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

27 Feb

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 28 continued

My guests ask me if they should lock their door at night.  I suggest they do since Costa Rica does have a high rate of petty theft even though at Plumita Pacifica it appears that no one would notice.

Well, my guests in number 1 awoke this morning to discover that someone had entered the apartment sometime in the middle of the night and not only had stolen everything of value of theirs that they had left in the living/dining area like money, clothes, credit cards, drivers license, camera and back packs, they had also left the keys to the rental car on the table and it was gone too!  They had been asleep in the bedroom, which is private, I was asleep upstairs, Mario and Nidia were in their apartment, the two dogs who bark at their own shadow never made a sound (maybe because at night there are no shadows) and yet in the morning we all awake to find that my guests have been clean out.  Fortunately they had their passports and her credit cards locked up in the safe that’s in the bedroom.

She said she was sure she locked the door.  He said he had gone out later to rinse the sand off his feet in the outdoor shower and maybe he forgot to re-lock it.  The lock didn’t look tampered with but I’ve heard it said that sliding glass door locks are easy to defeat.  Who knows, in any event it was an interesting day of filing police reports and getting another rental car delivered. 

Fortunately I was here to provide the transportation they needed since the bureaucracy in this country doesn’t allow for just one police report, which was taken this morning in my house by the local police, but two. 

The other could only occur in Santa Cruz at the “OIJ” (don’t ask me what those letters stand for) which is the Costa Rica equivalent of the FBI.  But my guests needed to go to Santa Cruz anyway to access a bank since they were now cashless.  Fortunately one of their credit cards was in the safe with their passports and didn’t get stolen.

Nothing happens as fast as you might expect here so after all that we finally arrived back at my place around 3:30.  Just in time for me to pick up a message left on my answering machine from my guests who were due to arrive today to occupy apartment number 3, to say that they were being towed in their rental car to Plumita Pacifica.


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