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

22 Apr

This is the first 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

And now for the first part of the introduction…

So You Want to Live in Costa Rica (a guide to the adventures, trials and tribulations of settling in paradise)

This book contains the kind of information you will not commonly find in tourist guide books, Realtor “invitations” or government published statistics.

This is a guide book that will give you the kind of “insider’s knowledge” you might wish you had before you made your decision to move or not move to Costa Rica.  It will open your eyes to the sights that are commonly overlooked when you’re looking with eyes that are in love with the beauty and friendliness of Costa Rica.

It is presented in the form of journal entries because it was written from the journal the author assembled as he lived the experiences you are about to read.

As you read along you will see little “rocks” beside certain entries.  These are gold nuggets.

They signify a place to pause and pay attention because there are “nuggets” of information presented there that you would probably never find in any other type of guide book.

If you are seriously contemplating relocating to Costa Rica you will find these nuggets contain insights beyond just the words that express them.  You can “read between the lines” so to speak.

You will not find maps or statistics.  There are as many of those as you want elsewhere.  Why bore you with putting/repeating them here?

Just enjoy this collection of stories and the nuggets they contain and come away enriched in a way that only this format could have enriched you!

There is an appendix for easy referencing so if you found a “nugget” and want to find it again the appendix will make it easier.

A final word before you start is – leave all your expectations where ever you will be coming from.  If you truly want to enjoy your experiences in Costa Rica this needs to be one of your foundational platforms.  You will read in several places “Costa Rica the country where your plans don’t matter”.  You’ll understand that perfectly before you even finish the book.

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