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  1. the only thing I know of that several friends do is to hire a caretaker - make sure (1) they are honest and reliable and (2) you have a written contract with them w/ pay and duties stated, drawn up by a lawyer
  2. even if you've never been there, this could make you homesick for Louisiana, and the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area:
  3. a tica friend showed me all her decorations, and where each had come from (multiple generations back), and which were going to which of her children eventually
  4. a friend made tamales w/ her neighbor - took 6 hrs for 100, all the way from picking the banana leaves to steaming the tamales. Her half of the cost was c3.000. :-)
  5. If you like those categories, you should check out expat-blog. I personally detest that organization, because so much of what I post and read are not region specific. Also (on that site), it is awful trying to navigate - click up, down, around, check all the separate sections. ugh. I also don't pay any attention to the tags...
  6. the bank to exchange old for new is the central bank - it is near the central post office in SJ - has all those statues of "ordinary people" in front of it
  7. we searched and searched for the equivalent of an open mic - no luck. you basically have to depend on collecting musician friends for jams/private parties. Joe Anello is a drummer, and plays regularly (Sundays) at a place outside of Grecia - can't remember the name just now - anyone else remember?
  8. de una tica de facebook: ¿Alajuela? Alajuela es algo así este fin de semana... Viernes: 7:00. Los de la Bajura en el parque Juan. 7:30. Cantata con el grupo Cantares en la UTN. Sábado: 12:30. Poás Adentro en el Museo Juan. 2:00 Visita guiada por el Museo. 7:00 Cantata (por si se la perdió) en el Teatro Municipal. Domingo: Juan Cuentacuentos a las 11:00 y a la 1:00 en el Museo Juan. 7:30 Cuentos de Tiquicia en el Museo Juan.
  9. every oven I have ever had in CR had lousy calibration - an oven thermometer helped. Gas ovens (mine, that is) kept a fairly constant temperature, but cookies are particularly susceptible to too hot/cold temperatures.
  10. Blogs are VERY different than "informational websites"! "Blog" is short for Web-log, so by definition, a LOG. You should never expect that someone will go back and change what they recorded in that present. HOWEVER, a website that says it provides information about something definitely should be kept up. In the absence of that, it should at least have some sort of disclaimer about what date it was current.
  11. I mentioned the "mae" thing to a bunch of Tico friends, and they all said "no, not just a guy thing - girls use it just about as much" These were mostly 20 and 30 somethings
  12. yay! hope to see you then! We stayed at a B&B in Grecia, but it was several years ago - it was only a block or two from the central park, had a very nice common area.
  13. If you are only going to visit Costa Rica (even if it is for say, 3-5 months per year), there is no reason to apply for residency. If you want to make a full-time life here, that is another story, in my view. If the time ever comes that (1) you want to live here full time, or (2) the laws change so much that they no longer accommodate this type of visiting, then re-consider. You are not showing any disrespect simply by making a long, periodic visit. To give yourself a little more peace of mind, call ARCR directly, and ask specifically about how the new law/regulations affect your situation. The staff there has been digesting the regulations for several months now, and should be able to tell you if anything has changed re: tourist visas.
  14. legally, yes - you can do it. practically? probably. But you have to be prepared for the risk - you may not always get 90 days, and you have no "right" to a visa at all.