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

3 Mar

chapter 29 continued

I have submitted photos with one of the letters showing quite graphically the destruction of the “street” and she will attend the meeting with me so I won’t have to make a fool of myself with my weak Spanish.   But I must say, I don’t hold out much hope that the municipality will respond positively.  Hell, they don’t even attempt to keep the main roads in drivable condition.  However, she seems to be quite interested in pursuing this challenge so who am I to argue.  That’s something else I gave up a long time ago.  I learned which fights to pick with a woman.  They’re wonderful.  It seems they actually know (sometimes) when not to fight back.  The rest of the time I just go with the flow.

Now for the other woman.  Her name is Maria too (at least when I scream out a name it’s the right one).  But we are only friends.  No sex (yet, probably never).  Maybe never because it’s nice to just have a lady friend.  She’s actually a gringa.  From Canada.  She is single but with a sixteen year old daughter who’s pregnant by a tico that neither of them wants to have much to do with.  Go figure. 

But here’s how she fits in this story.  She’s the one who is helping me get familiar with all the little back roads around here.  She’s lived here for five or six years and during the rainy season it’s good to know which roads might be passable and which ones will bury even the hardiest of 4×4’s.  So we’ve been running around trying to give away to other gringos the puppies one of her dogs had.  Happily, this has given me the opportunity to meet some of the other people who I may never have encountered by just wandering aimlessly through the jungle.  One of the interesting facts about C.R. is that the North Americans, for the most part, are sprinkled throughout the country rather than holed up in enclaves.  At least for now.  Within recent years there have been and are continuing to be built these so called “gated communities”.  Of course they’re way pricey so you can expect “enclaves” unfortunately (I think).

The bottom line: Two nice ladies are helping me through my first rainy season.


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