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

2 Jan

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 17 continued

But out here in the sticks drunk drivers more than likely just create a comedy show.  And so it is that I have had the opportunity to get a few laughs with no dire consequences.  When you drive these roads you literally never go straight.  You are constantly swerving and weaving going from side to side of the road, dodging wheel and suspension breaking pot holes.  Or grinding in and out of them (which is most of the time).  Here’s the joke people tell:  you know how to tell when a drunken tico is driving?

He goes straight.

Of course I intensely dislike the condition of the roads.  But on the other hand it is part of what keeps this country rural and beautiful.   When you can’t go more than ten mph you really have the opportunity to soak in this beautiful place.  I love it when some cowboy (you may have an image of the silver screen type of cowboy but you would be disappointed here) is driving his cattle down the road and I have to ease my way through them or sit still and wait for them to work around me.  The high speed I run at when in the U.S., and I’m referring to internal not just driving, is not only impossible here, it’s actually counter productive and downright frustration causing.  The rural areas of C.R. force you to slow down.  “Go with the flow” as we say in the U.S.  It’s wonderful.


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