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

7 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 8

MY TOLDO

“Toldo” is a Spanish word for mosquito netting that you put around your bed.

My house is complete enough that I can sleep there.  I have a toilet, a sink in the bathroom, a shower (but no hot water) and an air mattress on the floor.  What else does a guy raised in the sticks of Alaska and used to camping as a major form of vacations when the family was younger need?

So I’m excited to spend my first night in my house.  I’m right on the beach!  I have those beautiful ocean breezes flowing in, open the place up entirely so I can enjoy the sound of the crashing surf, fans overhead are circulating, fantastic!  I settle down for my first night, sleep like a baby, wake to the sound of the birds just after dawn, and discover I’ve been eaten alive!

Second night.  I think “guess I better snuggle under the sheet better”.  Next morning.  It’s worse! The little bastards must have crawled under the sheet with me.  Now it’s time for war!  I’m resolved to win the “guerra de los zancudos” (war of the mosquitoes).  I drive the sixty minutes down the rough dirt road to the nearest town, Santa Cruz, and begin my search for a mosquito net.  Easier said than done with my weak Spanish.  But I finally find a store that has the kind of net you drape over a 4-post double bed.  I buy it.  It works, sort of.  No more bites after propping things around me to hold the net up but I still spent half the night fighting the net.

 

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