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

30 Jan

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 25 continued

Now the small example, which happened recently, and since I’ve learned my lesson, which is to lessen the frustration by giving in to the fact you almost always end up only getting “close”, I bought it.  And if you are buying the first “close” thing you find, it might not take too much time.  I wanted two electrical extension cords, about 6 feet long, white.  The kind you will find all over the place in Ca.  You don’t even need to go to a hardware store for that.  Usually your local market has them.  Not so here, you need to go to a hardware store.  I went to a store I’ve been to before that seemed to have a larger than average selection of electrical type items.   They had white extension cords, 20 feet long.  I asked for shorter, 15 feet was it.  So I left and went to the store I go to most of the time because they have lots of everything (sort of).   They had extension cords, 9 feet, brown.  Like I said, I’ve learned the lesson, I can live with brown instead of white extension cords.  I bought them.   You’ll understand why my suitcase, each time I arrive back to C.R. from Ca., is full of Home Depot (and Ca. wine, which is another story).

Now it’s time to pay.  Here’s how that works and what I’m about to describe is true for most of the different categories of stores here.  You have your item and you’re at the counter ready to pay.  Someone writes up an invoice.  You take the invoice to a cashier and pay.  You go back to the counter to a third person in a different area who now has you product.  You present your paid invoice to the person who stamps it “cancelado” and bags your product then staples your receipt to the bag in such a fashion that you can’t remove the product without ruining the bag, and then at some stores when you are at the door ready to leave, you present your bagged product to an employee who makes a mark on the receipt (sometimes it’s an x) and you can leave.  Now I understand why C.R. has a low rate of unemployment.


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