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  1. I'm excited to announce that my esposo just passed his US citizenship test & interview! Huzzah!!! In about two weeks we'll have his oath and then we apply for his passport and then he's a GRINGO! While this was a hugely frustrating and expensive process, my CR residency is still pending... With his new gringo passport we have the ability to move out of the USA without ever having to reapply for visas again! Costa Rica as a more permanent location may or may not be in our future. My esposo gets horribly homesick, but he knows financially it makes more sense for us to stay up here. We'll see where life takes us. But for now, the world is our oyster! (And since he's dual, he can still go to Brazil visa free!)
  2. The nicer area of Pavas is Rohrmoser, if you go too far down the hill towards Lomas or Villa taxis won't want to drive there (when there over xmas we went to a friend's house and our uber refused to drop us off at the house, we walked from a few blocks away! Haha!)
  3. I think Santa Ana would be great for you. Can live "in town" with lots of cafes and restaurants, and plenty of places to run. It is quite a bit warmer in Santa Ana than San Jose.
  4. Don't live on paseo colon. You can get to la sabana from lots of other nearby places. This is coming from someone who lived in San Jose, and LIKED living in San Jose. Also, I wouldn't run la sabana after dark, likely to get robbed unfortunately. I lived in Pavas and ran around my neighborhood often and loved it. There's plenty of places to run that's not La sabana as well. Just FYI.
  5. My esposo has a plane ticket to CR to spend NYE with the family. My Christmas surprise was a ticket for me too! He bought it with his miles (he travels internationally about 50% for his job) I'm so happy to go (to 2nd) home!!! Only a few days but it'll be great to see family, friends, and SUN.
  6. Well. It's done. I've gotten no sleep and I'm sad, scared and ashamed. Esposo and started talk a little while back about trying to move back to CR in two years. Now trying to make it happen in one.
  7. I absolutely adore the idea of USA citizens attempting to "flee" to Canada. I wish them well with obtaining residency (which none of them have thought about), finding jobs (which they are not more qualified for because they're from the USA), and adjusting to life in a completely different country. Idiots...
  8. My esposo calls home frequently to cell phones and landlines using Skype mostly, which charges per minute. He also uses Whatsapp to make free phone calls to his sister and others who can figure out the app! Haha
  9. I'm sorry some people are having a tough time. I feel like some of the comments are fairly non important, like the "it's cold" one and "it's hard to find work". It's hard to find work everywhere, and as a recent refugee immigrant it's going to be even more difficult. I'm a well educated teacher with plenty of resources and a support system in CR and it still took me six months to find a job. I was honestly happy I found one in under a year! I know we always seem to squabble over things like this, but I love my country. It's not perfect, but I love living here and realize how lucky I am to have been born in this country with such a powerful passport. The organizations running out of money is really unfortunate. But no one should expect to show up in a new country and have a road of gold paved in front of them. It takes hard work and determination to make a life in a new country. We all know that! (I'm not saying that the people you are in contact with aren't trying, just that it takes a lot of work, it's not easy.) Also, about everyone wanting to leave- that sort of stuff really irritates me. Mostly because people in the USA, for the most part, are ignorant as to what it takes to move abroad. We think we can take our powerful US passport, show up in a new country and just start working and living like we were born there. This is evident by all the posts we get here, all the messages I get on facebook about wanting to move to CR "to live the simple life", and all the ridiculous "I'm moving to Canada" statements. Yeah? Under what visa? It's all arbitrary. Especially for the amount of waiting time and lack of support you get during the process. Applying for my husband's 10 year greencard right now and that set us back a fun $590. Applying for it the first time around was around $903 total (excluding the $80/package for DHL-ing stuff up, like 6 times). And to apply for citizenship (one more year!) it'll be $680. But I'm more than willing to part with that money to be done with the obtuse people at USCIS once and for all!
  10. Estoy usando Duolingo ahorita para aprender potuguese. Me esta gustando bestante. Pero no es suficiente. Yo ocupo leer en el idioma para aprender mas rapido. Eso es lo que hice con espanol. Es que me da demasiado pereza leer en otro idioma!!
  11. 1- I am a Panther's fan and that game was very disappointing. Honestly the only portion of the team that played well was the Bronco's defense. Bronco offense was really not that great. I mean the score was close, even with all turnovers and fumbles and horrible game play going on the Panther's end. We'll get 'em next year. #keeppounding 2- I love Lady Gaga, she's an excellent singer. I saw her live when she came to San Jose! She was great. Not only is she a great singer, but she's an amazing performer. I like her antics, I think they're fun. I wasn't blown away by her national anthem, but I know she's a great singer so whatever. 3- The halftime show was great. I am a big Beyonce and Bruno Mars fan, I mean who isn't? Coldplay seemed to just try to keep up. Speaking of how fabulous Beyonce is, I'll be buying cheap-o tickets to her tour which is starting soon. Gotta love the Bey!
  12. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=how+much+is+the+first+checked+bag+on+delta+international
  13. I let each of my classes pick out numbers and I went and bought the tickets. I told them if they picked the right numbers then I'd give them all a 100 on their project they're working on right now.
  14. Powerball in NC is now 1.3 billion! If I remember I'll buy a ticket, though my esposo always rolls his eyes at me.
  15. I agree that people who owe more than $50,000 of taxes should be paying up!!! I filed my taxes with the USA every year I lived in CR. I was making a CR salary so of course I didn't have to pay anything, but taxes were filed. If you break the law (ie- not pay your taxes on time or at all) there should be a consequence. It's not like taxes are a surprise or anything. Plus you can get up to a SIX MONTH extension in filing your taxes. There's no excuse. I've been filing taxes on my meagerly earnings since I was 16.
  16. I'm a big fan of living in small/medium size cities. I loved living in Chepe- all the great nightlife, great restaurants, everything convenient and oh yeah- a JOB!! It was also surrounded by the beautiful mountains which I loved to look at every day, and we were close to lots of fun get-away spots. Now in the USA I'm living right downtown in my hometown, another small city (smaller than San Jose). I love it. I walk to work, walk to bars, walk to the park, walk to live music... it's great. As we look ahead and start planning our move to Brazil (!!! which won't happen for another two years or so but I'm still already excited about it) we're looking at nice sized cities with plenty to do, but not too large, and with plenty of nature nearby.
  17. I've always been a fan of multiplaza in Escazu, the pay to park kind of sucks. Especially since there's often no parking!! But you couldn't pay me to go to any mall in any country in November or December.
  18. Please do not eat shark (tiburon). Shark finning a huge problem in Costa Rica and is greatly cutting down the shark population in the oceans (some shark populations have decreased by 70% in just the past 20-30 years). Add to that shark being fished for meat... our ocean ecosystems are about to become seriously FUBAR. Do NOT eat shark. It's not environmentally sustainable.
  19. $109 per diem on food alone??!! I'd be raking in about $80/day! My esposo travels frequently for work now and he gets about $40 per diem which I found generous. But obviously he needs to work for the US gov'mint. PS- I didn't get the "untrusted" note. Guess logging in from the USA has something to do with it?
  20. I really enjoyed this article and see a lot of truth in it!! http://www.siliconafrica.com/dont-call-them-expats-they-are-immigrants-like-everyone-else/
  21. I (obviously) am around my pachuco talking esposo so much that one time I nearly said "lo despichaste?" to a student when they told me the microwave was broken.
  22. I don't think this is real, but it is pretty funny! And also a good practice for some pachucadas! Merlin Industries Trenton , NJ USA Memorandum To: Costa Rican Employees From: Human Resources Department Subject: New Policy using the Spanish language during working hours. 1) Words like "picha", "hijueputa " and other such expressions will not be used for emphasis, no matter how heated the discussion may get. 2) Non-important matters should not be addressed to as "mierda" 3) You will not say "la cagó" when someone makes a mistake, or "cagaron" if you see someone being reprimanded. All forms and derivates of the word "cagar" are inappropiated in our environment. 4) Lack of determination will not be referred to as "falta de huevos" or "culioladas", not will a person with lack of initiative be referred to as "maricon", "playo" or comemierda". 5) No manager or supervisor, under any circunstances, will be referred to as "ese care picha", or "ese maricon" 6) When a good proposal is presented, the term "está pichudo" must no be used. 7) Unusual or creative brainstorming meetings will not be referred to as "diarreas mentales". 8) Do not say " como jode" if a person is persistent, or " se jodió " if somebody is going trough a difficult situation. Furthermore, you must not say "que Hijueputa " or " que dolor de picha "when matters become complicated in your line of work. 9) When asking someone to leave you alone, you should not say " vayase pala mierda", or will you substitute "qué putas quiere?" for "May I help you?". 10) When leaving the office, using the term " me voy malparidos " is not proper. 11) When any office equipment fails, it must be reported as " it broke down", not " se despichó" or " se jodió está mierda ". 12) Last but not least, after reading this memo, please do not say, "me voy a limpiar el culo con esto". Just keep it clean and file properly. Thank you for your cooperation.
  23. Well maybe not that far north! Things have been going great for my esposo and I here in the USA! He had a slightly difficult transition period but now he has a job he loves. He was almost shocked that he got off three whole days for Christmas and two days for New Years! Haha! He's used to working overtime on the holidays so he's loving his time off. It's also been a little difficult being away because someone in his family is having serious health issues. Luckily, he'll be traveling to Mexico for his job in the next month so we hope he'll have time to pop over to CR to visit with his family for a few days. The cold hasn't been too much of an issue. We are in North Carolina so it doesn't get too cold. We did have a slight flurry of snow the other week which was nice. But this was after my esposo spent four days in Wisconsin where it was snowing like crazy! Now he doesn't complain about NC cold! hehe Financially we're doing great. In just these five months we've been in the USA we've been able to save almost double what we were able to save three years in Costa Rica. And we certainly haven't cut back on the drinking! We both miss CR for lots of reasons and love being in the USA for lots of reasons. We were streaming the Toros the other night and it made me really home[?]sick for CR. We watched the part where they had the moving stage with the band in the ring with two bulls. It was so damn funny and so damn tico. We're really excited about getting rich and then moving back to CR to retire in paradise. Here's some pictures! Me and some friends at our friend's wedding in India! We had a freaking blast! We got to see the Taj Mahal!! Perlita getting used to the climate change as well. We went to Fiesta de la Paz here in NC. This was a fashion show. Very few ticos were actually there, mostly other Latin American countries. State Fair goodies! Enjoying a cozy fire with my puppy. I hope everyone is doing well!!!
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