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

10 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

I have never stood in so many lines with so many people who appear to be content to stand in line like they have nothing better to do.  Can you imagine the fidgeting and comments that would be flying around the room in Ca. if no matter which public place you went to there was always a line?

Anyway, I got signed up for internet service and headed off to the ICE office to get my modem.   Remember, at this point I’m thinking my phone line is right around the corner.

ICE says, in short, “you don’t have a line yet so you can’t buy a modem, come back when you have a line”.   Their office had a security guard too.

So back to today… it’s six months later and I have my land line.  I take off for the ICE office in Nicoya at 10am.  I make a brief stop to pick up some curtains I had made by the woman who made my toldo (see My Toldo).   I’m winning “la guerra de los zancudos”, by the way.   I arrive at ICE Nicoya at 11:45.   I only have about a forty five minute wait.   It’s my turn.  I tell the guy I’m just here to buy my modem.

He says they don’t have any modems.  I said “but in January this is where I had to come to buy a modem”.  He said “ah yes, in January we had modems.  Now there are no modems in the entire country.”  I’m incredulous!  But once again the security guard is ready.

But this is a good time to get as much information as I can because I want to make my forty five minute wait worthwhile.  I ask if I might be able to buy a modem in the U.S. and bring it back with me.  He says yes.  I ask “which modem”.

He tells me to go to the ICE website where there is a list of all the modems that work with their equipment.  And it turns out I also must open a bank account at Banco National so RACSA can debit my account automatically, monthly, for payment for service I don’t even receive yet.  There are other banks in C.R. but the one where I currently have an account, which is a major international bank (not government run like most of the banks in C.R.), is not authorized to handle that transaction.   As a matter of fact there is no other bank in C.R. authorized to handle that transaction.

There is a branch of B.N. in Santa Cruz.  I take off for Santa Cruz where the internet café I use is.  To make a long story short, I may be able to buy a modem from a private source.


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