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

8 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

Hallelujah!!… It has been a total of just over 6 months but I think I finally have a land line phone! On a rainy afternoon two days ago I happened to be in my car in an area where ICE (bless their twisted hearts) has a signal strong enough for my cell phone to pick up, when they called me. I couldn’t understand their rapid fire Spanish completely but it seemed they were telling me my phone had a problem.  Well… duh… I know it has a problem.  The problem is called ICE (but I didn’t say that). 

After a few minutes of me repeating to them what I think is the bottom line of what they’re saying, which is the way my communication with nearly everyone here goes because they have a tendency to say way more than I need to know to get the idea, I finally figured out they were trying to tell me they were near my house and wanted me there (for why I never did figure out).

Wouldn’t you know I was an hour away down the road that now has been slowed to a crawl because of the potholes?  I assured them Nidia would be there and that she could show them anything they needed to find and that I would be there ASAP. 

(When the government finally gets around to doing something that is not the time to try to arrange a more convenient time for you.) 

By the time I got to Junquillal their truck was parked in front of this building which has no windows, lots of towers and wires coming out of and next to it, and a 10′ chain link fence with razor wire on top surrounding it.  I think it’s their version of Fort Knox and I can understand why.  But the gate was open so I went up and pounded on the door.      I’m glad Costa Ricans are so friendly.  Because the look of fear and surprise on the guys face told me they don’t often get people pounding on that particular door. A smile goes a long way and I had one so the guy was at ease quickly.  I introduced myself, which brought a look of relief to his face (I think he was the guy who called me because I recognized his voice and he seemed to be familiar with my name), and in rapid fire Spanish I think he was telling me they discovered two problems. 

One was at the entrance to my property where all the new stuff is and the other in Fort Knox.  By the way, I got a good look inside the building.  I’m glad they have it protected the way it is because it was chocked full of electronics and definitely a control hub for the area.  He said they had fixed the problem at my end and were nearly complete with the second repair.  He told me to go home and he would call.  He called.  It works!!! … god I hope this is the end of the story but only time will tell.  The next step is to get the internet piped in.  Pray for me.


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