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

29 Nov

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 18 continued

Now for the bulls and some examples of ways in which you can lose your marbles (or worse).   It amazes me how quickly they can put up a bull ring that seats several hundred people.  From outside to outside I’m guessing it’s about 300 feet in diameter and inside at ground level about 200 feet.  Starting from about 10 feet above ground level it tiers up to form seating to about 20 feet high at the top of the ring. 

They build it out of what looks like well used lumber and whole timbers of native trees.  You are able to enter the seating area by walking up one of three steep stairways. 

That takes you to the 10 foot level and from there you walk up the seats until you get to where you want to sit.  As much as it sounds rickety these bull rings are very well reinforced with heavy lumber and very stable.  I was surprised by the fact that in spite of the crowd and the people movement, there was no movement in the structure.  And just like in your favorite stadium where there are vendors walking around selling things, they do it here too.  Except it’s comical.  These guys have amazing balance.  I have almost fallen just traversing up or down and around people on those seats.  These guys balance a large plastic pale full of ice/water/variety of beverages on their shoulder or carry trays of hot meat on skewers or a variety of other foods/treats/candies and go up down and around with the sure footedness of mountain goats.

Then of course there is the announcer’s platform.  That’s right in between where the bulls go in and out.  The whole place is well lit with bright lights all around.  There is the usual advertising although I noticed that the bank that had the most large and identical banners had them all on one side rather than spacing them evenly around the ring.  So only the people on the opposite side could see them.  Not to seem smug, but I’ve seen many examples of senseless marketing here in C.R. that would get someone fired in Ca.   There’s loud music blaring out of the speakers interrupted by the announcer excitedly saying (god knows what.  I have a hard time understanding announcers over loud speakers in English let alone in Spanish).  But finally it’s time for the bull to enter the ring.


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