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

24 Oct

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 20 continued

Now, in Ca, if you’re in a minor fender bender, you exchange information and go on your way.   The involved party’s call their insurance company’s and after that it’s mostly the insurance company’s talking to each other.  Of course the “victims” have to hassle all the details in regards to repairs but there’s no way to avoid that in any country. 

Ok, after waiting an hour and a half, I called INS to ask why the inspector had not yet arrived.  This time I got a different “barely able to speak English” person who, after many “please hold while I check something” comments, finally said the inspector was on the way to my house, which is an hour from where the accident occurred.  I made some comments about stupidity and handed my phone back to Jimmy (his status had been elevated enough by then to be removed from the “victim” category).  Once again I heard him give an excellent description of our location and an hour later the inspector arrived.

Another hour later after taking photos from every imaginable angle of both cars (the damage was hardly perceptible on my bumper and besides I’m not about to hassle something so minor) and multiple copies of reports for both of us with multiple signatures the inspector says now the police have to come to make a report!  A half hour later two cops show up and proceed to measure the distance from the corner to where I’m parked, then the length of my car, then the distance to where he parked, then the length of his car (maybe that’s why they sent two cops, one for each end of the tape measure), then multiple copies of reports for both of us with multiple signatures.  My god, what would it be like if you were in a serious accident?

Then the cops hand me my copy of their report and leave and the inspector hands me my copies of that report and tells me I have five days to present my copies to the INS office.  There is an INS office in Sta. Cruz so I ask if that’s where I need to go (you would think “yes”, but by now I know better).  No, I must either go to Liberia or Nicoya.

Aren’t you glad in Ca. insurance is not a government monopoly?


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