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  1. Stoic

    Who celebrates US holidays?

    We joked about how most everyone in our area gets into the Halloween spirit, putting up all those big scary spiderwebs all over their yards We aren't really into holidays, will probably only do Christmas.
  2. Well, this month we have been renting a home outside Grecia that has Wifi included. My wife logs on to NFL Game Pass via her laptop. 1st couple of weeks she just watched on the laptop. We recently found one of our HDMI cables in our luggage, so now she runs that from laptop to TV and gets a good picture. This week we are moving into a long-term rental up the road. So now the adventure will be to get internet set up there
  3. So we are in CR now. Wife got NFL Game Pass. Something like $124 for the season. She can watch any NFL game live. I think the service is more expensive in the USA, and a game has to end before it becomes available for viewing. Here, she can watch a live game, pause it, and return to it later. When any game is over you can watch a condensed version if you like. Pretty good deal.
  4. In Grecia for the month. Love the weather.
  5. Looks like we will be based in Alajuela for the first week, as we make some trips out to Atenas and surrounding towns in search of a good fit.
  6. Heck yes I am nervous A lot of it is wondering how long it will take to find a community we are happy with. We have two children and I really want them to make good friends quickly and get into a routine. I think we'll be leaving 20-30 boxes of stuff behind, but they aren't really things I am in a hurry to bring down. Mostly I just want my family to settle in without too much stress.
  7. House has sold, passports have been renewed, and tickets have been purchased. Moving towards the end of August 2017. Don't know what we are going to do once we're off the plane . Details to be worked out. Probably AirBNB and hotels for a couple of weeks while we explore a bit, then maybe a longer-term rental.
  8. Geez, you got all that in 2 checked bags?! We will be moving down soon (hopefully in a couple of months). Yesterday I was looking at my cast iron skillet and wondering if I could work some cast iron into the luggage Friends and relatives are going to have to bring us the rest of our stuff visit by visit.
  9. Wow, interesting process. My family and I are heading down there soon and will likely try a "non-typical" approach to residency. Might need YOUR lawyer
  10. We're moving to CR this summer and hoping to be on a finca away from the crowd before long. North of Arenal sounds nice, and quiet : )
  11. Nice update. Funny, we had a Tonka once. What part of the "north" are you heading to?
  12. Stoic

    La Sele v EE UU

    It was nice to finally see some goals, and against a very good Colombia team. I was wondering if they even could score anymore.
  13. Stoic

    Moving from Nebraska Where do we Start?

    One thing you said that stood out to me is you were ready to make a big move, but you did not specifically say you were dead set on CR. I'll be moving my family to CR next year. I have a lot of friends/family there, and that's something my wife insists on having before we make such a big move. If it weren't for that, there are probably at least a dozen countries I'd find preferable. One thing you might want to do is be sure you consider how many options you have in terms of where you COULD go. You also said the only thing tying you down to the States was family. That's a good situation to be in. For me, the ability to earn enough money to support the kind of lifestyle I'm happy with is what ties me to the US. When we move to CR, I expect our income will drop to about 1/3 of what it is now. That's because we won't be able to have regular jobs in CR for a while, and even then the pay would suck, IMO. We'll be living on pretty low self-employment income. If you have the money thing down, that's a BIG deal and should make the transition much much easier.
  14. Stoic

    Help getting started for CR

    You might be able to find a company in CR that will hire you. They would handle the paperwork for your work visa. A larger company may have competent attorneys in their network who know how to navigate the system. That work visa probably would not give you any kind of residency. Probably your salary will be much, much lower than your U.S. salary. As far as your being more qualified than a Tico for a position, or less qualified, or if you have skills that others do not have, that is for the potential employer to decide, then the bureaucrats will make their determination. Realize that there are guidelines in English you will find easily enough on the internet, and then there's actual legislation in Spanish that is a little tougher to find. The stuff in English is a good starting point, and unless you speak Spanish well you should probably stick to that and then hire a good fixer to push through it. I'm talking about the traditional ways of getting temp or perm residency, not a work visa. Seeing as how you are looking to be an employee, I think your best bet is to find an employer who wants you bad enough to find a place for you. Note I am not a CR resident. Really I am just a guy looking to leave the U.S. and because of family and legislation specific to my situation Costa Rica is tops on my list.
  15. Yup, you could cover the grate with a thick piece of plastic (or metal) and silicone it to seal the smell in. You could also anchor the plastic to the box with masonry screws. Or after putting down the silicone and plastic, put something heavy on top to weigh it down. Just have to make sure the water that is supposed to go down the grate doesn't pool where you don't want it to.
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