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

4 Oct

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 7 continued

Well, it turns out that the problem with theft is bad enough that while a place is being built the contractor builds a little shed on the property in which he stores whatever could easily walk off.  And he pays one of his workers extra to sleep in this shed at night (no bathroom, kitchen, etc… pretty grim.)  The guy guarding my place is Mario (different Mario, not my contractor Mario).  I ask Mario where he lives, does he have a family, etc.  Turns out he has a wife (Nidia), a three year old and a fifteen year old and they all live in a shed like the one on my property!  Incredible!  Dirt floor, outside shower, no hot water, I can’t even imagine it.  (By the way, since then I’ve seen it, from the outside only).  I offer him a job.  It includes a free, nice, one bedroom apartment with all the amenities a vacation renter would expect and $200 a month for his services as guard, minor maintenance, etc. and Nidia as maid for my house and the other two apartments.  He turns me down!  I’m stunned.  I never did get a reason except that after he consulted with Nidia she said no.  So much for machismo.

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