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

17 Jun

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 29 continued

Then there is the issue of getting from the main road that goes by my house off of which you need to turn onto the little “street” that ends at the beach where my house is.   The reason I say “street” is because it is an official municipal street but even during the best of times you would think it’s just a long driveway.  It has never been maintained by anyone other than me.  Three years ago, one year before construction was to start, I had two feet of fill dirt put on my lot to raise it above the flood level.  In order for the company to get their big dump trucks down to my lot they first had to dump gravel on the road to prevent their trucks from getting stuck in the mud.  Well, so much for that.  Three years later (and one grader scraping, which I ordered and paid for, to level out the ruts) and I have an adventure each time I come or go from my house.

Getting out requires 4×4 because it’s an up hill climb.  Going in I don’t need 4×4 because it’s down hill and my momentum gets me through.  So the other day I thought I’d try creating a new road using part of the existing road and plowing through growth that is right beside the huge ruts that have formed from all the water running from the main road down my “street”.  (I now know how the Grand Canyon was formed.)  I got about ten feet into my new road and sunk clear up to the undercarriage in mud.  4×4 to no avail!  I couldn’t go forward or backward.  Luckily a couple ticos in a 4×4 happened by about then, saw my problem and tried pushing me by hand, which only had the effect of getting them sprayed with mud from my spinning tires.  So I jumped in their 4×4 and we took off looking for someone who had a chain.   It only took about a half hour to finally find a chain, they hooked up, and I was out.  Whew!


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