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

24 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 continued

Since writing that last line the airport in Liberia is now up and running.  What it will do to paradise still remains to be seen, but the airport is a dream compared to the original.

But back to the cell phone.  Turns out I had to buy a new phone also.  One that had an exterior port to accept the cable from the antenna.  The good news is that this woopdydoo phone is supposed to get the internet and supposedly has the ability to be linked via USB to my computer.  Now, that would be exciting because since my land line phone doesn’t work I have no access to the internet unless I go the sixty minutes down the rough dirt road to Santa Cruz to an internet cafe.  And that road has become Volkswagen sized potholes linked because the municipality only runs a grader down it once per year, at the end of the rainy season.  So traffic begins to create potholes all through the dry season and then when the rainy season starts they very quickly enlarge and get much worse.

Oh yes… cell phone… I bring everything home after I go to a hardware store to get a 20′ pole that will allow me to put the antenna up 30′ if I need to (because I can mount it 10′ off the ground on my house), get it all assembled, plug everything in… it still doesn’t receive a signal.  Did I say ICE sucks?!  (Not to be political, but what can one expect from a government controlled monopoly?)

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