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  1. do you have any statistics to back up your claim or only personal experience?
  2. Aragon Farm on Calero Island has always belonged to Costa Rica, but after comandante Pastora's intepretation of the border treaty, which he based not only on Google Maps but also papers from 1897, it belongs to Nicaragua. Costa Rica will likely win the battle... on paper. But in practice it is unlikely that the Nicas will let go of that land. They need it for their dredging project because it allows them quick access to the ocean. The case will likely go to The Hague, but by the time there is a resolution the course of the river will have been changed, the disputed piece of land will end up on the Nicaraguan side, and it will be too difficult for Costa Rica to reclaim anything north of the new San Juan river.. Consider the San Juan river case. After the case went to The Hague it was confirmed that commercial Costa Rican boats had the right to navigate on the San Juan River, but in practice such boats are still not permitted on the river. I feel badly for Costa Rica. They want to promote themselves as a pacifist nation with no army but the filpside of that is that you get pushed around by bullies like Ortega. The only salvation for Costa Rica is if the US Army moves to the area and kicks the Nicas back to their side of the San Juan. But unfortunately, that's another point in favor of Ortega's reelection effort. It's win-win for that gentleman. Very sad. Let's hope that Ortega does not decide to continue bolstering his popularity by taking more Costa Rican land.
  3. That book seems like my cup of tea. I found it on Google Books which means I'll read it (or most of it) for free. Page 6 of "The Ticos: culture and social change in Costa Rica" says: "When we refer to "Ticos" or "most Ticos," we generally have in mind the politically and culturally dominant mestizo (in Ticos' own eyes, white) majority. Ticos of all classes, political parties, and regions share a sense of national identity. They believe they have a unique way of life and a distinctive national character. They may explain an action by saying, "We Latinos are like that" but are far likelier to say, "We Ticos are like that." They feel set apart from (and superior to) their Central American neighbors not only because of the lighter skin of the average Costa Rican but also because of cultural differences." Page 13: "Archaeological studies as well as recent research into the 500 years of the European presence have led contemporary historians to revise this leyenda blanca, or "white legend," as Theodor Creedman calls it. They assert that it downgrades indigenous people, ignores their cruel treatment by the colonists, and exaggerates the whiteness of Costa Ricans. "Some 400,000 to 500,000 people, according to recent research, were probably living in the area that is now Costa Rica when Columbus landed in 1502. This research overtured the long-held belief that the indigenous population was tiny." That's not contradictory to anything I've written on this forum. It not only supports my argument that Ticos value light skin but also contradicts your claim that there never was a large indigenous population in the region.
  4. Ok, Mr. Murray, since you insist, I'll bite, and if I am not allowed to post again on this forum, so be it. First, I want you to look up Costa Rica on the CIA's World Factbook website: https://www.cia.gov/...ok/geos/cs.html I want you to find the "Ethnic groups" section and confirm that it says the following: white (including mestizo) 94%, black 3%, Amerindian 1%, Chinese 1%, other 1% Now answer the following question: doesn't the fact that Costa Rica report its population as being 94% white catch your attention? Sure, they mention that mestizos are part of that 94%, but they don't tell you what percentage is white and what percentage mestizo. They blur the lines between white and mestizo not only because they want to attract American/European investment and tourism, but also because they either consider themselves white or want to be white. You could argue that the average Costa Rican is whiter than the average Nicaraguan, but in your experience living in Costa Rica, does the average Costa Rican look "white" to you? Second, in Latin American countries the upper classes are usually made up of people with direct European ancestry. Being white is desirable and considered a sign of social status, and it's not uncommon for light skinned mestizos to deny or sulk over their indigenous ancestry. If a Costa Rican woman marries a white gringo, and has children with him, the children might look white, which might or might not be what the woman was after. It's like the women who go to sperm banks and pay thousands of dollars to be inseminated with the semen of doctors and athletes. They want children with desirable traits. I hope that answers your question.
  5. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and attempt to describe Americans living in Costa Rica. Of course, I'll probably end up making generalizations and at worst offend people with my bluntness and at best make them laugh with my short-sightedness and negativity, so feel free to correct anything that you believe is inaccurate or not true. It is my belief that most Americans who move to countries like Costa Rica are liberal and a little bit crazy. You probably won't find a lot of republican expats in Costa Rica, that's for sure; and by "a little bit crazy" I don't mean crazy like "Wild Bill" or crazy because they left a first world country for a third world country, but crazy like "a little bit odd" by both American and Costa Rican cultural standards. Aging hippies, ultra religious people and hardcore do-gooders come to mind. There is also the adventurous, risk-taking entrepreneurial type, who saw an opportunity to make money in Costa Rica and moved there. Of course, there are also the scammers, the drug addicts and the pedophiles, but those are a minority and not worth discussing. I also believe that one of the main draws of moving to Costa Rica is not only the fact that the cost of living is lower in Costa Rica than in the states or the fact that Costa Rica has beautiful beaches, but also the fact that in the US you can be another boring American, whereas in Costa Rica you can be a big shot because you are gringo. (You might have noticed that Costa Ricans are very friendly, but does their friendliness extend to those who are not gringo? Possibly, but what if they go out of their way to be nice to you just because they think it is convenient to have a "rich" gringo as a friend?) That's it. As you can see I don't have a lot of thoughts on the subject and the few thoughts I have are limited to the impressions I have formed of the few expats I've met. You probably know a lot more expats than I do, yourself included, so feel free to correct me if you disagree with anything I've written.
  6. People marry all the time for reasons other than love and that's perfectly normal. Sometimes they want companionship, someone to have and raise children with, financial security, or, in this case, permanent residency. The option of marrying a Costa Rican is not illegal or unheard of. If you read the sticky titled "So you would like to move to Costa Rica?", which you can find on this forum, you will see that the administrator himself mentions the option of marrying a Costa Rican in order to obtain Costa Rican papers. He doesn't recommend it, and neither do I, but it happens. I don't believe that anyone, especially gringos and gringas, should feel offended by what I've written. If you think that I offended Ticos and Ticas, it's probably because you don't understand the idiosyncracies of the average Costa Rican as well as I do. Not all of them are like that, of course, but many are. And that's not necessarily a Costa Rican thing, it happens in all Latin American countries.
  7. As most of us know, if a gringo is desperate to obtain Costa Rican citizenship, he can always marry a Tica, which isn't very hard to do, since gringos, especially the more ethnic looking ones, have high social status in that country and are for the most part considered desirable, either because the ladies think that all gringos are rich, because they want American citizenship, or because they want to whiten up a little bit. I was wondering if the same is true for gringas living in Costa Rica who want to obtain Costa Rican citizenship. Do they marry Ticos in order to obtain papers or is that unheard of?
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