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

23 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 8 continued

Anyway, back to the lady in the rose colored house.  She says yes!  Go across this tiny little bridge and it’s the second house and her name is Benigna.  Benignas house is green but it has a rose colored stripe around the bottom (the guy was close).  So I got my toldo made by Benigna.  Do you know… the total cost of material and labor was only about $25!  She charged me $8 labor.  I gave her $10.  The thing is 10’x10’x8′ high.  I’ve won the guerra de los zancudos as far as my sleeping area is concerned and had a great time doing it.

Within a few weeks I began to realize that I also needed to win the war in the rest of my house.  I read an article in National Geographic magazine that stated two interesting facts.

  1. Mosquitoes are attracted to your perspiration.  I’m in trouble.  I haven’t acclimated to the climate in paradise yet where every day the temperature ranges 80% – 85% and humidity ranges 50% – 80% depending on which season it is (dry or rainy).  And I perspire profusely without even moving.  Add a little movement and I drip like a faucet.
  2. It’s only the female that goes after your blood.  They need it for the health of their eggs.  And it seems there are a lot of females here.  Hmmmm… (kind of reminds me of the human kind in ticalandia.)

So it was back to Veintisiete and Benigna for curtains around my decks.  I have all my windows screened.  I have all the spaces above and around the open areas of my decks screened.  I purchased more mosquito net type fabric and had Benny (as she calls herself) make curtains that I can close after dusk, which is when the little bi….s come out. They’re actually quite nice because they’re very shear so I can see through them in the day time.  No spoiling my views.  They also provide a bit of privacy when closed because it’s like the effect glass has.  If its darker on the inside than it is on the outside you can’t see in.  And they help cut the amount of rain that hits the decks as well.

Then, because I’ve had so much Alaska experience having been raised there, where the mosquito is considered the state bird, I purchased the type of machine they use.  This is a machine that attracts then captures mosquitoes.

And to top it all off I installed a bat house high up on the south wall of my house.  I understand those little critters feast on mosquitoes.  Unfortunately, it got inhabited first by mud wasps so I don’t see too many bats around at night.

But, I have won the war.  It took me eight or ten months to get to this point but now I can set out on my deck at night, with the curtains open even, and not be attacked.

And here is a very interesting side note.  I subscribe to National Geographic magazine.  They recently had a brief article on how to rid your place of mosquitoes.  Pour your old coffee grounds in the places where they breed.  The coffee grounds prevent the eggs from developing.  I’ve been giving Mario my delicious Costa Rican coffee grounds after I have enjoyed the coffee and he puts them where they need to be and I now have very few mosquitoes!

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