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

6 Jul

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 9 continued

It’s been about six weeks since the electrician installed the phone lines. It hasn’t worked since.  I call ICE; they say they’ll be out.  I don’t know if they ever worked on the line or not.  I never see them near my place.  But the baffling part is that my line is new from the main road to my house!  The rainy season started about a month ago.

The phone didn’t work during the dry season and now the neighbors say it’s because of the rainy season. They say phone service gets really bad during the rainy season.  Did I say ICE sucks?!

Just yesterday I went to a cell phone store in Liberia (two hours away) because I had heard that I could get an antenna that would help my cell phone receive a signal in my house.   I’m thinking that maybe that would ease the frustration while I wait for ICE.   Liberia is the second largest town in C.R.   It also only has one traffic signal… at the only major intersection.  But it’s big enough to have an interesting shopping district.  (Well, maybe not for you ladies.)  And it even has a movie theater!  That’s exciting to me because I only turn my T.V. on about three times a year.  As a matter of fact, I’ve been here six months already and the only time I tried to turn it on it didn’t work.  Something to do with a malfunction of the Direct TV equipment I so graciously signed up for so Mario and Nidia (see My Security Guard) would have T.V.  Anyway, it’s the only theater north of San Jose (five and a half hours away).  I have trouble motivating myself to go there though because it’s mosquito infested… strange.  Maybe I’ll remember to bring my repellant next time.  Liberia is the hub for tourist traffic in the northern part of C.R. and has the only airport large enough to handle the major airlines.  It’s being upgraded now to be able to handle (I don’t know how many) people per hour.  Whew!  I wonder what that will do to paradise.

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