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

14 Aug

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 8 continued

Ok, no problem, it’s just another adventure.  I pay for the fabric and I’m off to find the wizard.  I get to a group of buildings in what I think must be the pueblo and there’s a couple guys working on a chain link fence that goes around some official looking building so I stop the car, get out with my fabric and ask if they know a lady around there that sows things.  They look at me like “how the hell would we know”.  Turns out they don’t live there.  They’re just there to fix the fence.  But just then along comes a guy riding a bicycle.  They point and say “ask him.”  So I stop the guy, ask the same question, he says he has no idea but I should go a little farther and directs me around a couple more rights and lefts.  I take the rights and lefts and soon I see a house with three toothless old men setting on the front porch.  Once again I stop, get out with my fabric, walk right up to them, they look at me like “oh my god… what’s this gringo want… should we get our machete’s” but I quickly put them at ease and ask my question.  They have no idea but once again here comes a guy on a bicycle and they point and…  So I stop the guy on the bike, ask my question, he says “maybe”.  Fantastic!  I’m getting close.   He says he thinks the lady might live in the rose colored house a little further on.  I come to a rose colored house.  I knock on the door. 

This lady comes to the door, opens it far enough to peek at me and she has the same look on her face the old guys did.  I guess they don’t see too many gringos in Veintisiete because there’s really no reason for a tourist to go there.  It’s just this tiny little place with a few houses, a school and a special technical college of some kind.  I’ve since taken the bus from P. Junquillal to Santa Cruz and it goes into Veintisiete on the way.

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