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

3 Aug

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 11 continued

So when Mario crashed his bike I was happy that he didn’t seem to be seriously hurt.   He complained that his knee had hit a rock when he went down and was limping.  But after eleven days it’s gotten worse!   Tonight he came to me and asked if I would take him to a pueblo called Las Delicious.   Don’t ask me where they get these names from.    In between Playa Junquillal and Santa Cruz we have Las Delicious (which doesn’t look very “delicious” to me), Paraiso (“paradise” but no way is it paradise), Rio Seco (“dry river” but there is no river near it), Veintisiete de Abril (“27 of April”, what’s up with naming a place a date?) and a few others that almost make sense.

I didn’t ask any questions when he requested that I take him someplace because he’s a tough guy so if he felt the need to get treatment I knew it was serious.   He wanted to take a friend of his along that lives close by so we stopped to pick up Jorge and then headed for Las Delicious.   What we came to in Las Delicious was a clapboard shack occupied by more than one generation.  Out came this old guy (turned out he was about 75).   Mario described the problem to him.   We are outside at this point and it’s pitch black nighttime.  

The old guy points at a board that’s about ten feet long by 14 inches wide supported on three tree stumps of equal height (about twelve inches).   It was barely visible and only visible because there was a little light coming from the open door of the shack.   He tells Mario to go sit down on it and put his hurt leg up on it.   Jorge gets behind Mario to support his back and the old guy starts massaging Mario’s leg and knee with something that smelled like that stuff that produces heat.

Then he proceeds to flex Mario’s knee which produced screams of pain.   Mario takes a cloth out of his pocket to bite while he’s screaming and the old guy is manipulating the leg.   After a few minutes of this he wraps the knee with something like an ace bandage that Mario had brought and he’s done.  Mario pay’s him 2,000 colones (about $3.75) and we leave.   I took photos of the whole incredulous ordeal.

On the way back home I just had to know what the hell that was all about.  I asked who the medico was (I couldn’t bring myself to say “doctor”).   Jorge says “what medico” and they both laughed.  

I never did get an answer that would indicate some level of medical training but they both seemed to be pleased to inform me that this guy had, for many years, treated the sports injuries of the players on one of the soccer teams.   I didn’t ask which team.  

I pray I never need a “country doctor”.


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