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

2 Jun

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 6 continued

This brings us to today, nine months later, and lightning strikes and blows up the municipality’s equipment that is mounted on the pole at the entrance to my property.  (See When It Rains It Pours) for details on that episode.  Suffice it to say, I showed my receipt for payment for conversion to permanent to one of the workers installing the new equipment and he said I needed to just go to the main office, show them the receipt and they would send the inspector.  Macho hadn’t done it so it was obvious that I needed to just do it.  I get to the office (now an hour down the rough dirt road because of increased rainy season car destroying pot holes), I show them the receipt for payment and they ask me where is the form from the electrical engineer (that I gave them so they could charge me the tariff and give me the receipt I am now showing them).  Incredulously, I said they have it because I had to give it to them to get the receipt.  The form was no where to be found in their computer system.

Once again, an apparent double bind.  I ask “what do I need to do”.  They say call the architect and request the form.  Oh my god, not again.  The guy I’m dealing with takes pity on me and calls the architect for me.

(I happened to have all my phone numbers with me).  They have some conversation in rapid fire Spanish and the bottom line is that if I go to Liberia where the architect’s office is (two hours one way) and pay $20 I can receive the required form this Friday.

Then I need to take it to the office in Santa Cruz and pray that the inspector will show up.  But I still will need Macho to do the work.

Why not, you might ask, get someone else to do it.  Because since it was Macho who did all the electrical for the house and he is the one and only principal electrician in this area, I’m stuck with him.  The wheel is about to get squeakier.

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