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  1. Good point, CRF. I forgot to mention that earlier. The accounts for water, power, and telephone are very likely going to be in someone else's name, though. One just pays them monthly and life goes on. In my apartment building, the landlady has Internet and a router, so Internet service & cable is included in my rent at no extra charge. That may not be the case in other rental situations and so the renter there may have to apply for those services him- or herself. HTH Paul M. ==
  2. If you read Roger Petersen's LEGAL GUIDE TO COSTA RICA, in the chapter about rentals you will find 'unfurnished' defined as 'completely unfurnished', i.e., literally wthout anythng except the kitchen sink, a pila (usually, for the maid), and the several bathrooom fixtures (toilet, sink, & 'suicide' shower). Unfurnished also generally implies without drapes and even without lightbulbs! That was the way my apartment was when I first rented it. And even unfurnished as it was, that allowed me to set it up it the way I wanted to, which I did slowly starting with the most needed stuff. Took me about three years to get it exactly the way I wanted it. You may feel that's a long time and well, maybe yes, but by not rushing it gave me time to eventually locate the items I wanted. Best of all now if/when I ever decide to move, all that stuff in there is mine and comes along with me to the next apartment or house, so I'm essentially set to go. I cannot, of course, remove and take those things that are permanently affixed like the grab bars I put in (HEY! - Ceramic tile can be slippery when wet!), and the on-demand water heater installed for the kitchen sink. ¡Pura Alquilarse! Paul M. ==
  3. Mornin' CRL, From what has been posted here in the past it's the status/age of the principal applicant that determines whether the pension portion is paid. So the spouse and any dependent children fall under the umbrella of the primary applicant's CAJA affiliation. HTH Paul M. ==
  4. That is not what I would call affordable, at least not for me, yet with my BC of FLA and Medicare A & B premiums I'm paying around $380.00 per month just for myself. At least with Medicare I stopped having to pay all but a couple co-payments, which was a significant saving. I'm still miffed at having to pay for CAJA every month when it is unlikely I'll ever use it. It's more practical for me in CR to walk in off the street and pay out of pocket for care at private clinics, at least so far it has been. I actually prefer a walk-in/ out-of-pocket arrangement to CAJA. I wouldn't complain about CAJA for emergency trauma, heart attack, etc. though, and would expect to pay for it if I had to use it for that. OK - EOW* Cheers! Paul M. == * End Of Whine
  5. Mark, South Beach is in the SE area of Miami which puts it close to an hour from FLL (i.e., Fort Lauderdale). There are many local motels near the airport and of course there's the airport hotel in FLL. Don't know the cost for a romm there, though. Mark, try a Google search for 'motels near FLL' if you haven't. I did that and got a over a dozen hits. Four of them are just outside the airport main entrance with another eight or so a little further north of FLL. A few of those that popped up are in the $60 range and I'm sure there is one that's acceptable to your needs very close by to FLL. Anyway, if the price is right and the proximity is close enough, then several of those nearby motels will serve your needs. If you want nightlife or a good restaurant, from what I have seen there's nice stuff close by via taxi, if you're not overly picky. Buena Suerte! Paul M. ==
  6. Nothing mystic about that at all.... Do you suppose that it might've just been a late nite typo? Or I could blame my laptop's keyboard (which I tend to have typing trouble with and definitely dislike at certain times). Anyhow it's finally fixed. Hopefully you are suitably de-miff-stified by the correction and by the 'dry' humor. Cheers! (With tongue back in cheek!) Paul M. ==
  7. Jai, Those problems are solved if you come during the rainy season: You will fiind that the no-see-ums all mostly drown; the mosquitoes, well they're always around so find an area of the country to live up near the mountains where there is less standing water for them to breed in ergo fewer mosquitoes; the dust all washes away and what doesn't turns to mud and the roads seem to smooth out cuz you can no longer see the potholes because the rainstorms fill them up so you don't-see-um! (Remember the pothole ['hueco'] is the national animal of Costa Rica.) Mold, well you just have to keep after it tho sometimes an electric fan or a dehumidifier can help to control it. (This goes a long way towards understanding why ticos build their houses to maximize airflow thru them: It helps to lower the humidity inside and take advantage of the drier, breezy air movement during the generally sunny mornings.) Just sayin', ya know . . . [Tongue-in-cheek, but pretty much true.] Cheers! Paul M. ==
  8. She'd better not go back to NC right ow. Hurricane Arthur was just passsing thru yesterday. Arthur was upgraded to a Cat. 2 'cane late last night. Haven't checkked the weather this morning yet. Hope there wasn't much damage. The Weather Channel and others were all keeping a watchful eye on Arthur last night when I turned off the telly and went to sleep. Fingers X-ed! Paul M. ==
  9. Jessica, I have found that hydrogen peroxide works great just the way you described above. Another thing that it will remove beautifully are chocolate stains from clothing/fabric. When you pour a bit of peroxide onto a chocolate stain it will rinse it right out of the fabric seemingly as if it were water soluble! Well that is if you haven't left the stain to sit for hours on the fabric long enought for it to thoroughly dry out. If the stain has been allowed to mostly dry then the peroxide will still get most of it out but you'll have to use some 'stain stick' on the spot when you wash the item. Usually the rest of the stain will come out after being run through the washer. (Using some OxyClean powder -or an equivalent product found in CR- usually will be the most effective in the washer to finish removing the chocolate stain.) Cheers! Paul M. ==
  10. Jessica & Gayle, I'm wondering whether rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol is one of the items included on the prohibited list for airline transport. It would seem that alcohol would be a 'no-no' item since it's a flammable liquid. Or maybe it just got overlooked in your luggage. Regards, Paul M. == PS - I cannot locate the excluded list; maybe CRF still has a link to it . . . ==
  11. CRF, How well we who've been in CR for a long a while know how items come and go in the grocery stores. Granted it's lots easier now than it was ten to fifteen years ago to find many things that used to be next to impossible to find back then. Still what we learned way back then was that there were items in CR which were equivalent to or very close to the items we were familiar with from back home -if we were willing to explore the grocery shelves a bit. Even so even today you cannot count on certain items always being available -like your pickle relish- and while those certain thngs may show up periodically on CR grocery shelves, but just as likely they may disappear from those same shelves for who can guess how long! There's a sort of philosophy that has developed in CR whereby when folks find a certain sought after item has suddenly shown up in some store or other they will buy multiple units of that item before it disappears once more. We've also seen it happen -which I'm sure CRF can attest to- that when some desired item shows up, the word quickly goes out by phone and/or internet to one's acquaintances within the expat community that that item was seen in such and such a grocery store. (Of course the person reporting the appearance fo the item has very likely already made their own haul of the item.) Así es tiquicia . . . Cheers! Paul M. ==
  12. CRF, Not sure if the relish you are wanting is Hentz or what but there are any number of faux (or copy-cat) recipes for pickle relish online, such as the one at this link: http://www.food.com/recipe/sweet-pickle-relish-130781 It looks like all the ingredients in the above recipe are available in CR. And if that doesn't tantalize your tastebuds, do a search for keywords 'heinz sweet pickle relish copycat recipe', with or without the word 'heinz' and there are a number of other faux recipes that come up. You may be able to use one of those recipes and be able to make your own relish at home avoiding any need for traipsing all the way to Chepe. Of course all the above is if you are so inclined to make your own relish at home. HTH Paul M. ==
  13. David, Orlando, served by JetBlue as Jessica mentions above, is a good shopping area with lots of everything closeby. But as a tourist mecca it'll be more expensive for lodging unles you can find a nice little local independent (Mom 'N Pop) motel somewhere. And if you don't sty IN Orlando proper you will surely need to rent a car. Panama City is an international hub and one can find lots of electronics, computers, etc. there at much cheaper prices than CR. It might be worth estimating the duties that would be assessed if you expect to be bringing back goods in an amount worht in excess of US$500. And it might be worth flying to PTY which might minimize the requirements being asked foor at the border crossings. Also check and see if Naturair or Sansa is offering flights to Panama from CR. I think there are some seasonal ones that go to David, in Panama which is a large enough city to be likely to have an aceptable selection of electronics, etc. at attractive prices. Just some thoughts for you. Cheers! Paul M. ==
  14. HI CRF, I remember going to the pharmacy (dispensary) at Juan de Díos Hósp. in SJ when I had a small infected bite on my ankle years ago. The pharmacist gave me a small tube of back ointment (Ichthymol or similar) that he said everyone used in CR for that sort of thing. It was nasty looking stuff but it worked well, just as he had said it would. So boiling this down to the essentials: I'd go talk to the pharmacist at the main farmacia in your area to see what they recommend using. BTW, what have you tried using so far, that didn't work so that we don't recommend those same things? HTH Paul M. ==
  15. Best of luck relocating back north Lucy! Hope you will give us your perspectives on re-integrating into los EEUU. Hope your esposo might be kind enough to provide us with some of his perspectives on integrating into the US. Hope your transfer goes off without a hitch! Paul M. ==
  16. Wow! First I've heard of this. Thanx for alerting us to the new policy! That is something the every (secret) gringo tourist to the island should be aware of. Regards, Paul M. ==
  17. UPDATE: Thanks to DanaJ for providing us with information about this upcoming sale of Shea's art supplies and related items: Hello: Artist, good friend to those who knew her, gourmet cook, and the eternally optimistic Shea Dutton died last week. She endured relentless pain and seemingly endless medical issues over her battle with rheumatoid arthritis and consequent related health issues. She moved from California to Atenas, Costa Rica to seek more affordable health care. She moved to Tibas two years ago in order to be in the Hospital Mexico region for medical care. People who knew Shea will remember her kindness, her unassuming nature and especially her optimism and hope for the future. Her special gift was to see beyond philosophical differences and build friendships among an interesting variety of people. Shea left behind enough art supplies to start a store. A sale of these art supplies, art related books and finished works of Shea will be on sale this Saturday, June 7 from 8:00 AM to Noon. Proceeds from this sale will pay her medical and funeral expenses. This is a perfect time to honor the artist Shea and to fuel the artist within yourself. Partial list of items for sale (cash only): Canvases ranging in size from 8X10 to 30X40; 2 sets of pastels + set of oil pastels; sketch books and journals; artists lamps (clip on + floor); 2 boards for plein air sketching and painting; glass paint; gouache and watercolor sets; enamel paint for glass or ceramics; acrylic paint set; oil paint set; individual tubes and bottles of acrylic and oil paint; fimo to make beads, etc.; sets of brushes for oil, acrylic and watercolor; individual artist brushes; set of aqua flow brushes (great for plein air- fill the brush with water and eliminate the water pan!); heat set artists oils + heat set gun; small and large wooden + metal easels; 7 plastic palettes; rolling art supply caddy; Adobe graphic arts program for Mac; 2 rolls of transfer paper; electric scissors; set of 6 drawing pencils in case by Cretacolor; set of 12 watercolor pencils in case by Cretacolor; paint and ink markers; metal leaf sheets; coral and glass beads, thin wire, etc. for jewelry making; brush caddies; artist sponges; magnifying glass; books on drawing, watercolor, oil painting, art history and various artists; for folk or tole painting: 3 complete sets of 160 tubes of paint in wire rack; individual tubes and bottles of tole paint; small rotating table easel for tole painting; tons of books, magazines, tear sheets and DVD’s on tole painting projects and techniques PLUS finished works by Shea Dutton. Directions to sale: The sale will be held at the home of her good friends Linda and Bruce. Coming from Atenas center, turn left at the “Y” by the big Boyero Monument. Turn left onto the first street marked Villa Margarita in Los Angeles de Atenas. Third house before the end on the left side. Phone: 2446-0542 Note: A sale of Shea’s household items will be held the following Saturday, June 14 from 8:00 AM to Noon at the same location.
  18. Hello Vicki, If you're gonna do that why not ask some really good, on-topic questions to see if we're able to answer them! Cheers! Paul M. Forums Moderator ==
  19. Lucy, FWIW, if you will refer back to my first post to this topic and read the final line of text (below the imbedded video) in the post, that is essentially what I said right off the bat, so we're not in disagreement, you and I, on that point. Later, Paul M. ==
  20. Thanx for that link, ciclista. Looks like all the ticos posting replies there, and also on the YouTube page for the video, are de acuerdo with 'TicoPromedio'. Paul M. ==
  21. Thanx Ciclista, Your take is pretty much my take on the 'average' situation in tiquicia, too. It think it is a good thing that those who produced the video have in the process presented some of the unpleasanter aspect of tico culture and mores. I hope you will watch the rest of the video and comment on it when you've seen it all. Regards, Paul M. ==
  22. The person (a friend of mine) who shared the video with me, Lucy, is a long-time resident of Costa Rica -since 1972. I started visiting in 1976 and both he and I have watched the gradual changes in CR take place, with it going from a peaceful, friendly society to something less-so in many ways. The video in question sums up those changes he and I have noticed happeneing over the intervening years, making the reportage all the more poigniant to us by the fact that is was produced by concerned Costa Ricans, many of the professional in their fields. Regards, Paul M. ==
  23. Mornin' Tom, I am kust a bit curious to know... If you have not watched this video then how can you carte blanche pronounce that it were made by, or not made by ticos? Secondly, if you have not watched t all it you can't really know whether it is or is not what it says it's cracked up to be. I did watch it and find that it is very well produced and professionally done. Once you have watched it all the way through (if you do) then let me know if your opinion changes. And lastly I cannot quite fathom why there is such resistance to this video and the insistence that it is some 'typical piece of unqualified slop' sort of video'. I'm wonering whether there might be any other Forums members' opinions out there to add a little more perspective to this video. Regards, Paul M. ==
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