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

15 Dec

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 19 continued

Enter the head cop again.  He said he would arrange it so that she wouldn’t have to take the driving test and to just make another appointment to go through all the other steps of the process and he would see to it that she got her license.  The taxi driver also took pity on her and only charged her one way.  What the heck, he had to drive back to Nicoya, where she lives, anyway.

Now it’s my turn.  How do I know all these details?  When her appointment to take the phantom driving test and complete all the steps came up I was in C.R. and offered to take her to COSEVY.  I wish I could have taken photos of all the people and steps involved (except the taxi driver) but cameras are not allowed in any banks, or the special office at the airport, or COSEVY. 

But you talk about a comedy of errors!  It actually got worse than steps 7, 8 & 9 are.  It just so happened that the day of her phantom driving test appointment, which was scheduled for 8am, ICE shut down all electrical power in the Liberia area to make major changes… at 8am!  I dropped her off at 8am at COSEVY (she didn’t want to be seen with a “male friend” for obvious reasons) and went to a restaurant to have coffee.  The plan was that she would call me to come get her when she was ready but of course at that point we didn’t know ICE (short for “Murphy” I think) would be throwing a monkey wrench into the cogs.

A little over an hour later she calls, I think she’s done, and I go get her.  Nope, she’s not done.  First we needed go to the recommended bank which turned out to be closed when we got there because the power was down.  So then after she called the head cop, who told us where a different bank that was on generator power, we went there and of course the line was out the door.  Then comes the saga of the guy that has to follow us to the airport office to hand walk her through that process, whom we had to stop at COSEVY for so she could tell him she was ready.  I wished I could have taken his photo when he saw that she was with a “male friend”.


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