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  1. Letting everyone know that my book "Clam Queen to Bijagua Gringa" is now available as a Kindle book on Amazon.  It's the story of life in a tiny fishing village on the west coast of Florida and my move to Costa Rica and my early life here. 

    I arrived in Cedar Key,  Florida in 1985 and found it to be a place I wanted to live.  Full of eccentric characters, artists and fishermen, it was an isolated village, 4 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico.  But over time, it became "gentrified" and lost most of what made it so attractive to me.  Spending a vacation in Costa Rica got me thinking about a "new life" and after several trips, I bought a 3-hectare  "parcela" and thus began my life in Costa Rica where I have lived ever since 2002.  Lots of Costa Rican  adventures but no "gory details" of legalities or anything like that.  Just all of my wonderful (and a few awful) experiences. 

    Pura Vida!
     

     


  2. Hi, Ya'll.  I'm not sure this is the correct forum for this - but - here goes.

    I am in the process of finishing up the manuscript for a new book:  From Clam Queen to Bijagua Gringa:  A journey of small town life on Florida's Gulf Coast to living with the volcanoes of Costa Rica"

    I'm looking for someone who is an experienced copy editor to proofread and do some editing - mostly for structure and grammar and not for content.  I have a background in writing and editing and have self-published several books so the book is in pretty good shape.  It's about 13,000 words.

    Let me know if any of you are copy editors and would be willing to tackle this project or if you know someone in Costa Rica that you could recommend.  You can send me a private message,  if you like. 

    Thanks! 

     

     


  3. The cars I've bought were from private parties and I never paid any sales tax.    🙄  I expect you would need to contact some dealers to find out if the advertised price includes sales tax.  Almost all items sold in Costa Rica have the sales tax included in the advertised price.  I think this might be a law and you must state that the advertised price does not include the tax.... but I'm not sure about that. 

    As for "other fees" - you will have to pay a lawyer to do the title transfer at the registry and pay the fee to do the transfer.  A dealer will have someone they work with or even someone on site possibly.   The new title is then mailed to you - or - if you are close by, you can just pick it up from the lawyer.  (From the Registry, the new title will go to the lawyer, not you.) 

    I bought a used car from a private party about a year ago and the lawyer fee was 70,000 colones and the Registry fee was 80,000 colones.  That's all the fees that I know of - assuming the car has the RTV and Marchamo up to date (which it should). 

    As for importing from the US:  I'd much rather buy a car I can drive, see, feel, hear and I have no problem taking it to a good Costa Rican mechanic to ensure it's in good shape and hasn't been flooded or wrecked.  But yes, it can't  hurt to check CarFax to see if it was imported from the US and what the history was.

     


  4. Well, I wrote a long and erudite answer (haha) to your reply but then decided "Why the hell am I bothering." and didn't post it. 

    I've learned a lot of things from this forum over the years but if there is so little interest in discussions about "all things Costa Rican" or how things elsewhere in the world affect us in Costa Rica, then I'm out.  I can take only so many, as you say, repetitive questions about how to acquire residency and where to live and how much does it cost to live.  And where's a good place to eat in San Jose. 

    🙋‍♀️


  5. Paul, if you are "anxious to make a post" then why not start a discussion about some of the things swirling around Costa Rica and inside Costa Rica?

    1.  World Cup

    2.  Keylor Navas - Costa Rica team and Real Madrid

    3.  Situation in Nicaragua and how it affects Costa Rica

    4.  Is there more tourism this June?

    5.  Hurricane forecasts for 2018 and effect on Costa Rica

    6.  Costa Rica relationship with US

    7.  Costa Rican boy found alone in the Arizona desert

    8.  Will prices go up in Costa Rica now that so many trucks are stuck in Nicaragua?

    9.  What will happen with my gasoline-powered car now that Costa Rica is heading towards not using fossil fuels?

    10.  What do our forum members think is the biggest headline about Costa Rica in the past week?

    Come on, people.  There's more to life than acquiring or renewing residency and questions about the Caja.  😁

    Bonus question:  Any good wildlife sightings this past week?  (Yes, including snakes....)   


  6. "Short-term" is what I was alluding to in my post and not someone who is assigned here for several years. As far as I know, per diem expenses are paid only to people on some kind of temporary assignment or trip. But, I don't know if that is really the case.

     

    And frankly, I really DON'T (caps mine) see any correlation between these numbers and LIVING here. As we all know, living costs can be all over the place, depending on many factors. Obviously, Tom Brady and family would not have the same living costs as me.


  7. Hahahaha... When I clicked on that URL, I got a message from my browser that it was "untrusted" hahahaha. A .gov website from the US. My first laugh of the day!

     

    Then I thought..... "well, hmmm.... maybe someone hacked into it etc etc etc...." With all the talk about privacy on the other thread, I'm hesitant. Still, it's pretty funny.


  8. To me, the point of any country's financial situation is to learn to live with it. Unless you are a citizen of Costa Rica, you are not in a position to change anything, really.

     

    So I would say -- whatever your beliefs are about the current financial conditions in the country, adjust your budget accordingly, be very careful when buying property or opening a business (as we have said thousands of time here), have a "what if..." plan so you are not gobsmacked by a financial downturn.

     

    As foreigners, we can all sit around bemoaning the government policies of Costa Rica -- or just get on with life. Maybe for some people, it is interesting to research and know all the ins and outs of economic conditions, but I, for one, would rather watch the birds eating the bananas at my bird feeder.


  9. For me, AMCostaRica is just pages and pages of ads with a very few stories about Costa Rica, not all of them accurate, with lots of world news and news from the US that is totally unnecessary. TicoTimes is a bit better.

     

    There are quite a few online English newspapers - Q Costa Rica is another one - but basically, they take the stories from the Spanish language papers, translate them and then publish.

     

    For more actual Costa Rica news, read the Spanish language papers. La Nacion, CRHoy, Prensa Libre. Really, the best online newspaper is El Financiero.

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