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  1. Thanks costaricafinca for those links. I've met Trevor. I was informed of his past failure. We met and discussed MGO construction and mini houses. He is still building houses in Costa Rica. His work can be verified.
  2. Its all about doing your homework. Take your time. Study the following link. http://casasenescazu.com/
  3. Time flies. This is my last week here. Today, the bus driver told someone to give up their seat to an old lady. Someone did and the bus left the stop. There were a lot of people on the bus. Why! I had an old tica lady sit beside me and she found out what it was like being so close to a old gringo. From her smile, I gathered that she was not put off. I do think that everyone knew each other because they would give their parcels to someone to put into their lap as they maneuver into their own seat. If the lady had a child in her lap then the parcels would be retrieved at their disembarkation point.
  4. Talk to Trevor Chilton and decide. http://casasenescazu.com/
  5. I have only seen one set/installation of wind mills that does not appear to be running all the time. Today, Sat., was the second day in this month, that it was sunny all day. I mean, no clouds to hit you in the face and drenched you. I would estimate that Tilaran gets 50 per cent of the wetness that San Luis gets. We spent the day in Tilaran. On the week end there is reduced bus service. The posted bus schedules are not kept up to date. Checking with the regular bus users is the most accurate info. The bus driver known everyone on his route and knows where to stop to let them off. He even waits for someone that is late and still running to catch the bus. It's so human and unusual. I hope that my comments and impressions are useful to others trying to decide if CR is for them.
  6. I have learned a few more things about CR. Living in a cloud is wet, damp and cold. Fog is not like a cloud. Cloud are always moving, meaning its windy. Since the beginning of jan., everywhere that I have been, coco beach, Tilaran, to Quesada, it has been windy. Is that normal for CR? The strap of my pack exposed the skin on my shoulder and I got a sunburn on my shoulder. (An afternoon) The light switches are 12 in. lower than where I come from. I feel sorry for everyone trying to make a living from the mountainous terrain that I have seen. Could ants carry off the house while I was asleep?
  7. Cut a plastic bottle in half. Poke a small hole in the cap. Take the top half and set it, upside down into the bottom half. If you think you will tip it over then tape both pieces together. The top half make a funnel that the flies cannot find the hole they came into the bottle. For bait, I use some wine, vinegar or even a small piece of something rotting like a piece of banana.
  8. There are many things that are taken for granted, due to familiarity. Here are some strange/different/unfamiliar/surprising items ... Tiles everywhere on everything No door sills Sweeping and mopping of tile floor made easier with no door sill Shinny tile floors are only achieved by repeated sweeping and mopping For some reason, I expected a lot more Bugs on windshields because its the tropics I also expected that I would be in a constant battle to keep the bugs out of the house. Sorry, not this house. I made a homemade fruit fly trap that work. There less fly here that my house in Canada.
  9. Thank you, everyone I am going slowly and discovering many different customs and ways of living. The rain ditches, on the highway, must be 2 meters wide and slopping down to a deeper channel and are made of cement. The older ditches are weed/grass covered. On a lighter note. Every family must have someone who can use a sewing machine because all the pants are skin tight. The ladies are not wearing their tops/blouses loose in an attempt to hide their roll of fat. The majority of women buy only the bottom half of their bra. Women seem to accept the way they look as natural. The work day seem to start with the rising sun. My tan is increasing and when I sit on a bench while waiting for my wife to do her shopping more Tico and Tica will greet me and seem to start a conversation. It's only when I respond do they realize that I'm a gringo. Regardless, our short encounter ends in smiles and laughter.
  10. Well, I made the exploratory trip to Quesada. Do you want to hear my opinion of experience? Okay We left took our first bus at 6:30 am . Our second at 7:00 am Our trip was on Hyw 142 The weather was cloudy with some sunshine. The scenery was great. I was surprised to find that Nuevo Arenal did not have a scenic view of the lake. The quantities of businesses catering to tourist increased and reach its peak at La Fortuna. The town is full of restaurants, sleeping accommodations, and tour operators. La Fortuna felt uncomfortably hotter than Tilaran. On our way to Quesada we had a one hour wait in La Fortuna. We used the time to go for a cup of coffee at a restaurant that was on the corner. The next first half of our trip was on the flat growing plains of the district of San Carlos. I saw fields of banana bunches wrapped in blue bags, sugar canes, papaya, and pineapples. I noted the difference between fields that are being grazed those that have been neglected. It does not take long for the jungle to regrow. I liked Quesada. It feels drier, and warmer than Tilaran. It's not as windy. I wish I had more time to explore Quesada. I'll do it on another trip . On the return trip,I did spend a day exploring La Fortuna. The return trip finished in the dark, at 7:30 pm, with no accident.
  11. It's okay Paul, google took me to the right place. I'm going to lookup how to get there from tilaran, by bus, and find a place to stay.
  12. Hello everyone, and thank you. If anyone want to get a free cup of coffee then set up a meet. :-) I went to canas by bus this morning. It was raining when I left but warm and sunny with a refreshing breeze in canas. It felt good to get the dampness out of our bones. I have had 2 locals tell me that the rains are lasting longer than usual. No bus ride for tomorrow, Sat. We will rest. Sunday is going to be spent at a farmers market. @ Paul M. I googled Ciudad Queada (aka San Carlos) and I liked what I read. If I can I'll make a trip. To all There will not be a buying of a house on this trip. There could be a longer rental trip next year. It's time for me to go write my notes. Until later.
  13. On google map, it is on highway 926 going east, from Canas. I spent 3 days in Liberia. It was very windy. From you previous info, I did find that highway 1 was under improvement and it made traffic difficult.
  14. Thanks. I Keep reading about the best place to live are the towns around SanJose. (weather wise) Would canas be a competitor? How would you rate Libano?
  15. Hello! I have arrived in cr and I am staying near San Luis. It has been windy, even on my trip to the blue zone. So far, the wind and the wet clouds have been drenching us every day. It did not stop us from going exploring to Tilaran. Our property mgr is sick and tired of this unusual wet weather. Everything feel damp. We keep the cellin fan running so that we don't feel so damp. Today, there was no wind and only some high clouds that could not scrap off their load of water and leave us drenched. A cottage at the lake for a permanent location would not be for us. I am going to explore farther. I looking for input. How about Canas? It appears to be outside of the "rain zone".
  16. Today is the start of construction. http://news.yahoo.com/construction-begin-controversial-nicaragua-canal-003625983.html Construction will begin with the first access roads at the mouth of the Brito River on the Central American country's Pacific coast. Wang's Hong Kong Nicaragua Development Investment (HKND) company says 300 workers will build the roads and a port, the first of 50,000 people who will be hired to construct the massive 280-kilometer waterway connecting the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Last year, Ortega's allies in Congress fast-tracked legislation granting HKND a 50-year concession, renewable for another 50, to build and operate a canal in return for a payment of $10 million a year once it's up and running. The law lets HKND develop ancillary projects — ports, an airport, roads, a railway — even if it doesn't get built. http://hknd-group.com/portal.php?mod=list&catid=36 The integrated Nicaragua Grand Canal project will include the following 6 sub projects: Canal (including locks), 2 Ports, a Free Trade Zone, Holiday Resorts, an International Airport and several roads. In addition, there will be construction of a power station, cement factory, steel factory and other related facilities to ensure the successful completion of the canal within 5 years. http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/12/22/nicaragua-canal-tobreakgroundamidangerskepticism.html Workers were set to break ground Monday for the construction of Nicaragua's controversial $50 billion canal linking the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The mega-project — widely reported as the world’s largest civil engineering enterprise Construction was set to begin at the mouth of the Brito river on Nicaragua's Pacific coast. If completed, the canal will then run across Lake Nicaragua, through rainforest and at least 40 villages requiring resettlement. The canal will then terminate at the mouth of river Punta Gorda in the southern Caribbean. Rather than dredge the lakebed to make it deep enough for large vessels, Talavera said, the project will use machines to suction the soil in order to keep upturned sediment from clouding the water and shutting down photosynthesis.
  17. My problems started after I updated to the latest version. I tried all kinds of things. Its still not working. I'm still trying new things.
  18. Okay! I'll find a name to try. (ie. Someone claiming to own a property that he wants to sell.)
  19. Thanks Criollo I got as far as you said. I want to look up owners of properties, in tilaran. I want to see the survey maps of the properties. What do I need to do?
  20. I dont know why but the link has too many chararter to be valid. https://www.rnpdigital.com/%C2%A0 The end needs to be removed %C2%A0 for it to work. Is there anyone able to guide me, (with a personal message, if you want) on how to browse the site to find property and their owners.
  21. Yes. I just found it from your comment. https://www.rnpdigital.com/ After digging though the links and using google translate, I feel confident in saying that I would not be able to use it to verify a property. So, I would be using a service like ARCR. Can someone clue me in to the cost etc.
  22. "Top law firms and the Casa Canada Group have computers connected directly to the Central Registry and can search the title of land instantly from their office. Registry of mortgages and liens are much the same as in North America. " Who has used this service from ARCR? Can you share on your experience and wisdom?
  23. re. A good place to research is craigslist Costa Rica Thanks I got one that I will put on my list for when I go looking I got it bookmark jal
  24. Re.: perform any physical work Okay !!!! Can someone tell me how an artist, who is doing creating his/her "art", which can be mass produced for the tourist market, do his/her work?
  25. Thanks Gayle! I have been following all of the wisdom that you have mentioned. I've been there once, passing through. Daughter was there for 1 month. I will not be "buying" before renting. I'm a retired construction "guy" and did inspections for years. ps. You forgot to tell me about the no-seem, mosquitoes, dust everywhere from the country roads, green/black mold, termites, and the equivalent to "leaky condos". Also, have you got a neighbor that I can talk to?
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