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

1 Sep

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 9 continued

I get on line to grupoice.com.  With a little assistance from one of the employees at the internet café I now have a list of modems.  I call the store in Liberia that they refer me to as being the best place to go for my modem.  The employee at the store says they don’t have any (at least ICE wasn’t lying).  Maybe in two weeks they say.  Why do I sense that “two weeks” is the standard disclaimer?   In two weeks I’ll be in Ca.   I mention to the employee at the internet café that I could just buy one there while I’m in familiar California.  He reminds me that telephone equipment in C.R. is configured slightly differently than in the U.S. and suggests that I buy my modem in C.R.   Oh yes, he is correct.  That’s why my Ca. cell phone won’t work here.  It will work in certain other countries but apparently the government here wants to be sure you are forced to use ICE.   Heaven forbid you should be able to avoid this nuisance. 

But in the meantime, I’ve also had comical experiences around opening bank accounts in C.R., so I decide to go to B.N. to inquire what it is that they require for opening an account.  It seems that in the U.S. you just give your name and S.S. number and address to the bank and you’re set.  Not in C.R.  You need a lot of serious proof of your existence. 

Now, I’ve been in this branch of B.N. before and had as long as an hour and a half wait.  But it’s the only branch in town.  I need to get my oil changed too and there’s a place close to this branch where I can do that so lets kill two birds with one stone.  It works!  The oil change is done long before I get the list of requirements to be able to open an account with B.N. (it’s different with each bank) and I can finally head for home. 

Here’s the bottom line.  The only non “I’m trying to get the internet” time I spent today was a half hour for lunch and the stop to pick up the curtains.  I pulled up in front of my house at 5pm.  Seven hours and I’m not much closer to having the internet than I was this morning.  You see why ICE needs security guards?

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