SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise by Gary Davis plumitapacifica.com

24 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 25 continued

Anyway, back to the story, we had no problem finding everything she wanted… except the pork and the special oil that’s made from pork fat.  You can imagine my disbelief at not finding those holiday staples!

As the day wore on and my patience began to wear thin from going to virtually all the normal markets and most of the little specialty meat markets we ended up going back to my place with everything except the pork and the oil.

I absolutely could not believe it!  That would be like looking for a turkey before Thanksgiving and not being able to find one or the stuffing makings in any store.

But this is an interesting country with interesting surprises.

We got back to my house and I suggested she ask Nidia if she had any ideas or knew of someplace we could complete the grocery list.  Nidia says “yes, my mother-in-law, who only lives about two kilometers away (Paraiso), sells pork”.  She got in the car with us and directed me to her mother-in-laws house and now we have all the ingredients.

And I have a new source for really good fresh pork!  (And a new respect for tamales.)

Actually, the real respect goes to the tamale maker.  You’ll read why next.

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