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

22 Aug

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 3

TRUST WITH A CHILD

I had met a gringo couple at a fiesta in Junquillal who had just completed a 4000 sq. ft. house about a ten minute drive from the beach.  From their description it sounded pretty spectacular (turns out… it is!).  So I decided to try to find it the next day.

The story starts here.  The house is located back in the jungle on top of a ridge with a 180% view of the ocean… wow!  But, as is typical in Costa Rica, there are little dirt roads everywhere and no signs.  So, I’m lost in the jungle but have a sense I might be close.  I pass a house that’s near what turns out to be a dead end so I turn around and see a young woman and a little boy (he was six) approaching me from the house.  Not wanting to scare anyone, because I know they don’t see many people driving around there, especially since I remembered I had passed a sign that said something about private property (not sure because my Spanish is still very limited), I stopped so I could explain myself.

I told the young lady that I was looking for the house of (what’s his name).  She has a phone in her hand and she’s talking to someone.  She hands the phone to me.  I say “hola”.  The guy on the other end says in broken English “who are you and what do you want?”   I tell him my name and that I’m looking for this guys house.  He says “oh, ok, give the phone back to the lady”.  So I do.  They have a very brief conversation, and she hangs up the phone.  The next thing I know, she opens my car door, puts the six year old in, and says something that indicates to me he’s going to direct me to this guy’s house!!

Would that ever happen in paranoid California!!!  I was so touched!  I thought “this is another reason I love this place and the people here”.

 

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