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    television or online tv

    Interesting. I used putlocker.io last night and did not get any kind of virus. Maybe try that one? Sorry you had that problem with putlockers - very annoying.
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    cedula renewal

    James - you contact the SS office in the US Embassy in San Jose and they will send you a "personalized" email letter with your name on it, stating the amount of your pension. It's in Spanish so just print it out and you're good to go. Sorry - don' t know the current cost.
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    It's Different Here

    I have been wondering if those tanks were part of some kind of movement on the part of the Russians to have a military base or at least a military presence in Latin America. But, of course, despots have never shied away from using tanks on their fellow countrymen.
  4. If you get your CR citizenship, then you don't have to mess with residency renewals and paperwork. It's not difficult and it is definitely easier por matrimonio than por residencia.
  5. induna: I would hope that anyone who is smart enough to get to and read the posts in this forum would not try to enter a country without either the proper passport or proper visa. From what I have read and from a friend who recently went through the process, you can go to the Correo or Banco de Costa Rica and easily get your passport. All you have to do is show your cedula and pay. It is mailed to you.
  6. --------- "Just a curiosity question for those of you who have or plan to get a Costa Rican passport: what are your reasons for getting one as opposed to continuing to use your US (or home country) passport? Do you maintain both passports, or do you (would you?) let your US passport expire? " I will keep my US passport and have to renew it next year, in fact. Otherwise, when traveling to the US and using my Costa Rican passport, I would have to go through the process of getting a visa which I would probably not be able to get. For me, it's just easier to keep my US passport and keep it up to date than to let it expire or renounce US citizenship. (That is a tempting thought given the state of things in the US this last year.... I have this fantasy of going to the Embassy and throwing my passport over the fence... lol) I will get a Costa Rican passport so that anytime I travel ANYWHERE ELSE, I can use it. Even if I never travel anywhere else, to me, it's still part of being a citizen. And tibas9: Thanks for that info. Keep in mind that there are far far more Nicaraguan temporary or permanent residents in Costa Rica than North American residents so perhaps Migracion is more familiar by this time with the process.
  7. I did not ask them to put my previous name on the cedula. (I didn't know that was an option and wouldn't have done it anyway.) In looking at my new cedula, there are four lines for name: Nombre, 1st apellido, 2nd apellido and C.C. I have no idea what "C.C." is unless that's the place where you would put the Also Known As name. I have not applied for a Costa Rican passport. I will make an appointment with the Banco de Costa Rica to do that and I'm waiting to see if I can coordinate that with the day my new debit card from the Banco de Costa Rica will be ready. Just to be clear -- I'm getting a new debit card with a chip which will replace the old card and has nothing to do with the cedula change. OK -- I just tried to make an appointment to get my passport and got a message that said basically "Your new cedula number is not in the (our) system yet." Maybe next week..... The BCR website does tell you what is necessary: cedula, $56 plus $7 (for the bank) and 4585 colones for mailing it to you. They say it takes about 10 days through Migracion and you must pay all the fees in colones. You can also acquire a passport through the Correos de Costa Rica. No online appointment service available but make an appointment by phone. Update: Just checked the Registro Publico and my cedula isn't there. So I guess everything will have to wait until it's "in the computer." Will keep checking.
  8. Thanks, rodo, for your felicidades and good information, as always. My residency cedula expires in June so I do have a little time to get things done. Can't wait to use that passport! I'm going to visit family in the US in July and that will be my first chance. My first time traveling with TWO passports!
  9. Thanks, induna. Sounds like you have to physically go to MIgracion in San Jose but I wonder if this could be done at any of the branches. Well, I guess I'll have to take my own advice and go to the branch and ASK! haha Edit: I suppose that as much as I HATE going to San Jose, it's worth it to get $300 (or thereabouts). It's like.... what if someone said "Will you go to San Jose for $300?" I would do it.
  10. Oh, thank you, tibas9! I had completely forgotten about that. Can you tell me a little bit about how to do that? Is there some kind of form or do I just write a letter? What did you do?
  11. I went to the bank and changed my accounts. About an hour later, I tried to use my debit card. "invalid" it said. Maybe not as easy as I thought? Haven't tried it today. According to my friend, to change your driver's license, you need to speak with the manager of the MOPT office that you use. (I use the one in Liberia.) What she learned was: you need to call and verify that the manager is going to be there because she made the trip to Liberia only to discover that he was out for the day. Thanks for the congrats! Yeah... about those sidewalks and stilettos.... I'd have to actually buy a pair of heels so probably will not try. I can, however, make great gallo pinto, good tortillas, push my way onto the bus with the best of them, clip the corner of one of those plastic bags with frozen gelatin and suck it out, get the best seat on the bus and say "tch!" to any dog that threatens me while pointing at it. Maybe I qualify?
  12. Gracias, Paul! Next comes the ongoing task of changing my cedula number at every place I can think of. Bank, ICE, Caja....... que mas, no se. Pero, en tiempo!
  13. Great article today about the people who Carlos Alvarado is going to surround himself with to run the government. It's worth a read and really great news. Very inclusive and pretty much all experienced and intelligent people and not all from one group or one political party or another. http://qcostarica.com/this-is-the-unity-government-offered-by-carlos-alvarado/
  14. Yesterday, I received an email from TSE that basically said "Come and get your cedula." Yippee!! So today, I got myself to the TSE office and OMG it was real! Had to show my current permanent residency cedula and sign a paper and this was in the Manager's office. On his computer, he reviewed all my paperwork (again...) and then sent me to the guy who creates cedulas. After answering a few questions (what State was I born in, mother and father names, phone number, directions to my house, my birthdate) my photo was taken as well as fingerprints and signature. I had thought about my signature and would I change it based on adding my Mom's name. I decided that I would just add the first initial of her name to my signature which would help my poor brain keep things straight. I was so excited! I hovered between tears and jumping up and down! (The manager of that office congratulated me and gave me a little hug.) Next.... the gentleman who does the cedula thing printed out a receipt and handed it to me and said "Viernes." Wait... what? OMG. I have to go back on Friday to pick up my cedula. Hmmm. Do they not make cedulas in that office -- only in San Jose and this is why I have to pick it up on Friday? Well, no matter. I do remember a post by Tibas9 describing submitting an application and having some other entity review each part of it very carefully. My take is that I submitted my application and the first check was to see if the application was complete with all the required items. Then, several people reviewed each item to ensure each item was correct and appropriate. There were a couple of questions about differences in my name -- one person had added an "s" to my last name that shouldn't be there and that got corrected. Then, there was the minor kerfluffle about my income statement and that was then settled and OKd. All in all, it took a year. Longer than I imagined it would take but there was a presidential election, of course. Plus, I have to admit, that I did not jump right on some of the emails I got because of other commitments. It took 6 months from the time i submitted the application to get an email that said "OK. Your application is complete and accurate and we accept it." Update: Picked up my cedula this morning. One year plus 10 days from the date I submitted my application.
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    It's Different Here

    President Solis participated in the "National Parks Day" last year by visiting several of the National Parks. One of them was a Park near where I live. He arrived in a motorcade of three cars with 3 or 4 plainclothes police accompanying him. But once he got to the crowd, the police melted away. He visited all the booths that had been set up for displaying local tourism options and had gobs of photos taken. Again, there was no security, really, and people just wandered in and around. It is a huge difference and I am proud of it. Our President is FOR the people and I think they know and understand that. He doesn't seem to really set himself apart from the people. But I have seen him on a broadcast from the UK that was a major interview and in perfect English, he explained difficult and complicated situations with ease. (Sad to see him go and hope Alvarado will be as good!)

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