauty over 35.

Moving on to some of the other interesting sites around the city, at nearly every intersection in central San Jose on at least one corner are vendor stands and usually you’ll see them on all four corners.  Most sell fruits and vegetables, or others hard goods such as sunglasses, watches, jewelry.  But of course every block is chocked full of small (in terms of square feet) stores that all seem to sell much the same thing categorically.  So, in your imagination, walk around just one block with me.  There will be little café’s, fruit, vegetable, or meat markets, shoe stores, men’s clothing, women’s clothing, furniture, appliances, electronics, hardware, a drug store, a fragrance shop (they’re interesting).  I’ll take a small side trip here at the fragrance shop.  You walk in and they ask you to name your desired fragrance or will have a wide variety of fragrances available for you to sniff.  You tell them what you want and they make it and bottle it for you right there.

I gave it a try once.   I gave them the name of one of my personal fragrances that I wear and in less than three minutes the girl handed me my bottle.   Now, understanding that it’s a knock off, it wasn’t exactly what I would have received in an original package, but fragrances last me a long time so it will also be interesting to see how it holds up.  Ask me again in a few years.   (Interjection:  it’s been over six years since I wrote this and it still smells great.)

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