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

4 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 12


If enough time passes (or you can pull yourself together quickly) you can sometimes laugh at the evil which entered your life temporarily.  And for sure the universe sometimes has a way of making sure you are aware of necessary adjustments in your thinking.

Well, this is a two-fold story of how the universe sometimes teaches.

The people in C.R. in general are so agreeable and friendly you can easily be lulled into a false sense of security.  The phrase “pura vida” (pure life) actually does apply here and if you have the perception that most people in the world are good, as I do, there can also be a bit of naiveté.  So I was taught an interesting lesson, which I obviously didn’t get, as you will see when I give you part 2.

Part 1:

I was in Santa Cruz and happened to run into a guy that I don’t know very well but he had been a waiter at a restaurant I frequent and was always very friendly.  We were standing on the sidewalk talking when a third guy, who I had never seen before, walked up and said hi to my waiter friend.  They seemed to know each other and began a friendly conversation, most of which I didn’t understand because of the rapid fire Spanish, but it was obvious from what I could pick up that it was the usual friendly small talk.  Pretty soon the third guy asked me if I could give him a ride to the other end of town where his bank was.  No problem. Plus I had noticed that he had a problem with his right leg.  We get to the other end of town where his bank is and he asks me to park at the curb.  I park.  Then he asks me for a loan of about $80.  I look him straight in the eye and inform him strongly that I never give people money.  If they’re hungry I’ll buy them something to eat but no way am I going to support someone’s “habit”.  He says no, no, no, his truck is broken down and he needs it pulled.  He’s going to take all the money he has in the bank but he would still be about $80 short. He then pulls his key ring out of his pocket and proceeds to show me the keys to his truck, house and business, which is in a different city, and offers them to me as security.  He says he will come by my house later that day to reclaim his keys and pay me back.   Hmmmm… that seemed reasonable so I gave him the money.


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