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

17 Jun

This is the continuation of a series of posts on my blog 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

And just in case you’re interested… here’s the table of contents:

Introduction and Preliminary Comments – 3, My First Trip -15, Lost in Guanacaste – Playa Coyote – 20, Trust with a Child – 26, Lost in Panama – 29, Attorneys – 35, My Contractor – 38, My Security Guard – 61, My Toldo – 67, Getting a Land Line Phone and Internet – 76, A Cellular Phone – 115, A Country Doctor – 124, A Lesson Well Learned – 130, A Little Green Frog – 138, A Little Brown Frog and a Bat – 146, A “Murphy’s Law” Day – 153, Driving in the Rainy Season – 161, Drunk Drivers – 174, Fiesta del Toros – 185, Getting a Drivers License – 195, INS and a Minor Accident – 203, Lifeguards – 224, Passing through Customs – 232, Rules of the Road for Tico Driving – 236, San Jose – 241, Shopping and Making Tamales – 250, Taking the Bus – 272, Turtles in My Front Yard – 281, Untitled – 287, When it Rains it Pours (sometimes) – 294, She Found My Lot – 307, My First Traffic Ticket – 312, Ticket # 2 – 316, My Radar Detector – 318, Ticket # 3 (after a slow speed chase) – 324, A Christmas Parade – 338, Sex (the truth about ticos) – 343, Photo Album – 347, Appendix – 374

chapter 36 continued

It became clear to me years ago here that gringos are a highly prized commodity for a tica.  They perceive us all as rich.  Even if we are not I guess you could say it is true that we are richer than the average tico.  And since the primary fantasy of most of the women in the world is to have security and good things for her little ones, etc., we look like a big security blanket.

Ok… I won’t bore you any further… here is the point.  Or better yet, here is the good news and the bad news.

If you’re a single male the good news is that you’ll be very popular.  The bad news is that you may also become a victim like the ones my tica lady friends laugh at.  They all have tica friends with new breasts or butts or a house or a car or some combination of the above who no longer have to put up with delivering what most men want.

If you’re a single woman there isn’t much good news for you.  I read an article in the Tico Times once written buy a gringa who pointed out that if you’re looking for your don Juan here you’ll have to compete with all the pretty little ticas.  And if it’s sex you want you may as well become a lesbian, also because of those pretty little ticas who are so willing if they can catch a rico (gringo or tico).

The best I’ve heard it put was by a gringo friend of mine who has lived here much longer than I.  “If a tica can catch a gringo it’s like you winning the lottery”.

Another word of caution for the men reading this is to be aware that ticas, for the most part, are sexy little things but also can be more devious than you ever could imagine.  Another article I read in the Tico Times was written by a private detective where he related many stories of gringos who had been well fleeced by the cute little thing that was actually giving all his gringo money to her tico boyfriend.

I have my own horror stories, which I did not include in COSTA RICA on the CUSP  and they won’t be included here either.

THE END… that’s the end of the book folks… hope you enjoyed it… it took over 200 posts to get the whole book, a little at a time, on my FB page.  Now, for those of you who might like to read the whole thing, little by little, I’m going to do it all over again.  Starting tomorrow I’ll begin at the beginning and in another 200 + post you’ll have the whole book again (minus photos because I can’t figure out how to include them here).  So if you want to see all the photos you’ll just have to go to Amazon or B&N and for $2.99 you can download it.  Also, if you want the WHOLE story you can download Costa Rica on the Cusp, which includes the content of this book an also the content of Lovely Lolita of Costa Rica (fun reading mostly for guy’s) also $2.99 each.   Pura Vida  🙂 

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