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  1. Don't confuse the association with the forum.
  2. I bolded the one statement with which I most sincerely agree with and find relavent. We are moving into a rental first... and the true test comes from the first 6 months in CR. But the list looks like a fun game so I'll answer them: 1. Seeing all the bars on windows and doors-people living in "jails". Seen it before. Lived in it. I grew up in DC and where I grew up I was the minority. Bars on windows and doors were normal and it was not safe (unlike most of CR). 2. Driving, or riding in a car in San Jose, and on curvy mountain roads in the rain and fog. I lived in Michigan for 10 years, and have driven on dirt roads in white out conditions, in pour rain so hard that you couldn't get the wipers to move fast enough to clear your vision. Mountain driving will be new to me and I'm curious how I'll adapt to they styles required of it. I once drove across the country and got a crash course in mountain driving but it's all forgotten by now. 3. Dealing with the bank, or any government agency, and their "strange" requirements that seem to change based on whoever is sitting before you. I never expect anything different. 4. Getting a CR driver's license Tell me more about this one. I haven't heard much about the license requirements. 5. Not being very good at speaking Spanish This will be hard for me. As an extrovert I will want to talk with people and I expect my kids will learn Spanish much faster than I will. I can only guess what I'll be hearing by the time they reach their teens. I plan to take immersion courses but nothing compensates for a late start in a language. 6. "Gringo pricing" on anything that doesn't have a posted price, from rentals to bread. I've experienced this on my business trip and I've learned from that experience how to get tico prices for things. I know there will be times I'll have to pay for being the Gringo, but I also know there are times I wont. 7. Waitstaff that may take 15-40 minutes to bring your food, but will also let you sit at your table for hours, if that's what you want to do. Until the kids are older we probably won't be eating out. When we do, we'll probably treasure the time together. 8. Buying good food, from places or people who may not keep things as clean as the Health Dept in New York. I've worked food services. The Health Dept doesn't mean much, IMO. Answering the question, though, I'm not adverse to it. It won't bother me. 9. The neighborhood dogs that bark most of the night, and the owner doesn't care. It is what it is. If I can't change it why would I worry about it? 10. Being the only "Gringo" on a bus, or in a restaurant. Like I said earlier, I have a lot of experience being the Gringo minority growing up in DC. I was the only Gringo in my school of 400. This doesn't bother me. 11. Being on a quiet road or beach where there's no medical help, police, or gas station within an hour's drive Not my cup of tea, but I'm sure my wife will love it. 12. The fiesta next door with loud music until well after midnight. We have that here. Not really a change. 13. The motos... too many things to list. I'm familiar with US motorcycle culture. No idea what it's like in Costa Rica. 14. People walking and sitting IN the road, that is already too narrow for two cars to pass. Where else are they going to walk? 15. Standing in a line for 1-3 hours. Not fun, but required. I've certainly done longer waits. When our youngest was born they didn't assign him an SSN. I had to wait in line for 6 hours. I did meet some very nice people that day. 16. Salsa dancing! Salsa dancing. Oh well. No way we're moving down there now. ;-)
  3. Thank you very much for letting us know this. It's something we didn't know and it's very important to us.
  4. Nice to see my wife on and showing her feisty side. I do appreciate all the advice and I'm listening. Please don't think I've stopped listening to any of you. Most of you are talking from your own experience and it is a fool who does not learn from the mistakes of others. So please continue to tell me how things have gone wrong for you and what to look out for. What you wish you had known and what you know better now. I doubt anyone moving to another country really has any idea what they are moving into. In the end we want change and from our research Costa Rica was the place we could agree upon as having the things we wanted. It doesn't make it less challenging to move or that will somehow have magically an easier time than any of you did. It's hard to move. It's harder to move to another country. As I said before, I think that ARCR is a great resource and I wish I'd found it sooner. I didn't. Mea Culpa. But I'm here now and I've told you where we stand, that won't change. Help us make the best of our situation. :-)
  5. My name isn't Paul.

  6. I think this is how we want to live. The only real restriction would be internet, which I need for income.
  7. Your first post indicated a sense of urgency, which is sense you absolutely should trust!! This is my last message to you Paul

  8. I'll try to help you all I can - (Don't trust anyone here, not even me) but you can trust me I haave no interest in money or destroying someone elses life Paul

  9. Only you can decide what's right for you, but, you reaally ought to look at this one!!! It is extremely easy to buy here, but almost impossible to sell - Therefore the best deal you can make on a purchase MAY make it easier down the road if you want out - Did you check out amcostarica.com for Garland Bakers articles? If you haven't, I STRONGLY urge you to download, print, pu...

  10. Unfortunately we have a timetable and I fear moving in haste. Ultimately my caution and sticking to our plan trumps the deal of a lifetime.

  11. You ought to look at it - may be (and I'm not kidding) the deal of a lifetime!!! Respectfully

  12. Thanks Paul. We actually have this one, in fact I believe my wife has the digital version with her there right now. You are right, it's a great book and I'd certainly put it in the top three we've read. I only forgot it because she has it at the moment and I was glancing at my bookshelf. There were half a score more we read through and I'm sorry if I omitted anyone's favorites, it was only a sampling.
  13. We want to rent first and have the year to find the right house to move into. I make websites and work remotely. I will continue to do that, which isn't against the law. I may start a business, but obviously I would have to hire Ticos to work it. No problem there, as I have researched the tech community and there are decent web developers in CR. I have been to Costa Rica before on business, my wife and children are visiting for the first. We have done our homework by speaking with people who have lived there and reading like crazy. Sample of what we've been reading: Guide to Real Estate in Costa Rica - Christopher Howard Unraveling the Mysteries of Moving to Costa Rica - Arden Rembert Brink Costa Rica - D.K. The Expert Expatriate - Brayer Hess and Linderman Living Abroad in Costa Rica - Erin Van Rheenen How to Retire Overseas - Peddicord GenXPat - Malewski Getting Out - Ehrman Costa Rica day by day - Frommers The Cities Book Of these, the first two were most helpful to us in terms to knowing what to expect. We know, for example: I can own a business but I can't work at one. Hiring a maid has a lot of strings and you have to know the laws Real Estate laws require due diligence because the realtor can sell at any price, regardless of what the owner is asking. Some scams require diligence in finding out through The Registry who the true owner of a property is. Appraisers are very important. You can't live without a lawyer. The law is Napoleonic and it can take years (like almost everything else in CR) to resolve business. This is just a snippet to explain that we are coming with our eyes open. We joined here late, unfortunately, and I seriously wish I had known about this site earlier. We don't want to live in a gated community and we don't want to be taken for a ride with our money. We are serious and any help is appreciate greatly. I know a lot of you are probably thinking we are crazy since this is the first time you've heard of us and you've probably seen plenty of people fail to do what we are trying to do. I will listen to every warning you give me and try to find a way to use it, but the die has been cast and we are coming to Costa Rica.
  14. We are, unfortunately, on a timetable. We have done as much research as we could from the states, but my wife is very likely to acquire a rental this week so that we can move in and start a search for a home and take our time doing it. We need to make the transition because we need to sell our home here in order to afford residency there and of course to buy the new home. So for now we need to know people, meet them and how to get lucky enough not to get biten by the snakes. :-)
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