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

18 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

The next step was to go back to RACSA in Nicoya to get a contract for their part of the service.   More confusion ensued because it turns out that my area is one of the few areas that requires the unusual combination of the two branches working together (good luck!) to be able to receive anything other than dial up.  But the good news is that because I’ve been to that office so many times the guy who runs it and who also uses it to house his own private computer business knows me and we’ve been able to develop a good rapport over time.  So I got what I needed there without having to play any obnoxious games.

Of course ICE did not show up in two weeks, surprise surprise.  I gave them another week and then pulled my “walk in late” trick again.  They don’t groan out loud but you can see it on their faces.

Those poor slugs are so confused and under trained I almost had to start over.  But with insistence, patience and a smile on my face (that’s very important) they researched and discovered that sure enough I had all my ducks in a row.

Now is a good time to mention “attitude”… It is not possible to stress enough how important keeping a good attitude and a smile on your face is in C.R.  You will be tested!  Like I said before, the other suitcase, the one full of patience is the one you’ll be dipping into at least equally to the one full of money.

Believe it or not they actually did need to research even though I walked in with the sheet with the big numbers on it that they had given me three weeks earlier which you would think would prove I wasn’t making anything up.  I think it must be that the bureaucracy has so many layers that they need to check even the tiniest detail.

Incidentally, the paper with the big numbers is to be posted on your house so that when the technician gets there he knows he’s at the right house.

“He’ll be there tomorrow”.  How many times have I heard that?  Of course they don’t come tomorrow but at least now you’re getting close.  After three calls and three “tomorrows” a total of a week and a half later the technician arrived.  I’m excited!  I think I might actually be able to stop driving sixty minutes (each way) down that abominable dirt road to Santa Cruz so often.  Another side note needs to be inserted here.


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