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

13 Apr

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 34 continued

So with that, the friendly cop and I took off for the place to copy my passport.  When we got back it seemed that I should be able to hand over the order to release and the copy of my passport and they would hand over my license.  Nope.  The “desk sergeant” proceeded to study the order like he had never seen one before.  The thought occurred to me that maybe he hadn’t.  Because if it hadn’t been for the help of the U.S. Embassy and Cesar that license would rot there like the rest of them.  I had already planned my plan B which was to report it lost to the D.M.V. in Ca. and get another.  Incidentally, before the desk guy received the suggestion to look through the “recent” stack of licenses he was randomly pulling out stacks of licenses and I saw several others from the Golden State as well as other states amongst all the Costa Rican licenses.

Obviously I’m not the first to come up with that particular plan B but apparently those other victims of macho and bureaucracy, who’s licenses I saw, just gave up on trying to work through the system.  That would be the easy solution if you were only a tourist, maybe never to return.   I wonder about the ticos though.  I guess they just keep on driving without a license.

You do not need to present anything other than your passport to exit the country.

Anyway, after he became convinced that he couldn’t quite fathom what that paper was about he called someone else over to study it with him.  More rapid fire Spanish ensued and they finally got the meaning of the order to release figured out.  Then he opened this ledger book that had 100’s of pages of hand written reports and began writing.  Five minutes later he was done writing.  I have no idea what he wrote, but when he indicated  that he needed me to sign it and had my license in his other hand I knew that was the final bureaucratic touch.

I’m happily back home in Playa Junquillal with my license.

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