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  1. Hi Arie, Ah, you're getting close! I'd second everything that Jessica and eleanor said. We lived in the hills above San Ramón, and my favorite time of year there was during the rainy season. As Paul said, rain late in the afternoon, then as the season progresses, it starts earlier and earlier in the day. And the rain is tropical, so warm, yes, but torrential. We had a metal roof, and it was literally the case that spouse and I, standing about 4' apart, had to shout at each other in order to be heard. Weather there is comfortable year round, with temps ranging from about 16 to 29, usually more like 22 to 27 -- pretty wonderful! Jessica lives at the beach, which is much warmer year round. Buena suerte, Gayle
  2. Only sort off topic: I remember the night of the election in 2004, looking at emigrating to Canada ... to Australia ... to New Zealand ... Couldn't afford any of them, as we didn't have a spare 2 mil (and, no that's not mil, but million), but just looking gave me a degree of comfort. Eventually the pendulum will swing back and good sense will reappear. regards, Gayle
  3. Hi Bob, I love your story! (Only one wife, though, please**) regards, Gayle **El Diablo me lo hizo ...
  4. If you can do it, you might want to take another trip by yourself back to the US, booking a round trip overnight, and return to take your dog with you in cargo. It's likely that your round trip ticket with the dog in baggage/cargo on the trip back to CR will be less than whatever you were quoted using an importer. It's worth considering, anyway, and may also mean less trauma for your dog. Good luck and welcome to the forums! Gayle
  5. Hi Jason, I'd like to add my welcome to the others. My spouse does consulting work, all online, and all clients are in the US, and it has been easy for him to maintain his client base. Especially if you'll be in the Heredia area to start, you should have good internet access (and make sure that this is the case wherever you move). You say your wife may be depressed if she isn't working. If she doesn't get a work permit (and, as others have said, wages are quite low here), she could volunteer. There are all sorts of venues out there for native English speakers to volunteer in classrooms or elsewhere, and it's tremendously rewarding. There may be other options, depending on her interests: a good way to fill some time and make friends and get to know your community. Lucybelle weighed in before I was done with my answer, but her experience was pretty tough to go through, and she was an experienced teacher married to a Tico. Another forum member, older than lucybelle, and also married to a Tico, was an experienced ESL teacher, had her work permits, but wound up quitting because of the bureaucratic nonsense she had to put up with at her school. So even with everything in place, it can be a challenge. That being said, be prepared for the challenges that may be thrown at you, and 2017 will be here before you know it! with kind regards, Gayle
  6. ...and then you, too, can buy US elections. (No, I am not signing my name. Pretend I'm anonymous)
  7. In CR, we lived out in the campo, with beautiful views of the surrounding green, green hills. Lots of birds, butterflies, howler monkeys and coyotes we could hear, but not see. Before then, we always lived in suburbia in the US. I never thought I would like living in a real urban area, but spouse really wanted to move to Vallarta. Some things continue to be a real adjustment (can almost never hear the birds because of noise from traffic and neighbors' music), but the convenience of it all is making me a real convert: just 2 or 3 blocks to a number of very good restaurants, walking distance to a large grocery store, ditto to a small Asian grocery store with all sorts of jarred goodies and other items, ferreterias, dentist, etc, not to mention the beach and malecon. So it's a different life, but has its beauty, too. I never would have thought so! regards, Gayle 5 de diciembre Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
  8. What about approaching an organization like The Nature Conservancy or something similar? They may at least have some suggestions where you might start. Buena suerte!
  9. Marsrox and induna, Thank you both for this thoughtful, very interesting discussion. I, too, see very hard times ahead for CR, and I wish it weren't so. President Solís, if I recall correctly, has tried and tried to reduce public sector pensions, especially those that, by almost any measure, are excessive, and I recall that he was unable to do so due to push-back from the Asamblea and some of the unions. I don't think that there is any option open to him at this point. If CR has to look to world markets for help, the imposition of austerity, which will constrict the national economy and cause terrible hardship, possibly for a generation, will be the result. I don't think it will work out well in Greece, and the same goes for CR. Perhaps China will step in, but how much of CR's natural resources will be handed over as a result, will only be known when China comes to collect its debt. I don't think the Chinese do much of anything out of altruism. Not good times, and I'm now thoroughly depressed.
  10. Hi Paula and Ron, Many congratulations, and I, too, hope ARCR "makes things right," but I'd also say, don't hold your breath. We didn't go through ARCR, as you know, and didn't hear much from our attorney until we decided to go with someone else, also a miracle worker. The now-former attorney called, very upset, when he found that we were moving our files from him to our new attorney. My counsel to anyone going through this: first, ask the hard question about how often the attorney goes to Migración to check on the status of the application, then badger, badger, badger! And good luck. regards, Gayle
  11. (I'll edit this as I think of other things) In no particular order: --the kindness and friendliness of Ticos --flocks of noisy green parrots flying overhead and pairs of parrots in downtown San Ramón, telling all the other parrots that THIS is their territory, and pairs of parrots challenging each other (or that's how it sounds, anyway) --the haunting sound of oropendolas, and how startling it is when one calls from nearby --Lizano sauce --the world-class orquesta sinfónica nacional --chorreadas --wonderful CR Coffee --hummingbirds feeding and one in particular sitting on the clothesline under the roof --the green feria in Aranjuez --the wonderful fresh queso palmito at the little store north of us; they make it every day and the famed Oaxacan cheese does not come even close What are the things that you think you would miss if you left CR? regards, Gayle
  12. Ron knows this already, but for newbies reading about this topic, two suggestions about attorneys: 1, if the attorney wants the entire amount upfront, thank him or her and cross that person's name off your list, no matter how kind or reassuring or competent s/he seems. If the response is either, "this is how I work/this is how it's done/This is standard practice" or that all fees are needed in advance, that's just not true. You pay for everything up front, and you will have NO LEVERAGE later when you may need it; 2, really press the person to make absolutely certain that either the lawyer him/herself or a dedicated staff member will ride herd on the process with migracion at least several times every week to be sure that the application is moving through the system as quickly as possible. The suggestions above about pestering your lawyer are fine as far as they go, but, as some here know, it doesn't matter if you keep contacting your lawyer and s/he does nothing. And to Paula, I hope this gets resolved very soon! regards, Gayle
  13. Hi Marsrox (love your name and meant to say that to you a long time ago), Our attorney here in San Ramon charged us I think around $250 for wills for both of us. We do have our house in an SA, so the situation is a little different, but at least that gives you some idea. regards, Gayle
  14. Hi ug, Glad you resurrected this thread! One question I might ask is, other than Paul (Epicatt2), how many of the posters from 2009 are still here? I'd only answer questions 1 - 4. 1,2, (Cannot even remember WHY we decided to vacation in CR) First, we came here on vacation in 2010, for two weeks. Took public buses everywhere the first week, notably from San Jose to near Tortuguero, then the "Clic-Clic" public lancha to our hotel near Tortuguero NP. Second week, rented a car and drove around. Loved it! Returned for 3 months a year later, certain that CR wasn't as amazing as we remembered. We were wrong: it was. Been here since 2012. 3, The people here are wonderful, muy amable y tiene mucha paciencia. They put up with my bad Spanish and are nice about it. Gorgeous birds, interesting wildlife, plants ... 4, Nearly everything. Even the roads don't bother me anymore. You pass slow trucks when it's safe to pass. You wait in line and watch tv or talk to people. You see the gorgeous vistas. You watch the neblina (fog/mist) rolling in and out. You slowly learn a new language (not just Spanish, but an entirely different way to consider things) ... regards, Gayle
  15. lucybelle, interesting article, but I don't agree with the premise. I think that regardless of who you are, if you're not planning to return to your home country, you're an immigrant (or emigrant...). If you are planning to return or just aren't sure, you're an expat. You skin color or country of origin, imo, has nothing to do with it. My father, may he rest in peace, was an immigrant. There was no question whatever that he was never going back to his home country, and he never did, not even as a visitor. For me, I visit the US, am still interested in what's going on there, but CR IS my country, and I care deeply about it and its culture and people. But that's not to say that that precludes my ever returning to the US. I just don't know. So in my mind, at least, I am an expat. It's not a matter of finding a place I like better. I'm not looking, and, frankly, I don't care. I love CR. But if something happened to my spouse, would I carry on here? I just don't know. I simply can't say, "never," so I'm an expat. And I know that, for example, for induna and eleanor, they seem themselves as immigrants. regards, Gayle ps: but we do have CR wills and have made plans for cremation, although the notion of renting a crypt for 3 to 5 years and then having our remains swept out also holds some appeal. Everything is temporary, nothing is permanent.