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

12 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 9

GETTING A LAND LINE PHONE and INTERNET

In the states it’s relatively easy.  You call the phone company, give them your address etc., a few days later you plug in your phone and talk.  And we get impatient because it took “a few days”.  Keep in mind that this episode began mid December 2006.

Try this.  You don’t call the phone company because they only have one [1] (it’s called ICE, I haven’t figured out yet what those letters stand for) and it’s a government controlled monopoly with a strong union and filled with exactly the kind of government workers we make jokes about and shake our heads at in the states.   No, you go to the ICE (pronounced ee-say) office (if you can find it), take your documentation (corporate papers and some utility bill in the corporate name and passport.   Don’t ask me what you do if you’re not a corporation, pray maybe).   You take a number when you enter, sit there for an hour or so (I took a nap the first time sitting in my chair), then when your number is called you hope you have everything you need with you.  You’d think you were applying for entry into another country.   I mean, what’s so dangerous about letting someone have a phone?   But they have a well armed, very bored looking, security guard standing there.   I think I know now why they have a security guard.  Read on.

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