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

17 Dec

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 24 continued

But the powers that be did institute an interesting ordinance recently in an attempt to get some of the traffic off the streets (passenger cars only but excluding taxis).  They have mandated that license plates ending with numbers that coincide with the days of the week can not enter the city on those days during certain hours.  For example, plates ending in 1 & 2 are not allowed on Monday, 3 & 4 are not allowed on Tuesday and so on.  Which means all the plates can enter on all but one weekday and there is no restriction on Saturday or Sunday.  It seems to have helped a little.

But I need to get into the reasons you might want to visit S.J.  Now, just to get this off my chest, I tell all my friends in the U.S. that S.J. is just a big, dirty, ugly city and there is no reason to go there.  Which is totally true.  But, having said that, let me get into the reasons you might actually spend a day or two there. 

Aside from the fact that it has the only major airport in the country, there are some points of historical and cultural interest, such as the national theater, built in 1897, which is a beautiful opera house with a world class orchestra that is conducted by a world renowned Japanese conductor.

There is also the gold museum downtown.  I’ve been through it and it has several sections which display Costa Rica’s rich past and process of growth very nicely.  You may remember from your high school history books that C.R. is where Columbus landed on one of his trips to the “New World”.  He found the natives adorned with intricately designed gold jewelry and so named it “Rich Coast”.  Gold mining is still an industry here, all be it very limited and controversial now for environmental reasons. 

Then there is the national museum which is also a true delight of Costa Rican history on display with a magnificent butterfly museum included.  I spent way more time with the butterflies than you might expect a man to spend but they’re alive and fluttering all around you.  It’s just beautiful with a beautifully landscaped and perfectly balanced environment.

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