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

7 Mar

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 29 continued

I have submitted photos with one of the letters showing quite graphically the destruction of the “street” and she will attend the meeting with me so I won’t have to make a fool of myself with my weak Spanish.   But I must say, I don’t hold out much hope that the municipality will respond positively.  Hell, they don’t even attempt to keep the main roads in drivable condition.  However, she seems to be quite interested in pursuing this challenge so who am I to argue.  That’s something else I gave up a long time ago.  I learned which fights to pick with a woman.  They’re wonderful.  It seems they actually know (sometimes) when not to fight back.  The rest of the time I just go with the flow.

Now for the other woman.  Her name is Maria too (at least when I scream out a name it’s the right one).  But we are only friends.  No sex (yet, probably never).  Maybe never because it’s nice to just have a lady friend.  She’s actually a gringa.  From Canada.  She is single but with a sixteen year old daughter who’s pregnant by a tico that neither of them wants to have much to do with.  Go figure. 

But here’s how she fits in this story.  She’s the one who is helping me get familiar with all the little back roads around here.  She’s lived here for five or six years and during the rainy season it’s good to know which roads might be passable and which ones will bury even the hardiest of 4×4’s.  So we’ve been running around trying to give away to other gringos the puppies one of her dogs had.  Happily, this has given me the opportunity to meet some of the other people who I may never have encountered by just wandering aimlessly through the jungle.  One of the interesting facts about C.R. is that the North Americans, for the most part, are sprinkled throughout the country rather than holed up in enclaves.  At least for now.  Within recent years there have been and are continuing to be built these so called “gated communities”.  Of course they’re way pricey so you can expect “enclaves” unfortunately (I think).

The bottom line: Two nice ladies are helping me through my first rainy season.

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