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  1. And pools can also be enclosed, of course, and a filter and vacuum should be standard equipment.
  2. Having done this myself, you will need front and rear directional signal lights,a horn and rear view mirror. Most cuadras here have reflectors on the four corners as well. I used reflective tape to be sure. I added a bicycle speedometer as well. Passed the first time. Any motorcycle parts store will have these items and more. (Of course you already have headlights and tail/brake lights)
  3. I've had better luck in Costa Rica than I ever had in the states
  4. I, too, have often wondered what was the kind of fish that I purchased at the pescaderia in Mas País of that mi vecino (mi primo) brought me from one of his fishing trips. I know that this is a guide to fillets (not steaks as you described) but this may be of use (to someone). Any fotos? color? texture? http://www.marviva.net/index.php/en/consume-responsibly/56-news/costa-rica/348-guide-to-the-identification-of-fillets
  5. FWIW , mi esposa has always referred to me as 'mi marido', never esposo.(tal vez local differences?) Have purchased salsa Lizano in the Detroit area many times, often for less than in CR. And there are some 'passable' recipes to be found online if you are so inclined and having withdrawal. Also available in Chicago.
  6. This is my dog This is a toad This is my dog on toads Any questions?
  7. Imagínate voz! y no terminada todavía. Yes, I remember first hearing of toad licking back in '70's. The toads are toxic to dogs, with some encounters reportedly resulting in death. Mine just foamed at the mouth profusely, went into convulsions, vomited and was quite lethargic for several days, but he survived. The local folklore remedy was lots of milk so mi cuñada poured as much of a litre down his throat as she could and the rest to wash his mouth out. It's not so much the concentration of the dart frogs toxin as the method of intake. The toxin is not readily absorbed through the skin, hence the use of darts. Various sources state that there is enough toxin on the skin of one frog to kill 8-20 adult humans. And yes, the frogs concentrate the toxins on their skin from eating their prey as a defensive mechanism. Soooo...back to my question. 'Would they require medical attention?'... Let's say for the sake of discussion that after a 'very very rare' encounter that one would require medical attention. No phones, no electricity, no ambulance, no taxi, no bus available. So now you now have to saddle up your horse, ride two hours or so to the lancha. And the lancha only runs on lunes y jueves (two days a week). Then a 4-5 hour ride over, at times, some very rough waters......you get the idea. As a padre o abuelo in those days I , too, might be inclined to instill fear of something in my children so that they don't touch it rather than deal with the alternative. Remember, it wasn't very long ago, the story of a tourist student who decided that it would be cool to grab a garrobo for a foto a he ended up being sent packing back to the states due to the resulting infection.
  8. oops... that should have been "some Ticos that I Know".... so what happens if if your 3-4 year old child licks Bufo marinus toad or rubs their eyes (or has cuts or scratches on their hands) after handling a poison dart frog? Would they require medical attention? I know my dog didn't fare too well after 'licking' a toad.
  9. Tal vez..... 'millones de pies' re: "since these guys appear totally harmless, no harm in picking one up and looking at the number of true legs.... " What's that saying, an ounce of prevention..... please, use gloves or forceps in your first encounter with the unknown (maybe even safety glasses). Looks can be deceiving. I once thought ants to be harmless, not any more. re: nerd heaven I , also, as a young'n collected and raised whatever I could catch in the local fields and streams. Al principio, I did not understand my wife's fear of ranas y sapos until I did some research into the local fauna of Costa Rica. Ticos are taught to fear ranas y sapos at a very early age for good reason.
  10. If you know the owners name go here Consulta de Personas por Nombre This will tell you the properties that they own and then you can click on the properties to check description and liens and mortages etc. Indice Personas Fisicas will provide info if the person is a member of an SA and the properties owned by the SA https://www.rnpdigital.com/shopping/consultaDocumentos/indiceDocumentos.jspx# However, to see the maps and planos I think you still need to go to the local muni or registro nacional. Costa Rica has been working on consolidating their varous records (for 4-5 years so far) into one system called Sistema de Información del Registro Inmobiliario (SIRI). All I can find so far are screen shots and proposals of the system. I read once that it was partially up and running but nowhere near completion.
  11. I know someone with 2 houses, $400/month 5 minutes from playa Santa Teresa, away from the dust and noise.
  12. For some reason the above links didn't work for me either, but I already have it bookmarked. If the one I posted does not work, Google registro nacional to find the link. Then click this link: Then you will need to "registrarse por primera vez" if you haven't already. If you make it past this, then start with : Consultas Gratuitas You may need to consult with Registro Civiles - Consultas Civiles to get a cedula number or someones exact legal name as searches need to be specific, close doesn't count. It's interesting the things you can find out with just a name or cedula. Hope this gets you started. Buena suerte!
  13. https://www.rnpdigital.com/
  14. Just in case anyone was wondering..... medical part: S.E.M = Seguro enfermedad y maternidad pension part: I.V.M = Invalidez, Vejez y Muerte
  15. dipnettin' in the rivers from a bridge is how we used to catch them in south east Michigan. Did anyone mention how they are eaten? Whole, battered and fried. Whole as in heads on guts in.
  16. Mornin' Paul, como amaneció? After some more research I got the same impression. And after reviewing the movie again. the phrase "Pura Vida" seems to be used as more of a response to Murphy's Law situations rather than a statement of Murphy's Law itself. Mas adagios para su lectura: “No estar mal, por que pago mal” (CR) “No pensar mal, por que pago mal” (CR) “Éramos pocos y parió la abuela” (MEX?)
  17. mmmmm smelt...... yum, I miss dipnettin' definitely? As to "posts #5, #9, and #11" I can find as just many Costa Ricans who have never heard of Murphy nor his law and can think of no equivalent, my wife included. I would suspect that there are educational experience, regional and generational factors at play here and I believe by no means is Murphys Law as common knowledge in Costa Rica as it is to us from the north. I have found that many sayings, or adages if you will, have origins that predate our countries if not the discovery of the Americas and if I directly translate from English to Spanish my wife generally understands and can provide the Spanish or Tico equivalent. Not so with Murphy's Law. Murphy's Law is of more recent and English origin. After reading what I have just wrote (written writed ?) I have found no CR equivalent of Murphy's Law and those here that are aware of it have been influenced by the direct translation of the English version. btw.... have you seen the movie, you need to see the movie
  18. I think DanaJ has it right. Pura Vida. Anyone ever seen the movie by the same name? no matter what happens, however bad, the lead just shrugs,smiles and says Pura Vida.
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