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    Rental property in Central Valley

    Gail, Tom's advice about starting out in a B&B is really very good advice. You can find B&Bs which are well within your budgetary range and stay as long or as briefly as you need as you beging to explore the town. And while you are at the B&B you can will be test-driving the town and meeting people and trying out businesses. Then once you've made a few acquaintances you'll be able to start to ask the questions you want about where to stay longer-term and who might be a reliable and helpful agent/person for you with getting thing set up. The best thing about this way of 'starting up' in CR is by that being in a B&B that takes most of the pressure off of yout find some place in a hurry, and that in turn can allow you some welcome bargaining room during your efforts. Good luck with your upcoming advernture, Gail. Cheers! Paul M. ==
  2. What I last heard, Dana, was that if a US citizen were to go to the embassy and ask to renounce his citizenship that the embassy personnel would tell him to go home and think about it for a few days before returning and asking to formally file a request. And the filing fee that Eleanor (I believe) mentioned which is assessed has recently been hugely increased to, IIRC, somewhere between US$2K to $3K bucks! Then if your request is approved I'm almost positive that you are required to surrender your passport. You will also be assessed somethng like a 30% surcharge on all your US asssets & holdings as a penalty for renouncing your citizenship. After that, even as an ex-citizen, the IRS requires you to file taxes with them for up to ten years after your renouncement. All that sounds to me purposely off-putting on the part of the US. For me I'd have to reallyreallyrealy hate the US to renounce my citizenship (cuz I'm way too cheap to just surrender all that money to them). Anyway, that's my opinion of the whole shebang. [sigh] Regards, Paul M. ==
  3. Eleanor, Will you live long enought after renouncing your US Citizenship to not have to pay US taxes, I wonder? Many folks aren't aware that if a person renounces his or her citizenship from the US that the IRS will continue to assess taxes on the party's income for up to ten years afterwards! Also, there are significant sanctions placed on one's monetary & other assets in the US upon renouncing citizenship. That is around 30% of the value of the equity that is assessed, from what I read. A pretty big bite, that. Anyway, good luck if that is your intention. Regards, Paul M. ==
  4. Hi Dennis, The amounts you posted in your message just above . . . Are then in Dollars [$] or colones [¢] ? Just curious. Paul M. ==
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    Aplicaciones para practicar Español

    Com mucho gusto, Rodo... No vale nada la información si no la ofrecemos uno a otro! Estoy seguro que 'FiA' vaya a ayudarle mucho -y es cierto que pronto. 'French in Action' es un poquito repetetiva al principio, pero después de dos o tres episodios empieza la narativa/historia. A propósito, mis estudios de francés fueron en la universidad aquí en la Florida hace 40 años, pero de vez en cuando después de mirar este programa (FIA) siempre me da buena sorpresa qué rápido es que mi oido se agarra las palabras y el ritmo del francés. Y además es igual con el español: hay que practicar -siempre, durante toda la vida! Y es muy semejante 'Destinos' a sus principios: Después de la 2a lectura se pone el programa en tren de su historia. Creo que Lucy o qualquier persona con aun un poquito de español puede aprovecharse de ella y mejorarse la comprensión del español. ¡Buena Suerte! Paul M. ==
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    Aplicaciones para practicar Español

    Saludos Rodrigo, Gracias para aquellas sugerencias que sirven ayudar al estudiante aprender y practicar el español. No sabía nada de Duolingo pero ahora voy a investigarlo. Hay otro programa util para practicar el español que se llama 'Destinos'. Se presenta en forma de una serie de telenovelas que permiten al estudiante acostumbrarse el oido al español hablado. Cubre varios accentos mundiales en el proceso. Es para el estudiante intermedio, pero serve para alguien que tiene fuertes ganas de aprender el idioma. Y es posible mirar los episodios en línea. Se encuentra aquí: http://www.learner.org/resources/series75.html Y para Ud., Rodrigo, he aquí otro programa, también en forma de telenovela que es muy semejante a 'Destinos' para aprender el francés. Se Llama 'French in Action'. Este se ubica aquí: http://www.learner.org/resources/series83.html# Espero que esta información valga la pena . . . Hasta pronto! Paul M. ==
  7. Well, also . . . Can't lose if you don't play! ...If you get my drift. Cheers! Paul M. ==
  8. I've won twice in CR. Once years ago a chance that paid off about $4.00 US. The second time was about four years ago that paid something like $29.00 US. I think I have played CR's lottery only about five times ever. That makes for a much better return than the Florida Lottery which I played in the past more times that than I can possibly remember. ¡Pura Suerte! PM ==
  9. If it rolls over again, Nancy, I'll consider buying myself a ticket. On the news tonight they announced that the Jackpot is now up to $1.5 Billion. Wow! ¡Pura Suerte! Paul M. ==
  10. Dear Unsigned. Well the Powerball Jackpot is listed on their site this morning (JAN 12th) at $1.4 Billion! So with that much to win Jessica shoud be able to buy a couple of elections, locally anyway, and possibly have a bunch left over afterwards to play with. The jackpot is so large that the billboards along the roadways here in Florida don't have enough slots to fit the whole Jackpot amount into so they're maxed out, showing $999 Million. Haven't decided if i'm gonna buy a ticket yet, since Jessica seems primed to win, anyway. [ G ] PM ==
  11. Hey Lucy, this may be TMI, but here goes . . . . I Googled your question and this article popped up: Can You Buy Powerball Tickets Online? A Full Map Of Where To Buy Tickets, And Warning About Online Sellers http://www.inquisitr.com/2693066/can-you-buy-powerball-tickets-online-a-full-map-of-where-to-buy-tickets-and-warning-about-online-sellers/ It has the answers to some –maybe most– of your questions. Now, having read thru the article I hadn't realized that we could buy lottery tix online, which just goes to show how long it has been since I bought one here in Tampa. Also I never realized that it was a better idea to let the computer pick your numbers randomly, but it makes sense from the explanation in the article. I do recall one time a number of years back when one of the local TV stations invited a local University (USF) professor, who had a Finance & Budgeting background to explain about buying multiple lottery tickets: Did buying a whole lot of tickets increase ones chances of winning? The prof's comment was that buying two tickets did double your chances over just buying one ticket. But then she went on to explain that while your chances of winning were further increased slightly by buying up to five tickets those chances were not really much improved by buying more than five tickets. I thought that was a good thing to learn so that I wouldn't unwisely go out and spend extra dollars on extra lottery tickets that would not significantly increase my chances of winning. Now I feel glad that that interview saved me a lot misspent of dollars which would not have created a win for me. When looking back over the years I did regularly play I actually only ever won four times on 3 numbers and once on 4 numbers, and the total payout for me for those few wins was not even $100 dollars, so it seems just as well that I saved my dollars instead of buying extra tix! Still, the anticipation alone of winning big makes buying all those tickets a worthwhile excitement for a lot of people. There's many who do go out and spend some major fistfulls of bucks in that hope! ¡Buena Suerte! Paul M. ==
  12. So, Eleanor . . . . . Might it be that 'fuding' is what one's elected 'fuddy dudies' –er, officials, spend their time doing? And Rodo . . . . Thanx for te unexpected levity! Cheers! Paul M. ==
  13. Eleanor & Gentle Forums Members, If you're interested please visit the new thread that I split off after the hi-jack. It's called ISIS & CR. Regards, Paul M. Moderator ==
  14. I'm not at all fond of malls and have not patronized any here in Tampa in about three years and then only one time, to go to the Apple Store for my laptop. Nor have I been to a mall in CR since prolly 2011. (Whoops! I did go to Int'l Mall to the GNC store there once but was only in the mall about eight minutes, got what I needed and got out of there.) These new humongous shopping conglomerations may be interesting to visit once, perhaps to satisfy one's curiosity, but I've never found that I garnered much in the way of savings by shopping at them. These monster malls to me are a good reason to continue to support the local shops in town run by the little guy. The closest thing to a mall that I favor visiting would have to be something like Alajuela's Mercado Central -which is just requetelleno de puestos y tenditas belonging to small shopkeepers. Regards, Paul M. ==
  15. Gentle Forums Members, Here is another article about the new City Mall in Alajuela. This article is from the Tico Times and is in english: 5 Things You Should Know About The Newly Opened City Mall There a brief comment in the article about Sunday's flooding plus other information about the Mall and its opening. But if what Tom says is true about the notable traffic backups which he encountered yesterday when he thought he'd go check out the new mall, then it is prolly a safe bet to forego any visits until the newness of the place wears off a bit. MEANWHILE: Does anyone here know that Plaza Real, which is located in Alajuela just south of the SE corner of where eastbound Calle Ancha makes a right-turn north, will be opening a whole new section in a week or so? I haven't seen what all stores will be in it but it is apparently almost a big as the original part of the Plaza. Cheers! Paul M. ==
  16. Well maybe not completely perfect, to wit . . . Alajuela's newly opened City Mall and several nearby neighborhoods (including Baviera which is the barrio to the south the Féria del Agricultor) were flooded due to heavy rainstorms. The reason being given is that the incomplete work on the new elevated roadway supposedly caused the flooding of the mall's 2nd parking level. Here's the link to an article in spanish about it with some photos: http://www.crhoy.com/paso-a-desnivel-a-medias-provoco-inundacion-en-city-mall/ A friend wrote me to say that he hoped that the article was right about the flooding being caused by the unfinished new roadwork. My friend also wrote that the flooding episode was catching a lot of humorous flack from ticos on FB. Somebody on there commented that it was such a bargain to pay 600 colones for 3 hours of parking when a car wash was included. And someone else wrote that you could get a mud facial just by stepping outside your car and lying down. Let's hope that they finish up the road work quickly and that it will avoid any further flooding problems. (That is if El Niño doesn't insist on having his own way thru CR's holiday season.) ¡Pura Pantanal! Paul M. ==
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    ARCR Forums Upgraded and Modified Today

    Just curious, though, why bother to resurrect a four year old post? BTW, that's the same little messsage I see when I click on it, too, but it ain't the end of the world and it hasn't ever stumbled the Forums, either. Cheers! Paul M. ==
  18. Thanx Lucybelle. Comming from your tico hubby that word, rodapié is prolly the word used in CR. Let's see if Missy's experience corroborates that, as well. Cheers! Paul M. ==
  19. Missy, I looked up the word 'rodapié' in the DRAE and it seems to mean 'baseboard' (in the sense of a kickpanel or modesty panel) in english. That's close, but what you are talking about is a space that is not flush with the front of the cabinets or counter, but recessed. In this sense it could be referred to as a 'nicho' in spanish, but that's lkely not exactly right either. It could be referred to as a 'setback' (retraqueo) or a perhaps even a recess (depresión). Pehhaps rodapié en nicho might serve. All that said there is prolly an actual term in spanish for that little toe space under the counter, and the downloaded photo is going to be the best definintion of all for it! [ G ] And.... If you take the photo and show it and someone who then tells you the right spanish word (or phrase) for it, please post that word back here for those of us with enquiring minds. Regards, Paul M. ==
  20. I'd agree with Eleanor here. In such a case a picture IS worth a thousand words. I know a couple of expats who regularly would go online and download a photo of the item that they wanted to buy at the farmacia or the ferretería to take along with them to show to the clerks there. Doing so saved them fumbling around for the right word or phrase, especially with their limited spanish at the time and gererally got them the item they hneeded. Cheers! Paul M. ==
  21. And, Induna, EL DIARIO EXTRA can actually prove quite helpful for expats to improve the spanish reading levels as it is written at about a fifth-grade level. Plus the spanish in El Diario Extra is much less high-falutin' than that in La Nación and so easier to understand, those gory photos of shootings and auto accidents in it withstanding... Cheers! Paul M. ==
  22. There's always the TICO TIMES online edition. The TT Online Digest can be signed up for and is sent every weekday save for holidays in CR. The TT is the longest continually operating English-language newspaper in Central America, in operation since the mid-50s. HTH Paul M. ==
  23. No Gayle, you weren't dreaming it. Go here: http://costarica.usembassy.gov/service.html In the Left Hand sidebar click on Passport Then click on ADULT - PASSPORT RENEWAL and a dropdown window will open in which the basic requirements are shown. And when you scroll down about 3/4 of the way in that dropdown window there is a link for requesting a appointment. Click on it and there's a button to make an appointment with. HTH Paul M. ==
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    Construction with COVINTEC

    Terry has summed it up succinctly, so let's not contiune to debate this point further. This thread while it contained some interesting and even helpful advice and suggestions for some, has outlasted its usefulness. It is therefore now closed. Paul M. Moderator - -
  25. Do you believe that there will be a further appeal of this decision, BC Gal? Or is that court Canada's highest Court sand cannot be challenged? It seems to me that if the Canadian Government withholds a percentage of expats' pensions for living abroad and if they pay taxes that they should be accorded the right to vote. That's my thought here, but then I'm estadounidense, not Canadian. Regards, Paul M. ==
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