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

27 Sep

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 6 continued

The latest is I need to pay about $2000 for a new transformer.  I need to pay?  I’m totally baffled because in the states of course if you’re having power brought to your new construction you just call the power company and they show up and install whatever they need to on the pole and run the line into your house.   Not here.  If you read Getting a Land Line Phone and Internet you’ll remember that I mentioned I had to buy and install both the power pole and the pole for the phone line.  What I hadn’t realized was that I also bought the transformer, since it was included in the contractors bid.   If you read When it Rains it Pours you’ll remember that I told about the lightning strike that blew up my transformer.  Well, when they came to replace it no one mentioned money, so at this point I’m unaware that I paid the initial cost.  But now they needed me to bring the electrical engineer signed plans in so they could ascertain exactly what they need to do to convert me to “permanent”.  That’s when they discover that the transformer that allows me to have “provisional” (temporary) power is too small to be used for “permanent”.

The problem is that because since I wanted separate meters for my house and the three apartments on the first floor it takes a bigger transformer to supply that service.  You see, the “provisional” meter supplies the entire structure at the moment.  Don’t ask me how that works that the whole place has power on the smaller transformer but when I have everything independently metered I need a bigger transformer.

They just say that to make the change a bigger transformer needs to be installed and I have to pay the difference ($2000) in cost between the two!

Well, I guess I’m not in too much of a hurry because I find it hard to believe that the reduction in my bill after the change is made will justify spending $2000 to get it.  That’s like when you buy something “on sale” and are excited about the money you “saved”.   I’ll make the change someday.  Maybe after the next lightning strike.


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