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  1. Fun to think about. Can't win if you don't play. Good luck!
  2. The Chili Fiesta is really getting to be a big deal with the new bigger venue this year. Any reports or videos? Did anyone here on the forum go?
  3. I have had good luck sending a receiving mail with the Correos. I have the same problem trying to find small boxes to ship things that won't fit in a large bubble envelope. It only costs half as much to send to the US from Costa Rica as visa versa, but takes twice as long (and no tracking).
  4. They are beautiful and fascinating! I just bought a feeder to hang on my front porch. It's hard to imagine a band on their skinny little legs. Their legs are too skinny for walking or hopping. They can only take small steps side to side on a branch. In fact, how often do you see one sitting on a branch and not flying? I don't think I ever have.
  5. Looking into Google Voice. I have had the same cell phone number since the early '80's (starting with a Motorola 8000 brick phone) and would like to keep the number but drop T-Mobile. Calls can be made over wifi without T-Mobile using Skype or GV. Anyone ever notice cell phone sim card kiosks at US airports like we have here at SJO (Kolbi)?
  6. I kept my T-Mobile plan going when I moved here. From WalMart. $30/mo. unlimited text/data, 100 min. talk, .10/min after that. The best thing is I can make and receive calls to and from the US for free over wifi as if it were a local call in the US. Don't know if that's a T-Mobile feature or a feature of my Samsung phone? Not sure if it's worth $30/mo. though. I may drop it. I spend less than $5/mo. here with Kolbi prepago and use a iPhone 4s.
  7. Lucybelle what's amazing is that you found Salsa Lizano locally. The last time I was back in the US I searched the Dallas area hi and lo in some large Latino stores with giant selections of salsas. But no Lizano. Even on the internet or eBay, I found you can only get it from Costa Rica.
  8. The only expats I know who moved back didn't want to and did so for medical reasons. Though the quality of care in many areas here is equal to the US, they felt there would be more drug trials and experimental studies they could have access to in the US (for Parkinsons). Having Medicare may also be a factor. And Affordable Care Act - I don't know much about that.
  9. It's the journey - not the destination. Pura vida!
  10. I have a $30/mo. pre-paid T-Mobile plan with unlimited data and texts and 100min call time ($.10/min beyond that). It was only available online or at WalMart, not in T-Mobile stores. I heard T-Mobile now has a pre-paid plan with unlimited calling and texts for $30/mo. I like the T-Mobile sim card with my unlocked Samsung Galaxy S3 phone because I can make and receive calls to/from the US for free over wifi here in Costa Rica and still use the sim card as usual in the US. And T-Mobile has pretty wide coverage in the US with their high speed 4G network.
  11. Many of the best rental properties are not listed and will be found by word of mouth. But you need to be living in your chosen area to find them. They will find you once you start looking and asking.
  12. I searched Craigslist and everything online I could to find a house. I finally found the perfect house for me by word of mouth. The property was not listed anywhere. I suggest you find a B&B in the area you want to live and spend some time asking around and meeting people, reading bulletin boards, etc. Good luck!
  13. Haha - that shoju is some nasty stuff! I think it has formaldahyde in it.
  14. There's a funny episode of "King of the Hill" involving Lutefisk. I spent some time in Korea. Every family makes kimchee a little differently. They eat it every meal like Ticos eat gallo pinto. Not my cup of tea. They would eat whole cloves of raw garlic, the very strong hot kind. I tried it and thought I was gonna die.
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