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

11 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, continuing around the block, a book store, luggage, flowers, coffee (I think they export their best but I have found one brand that I get a good cup of rich, dark and strong coffee from), telephones, meat market, fish market, nut & fruit stand, a small department store with an assortment of the above, a small hotel and I suspect I’ve forgotten a couple others.  And this scenario is repeated in block after block in downtown San Jose.

It’s completely fascinating and even though the types of stores are basically the same in each block, there will be diversity in brands.  Not being a big shopper, I couldn’t tell you if what I just described is good news or bad news but it does make for interesting walking.

Then, there is “Mercado Central”.  Think of the OrangeCounty swap meet in Costa Mesa, Ca.  I don’t know if it’s the biggest in the nation but it’s pretty big.  Now cram it and everything else I’ve mentioned above (except the hotel) into one huge building, one level only, all under one roof, in one square block that is 100 meters square, with all the little stalls and stores separated by narrow passage ways that you need to turn sideways in to pass someone and which don’t necessarily intersect at right angles.  It took me wandering through many times before I stopped getting lost in there.  And I still don’t know how to find any given stall when I’m out of sight of it.  I still need to wander around until I run into it again.  It’s a fun place to get lost.  Now multiply that conglomeration by at least three more similarly configured blocks that I know of and you have a fair description of downtown San Jose.  It’s pretty interesting to me at the least.  It fascinates me that they can all stay in business.  I guess with 2.8 million people, most of who probably mill around there at least occasionally, there is enough business to go around.  I’ve noticed in my many trips to that city that the fruits and vegetables always look fresh.  As a matter of fact, most of the fruits are seasonal and those that I’ve sampled taste like they just came off the tree/vine, fully ripened, sweet and delicious.  What a treat!  Try finding that in your local U.S. market.

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