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

21 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

ICE say’s its too late for anyone to come that afternoon but that one will be here “tomorrow”.  He did show up around 11am. 

Around 10am the power went out, as it does randomly several times a week.  Thank goodness it came back on just before he showed up or he could have been the “postal” victim.  The security guard stays safely in the ICE office where there is no money so he won’t be troubled by a shoot out.

All’s well that ends well, so I’ve heard.  The technician that showed up today was way more knowledgeable than the first guy.  There was no problem with the modem.  It turns out I do have two phone numbers.  ICE secretly (yes, “secretly” because they do not inform you) assigns you a second number when you have a system such as mine that has both a phone and a fax on the same line as I have had since I finally got my land line phone up and working.  They don’t charge you for it so I guess they think they don’t need to tell you.  So what happened was that when the first guy came back it was because someone at ICE saw that even though things seemed to be working fine for me they weren’t correct at their end.  He asked me if I had two lines.  I thought I only had one and told him so and so he went with that and ultimately screwed everything up. 

The second guy explained the two phone line thing to me and after a couple hours had everything up and running fine.  In fact he set it up so that now that second “secret” line is usable as a private line if I wish.  We’ll see how that shakes out.

Oh, and the monthly charge for all this wonderfulness?   ICE says one thing, RACSA says another.  I guess I’ll know when I get the bill.  Oh, did I say “get the bill”?   Well, in C.R. you don’t “get a bill”… no addresses, remember? … ICE says I’ll have one charge for both entities that will show up on the non-itemized bill that I must go to a special location to pay each month (where there is no security guard). 

RACSA says I can pay their part (what happened to the ICE “one charge”?) at some different location, after the 26th of each month or, and I never did get confirmation/clarification of this, they might be able to email it to me. 

Ok, let’s say they email me an actual record of my monthly usage.  How do I pay it?  I never did get that one answered definitively but it appears there are various locations, separate from the ICE payment places, where you can pay.  You might think I’m concerned about all this but no, they all seem to be used to dealing with bureaucratic confusion and I’ve had enough experience here now to be able to just relax and go with the flow.  Everything seems to work out, sort of right, in the end.

And for now I’m a happy on line camper once again.


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