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Everything posted by SEATURTLEWOMAN

  1. I was in the Cobano post office today. They now have "Libre" stickers on all the boxes that are available. I counted more than 20 stickers.
  2. James. you gave me a good chuckle with your comment about Ticos mumbling. I remember when we first started studying with our Spanish tutor, she mentioned that Ticos use a lot of slang, and she said that sometimes she has a hard time understanding her friends BECAUSE THEY MUMBLE!!! Of course, our reaction was, if she has a hard time understanding some of them, how will we ever be able to understand what they're saying? But we know how to ask someone to repeat what they said and to speak slowly, so that helps. My hubby backed our car into a culvert creating $2000 worth of damage to the car. We were on our way to SJO, flying out the next day. At the time of the accident, we didn't know where we were, so we didn't call INS to report it. We did call our insurance agent once we got to San Jose to let him know what had happened. He told us we'd have to file a report after we got back from the States. Upon doing so, he said we had a slim chance of getting our claim approved since we didn't report it initially. But much to our surprise, INS approved it and paid for all the repairs. Our car was in the shop for 1 month, and it took about that long for them to approve our claim. While being carless, we would make the 20 minute walk to the bus stop and then take a taxi home with all our goodies. Once we rented a car for 2 days. When you rely on a car to get around, it's really a pain to do without, especially when you live in the boonies. But my hubby also hitched a ride with a neighbor sometimes as most of them knew we were without a car.
  3. James, we never put our car in a corporation, but we do have our real estate in one. We bought car insurance through INS so saw no need to go the corporation route. As far as the IRS goes, it is no big deal owning a corporation here. You have to file Form 5471 reporting a foreign corporation. It was a pain for our tax guy the first time he filled the form out as he had never done it before, but it's just a matter of reporting and nothing else. I assume that if you are making money through a corporation, that is a different matter.
  4. They have boxes available. What they don't have is the keys! When we got ours 3 years ago, they told me to come back in 2 weeks for the key. At the time we were only here on vacation, so I objected. Funny how a key miraculously appeared then and there. But you don't really need a box to get mail. You can have your mail addressed to you in care of the correos in Cobano. It's just that when you do it that way, you won't know when a package has arrived for you. Even if your phone number is listed on the package, they don't always call you. We have friends who do it this way, but they only have stuff sent that is trackable so they can track when it has arrived at the post office. But since you have a friend with a box, yes, you can use her box number.
  5. While I don't like the new format, I rarely comment on there anymore because I find the discussions to be not very interesting. There are also too many political rantings, in my humble opinion.
  6. The only problems we had were with the tractor trailer driver. He got lost and couldn't find us, which was easily rectified. Then he didn't have a seal for the trailer, and then he left without giving us the paperwork. But we caught up with him and got the papers. He had told us he was semi-retired, but both my husband and I agreed that he should have been completely retired! It all worked out in the end. When our stuff was ready to be delivered to our house here, we weren't ready. The house wasn't finished. So, Charlie kept everything in his warehouse at no charge for about 10 extra days. And we were very happy with the delivery guys on this end.
  7. We lived outside of Philadelphia. His contact in FL had the container delivered to our storage units. We had to hire local movers to load the truck. Then the driver drove our stuff to Newark where it was loaded onto a ship.
  8. We used Charlie to ship a 40 foot container here. We were very pleased with his services. Everything arrived intact. Nothing was broken or missing. Should we ever move back to the States, we wouldn't hesitate to use him again.
  9. My hubby said to just enjoy the monkeys and hummingbirds to get my mind off of things. I am so embarrassed at the results, but here's hoping he does well. There's nothing we can do about it. So sad.
  10. I agree with you, Eleanor. People say they will leave, but once they look into it, they won't. There's too much involved with an international move.
  11. We had our house built last year on the Nicoya peninsula. Our builder lives on the peninsula, but he mainly builds in the San Jose area.
  12. Eco Casas builders

    Our friend down the street has an all wood house. Last year when her daughter was here, they were sitting at the table when it started to rain termites on their heads. I was there a couple of days after that, and the termites were still falling. Yuck!
  13. Hmmm, our attorney said the opposite. She said you have to dissolve an unwanted corporation yourself, that it will not just go away.
  14. Durphym, This is in response to your question about a P.O. Box. I am unable to respond to your original post. I don't understand why you don't just open a PO box at the Cobano post office. I realize this is a trip from Montezuma, but if you're like me, you won't get too much mail anyway. I only check my box every 1 or 2 weeks. It is fast and easy to obtain a box. You have to show them your passport and give them the money. I forget what it costs to get a box. It's a little more expensive the first time around. Then when it's time to renew a year later, it's a tad bit cheaper.
  15. They should be standing. At least that's what was written on the box. We kept our original box for our move here.
  16. This is probably not what you want to hear, but here goes. Years ago we bought an unlocked Nokia phone for here. It worked fine for phone calls but wasn't that great for emails or texts. It was ok and did its job since all we wanted it for at the time was phone calls. Six months ago my husband started using it while I was using my IPhone. He hated the Nokia, so when we went back to the U.S. for 10 days, he insisted on buying himself an IPhone. He absolutely loves it, and I love my Iphone. His is a 6; mine is a 4. We are not Zombies and do not walk around the streets staring at our phone. That would be suicidal, especially in this country! But having said that, I know plenty of people who have and like Nokias. But I've never asked them if they text, email, and use Whatsapp on their phones. My hubby has that particular app on his phone and loves it. I do not have it. He uses it all the time to contact his friends. I'm sure someone else on this forum can tell you what's so great about it because I just don't know. By the way, my first cell phone was the candy bar style. I absolutely loved it. All I ever used it for was calling. The same goes for my next phone, which was a flip phone. The IPhone is my third phone, and it took forever to get me to text on it. Yes, I did it kicking and screaming 'cause I consider myself a dinosaur. But once I discovered its many functions - did you know you can actually send a video message on it? - I was hooked! (But I'm still not a zombie!! )
  17. I thought I saw on the Embassy website a place where you can make an appointment for passport renewal, but now I can't find it. Was I just dreaming this up?? Or do you have to call for your appointment? I realize it varies, but on average how long does it take to get an appointment?
  18. That's a good question. CAN you pay your utilities directly using a credit card? We haven't been here that long, but everyone I know pays via their bank account. I've also seen the sign at stores that say you can pay there.
  19. Has anyone else heard of the supposed 4th of July protest to be held by some residents of St. Teresa? They are fed up with the condition of the road leading to Mal Pais and St. Teresa, and rightfully so. Supposedly they are going to block access to the ferry as well as the road leading into Cobano. This could occur as early as the first of July. My hubby and I were advised to make sure our car has gas and that we have enough food since trucks won't be able to make it onto the peninsula. I had to chuckle a little at that advise. It reminded me of living in the States and at the first hint of snow, there would be a run on the grocery stores and milk and bread would fly off the shelves. Well, tomorrow we actually have a meeting with 2 people from S.T., so I'll ask them what's cooking.
  20. Eleanor, I'm on the peninsula. I was told that the Naranjo ferry is working but that the road to it is also blocked. I haven't been able to verify that. Yes, you can indeed get to San Jose by going the long way 'round. I just thought it would be nice for people to know that the road to Paquera is blocked. Some, like me, don't know the back roads and don't have a GPS. I can look at my map as I have done in the past and hope for the best. But I don't have to go to San Jose this week, so I don't have to figure out the long way 'round. At least, not yet! Maybe I should start thinking about that though!! But the other thing is the trucks with supplies that use the ferry can't make it to the stores here. As of yesterday the grocery stores were emptying out (according to one friend), and the lines at the gas stations were long (according to another friend.) And we were without power for over 24 hours. So things compound. Anyway, when we go to Cobano tomorrow I'll see what the situation there is like in the stores. The bottom line is some people are going to be inconvenienced by all this, but it's not the end of the world, right? And maybe, just maybe, that awful road will end up getting paved. Pura vida!
  21. Yes, our guy knows the back roads from S.T., so he made it here for our meeting this morning. And right after the meeting we ran into 3 people who drove here from Colorado. They had hoped to head back to San Jose today but, of course, can't. A local business owner showed us a picture of a big pile of dirt with branches on top on the road leading to Paquera. The latest rumor is this protest is supposed to go on for 2 more days. We were also told that 2 years ago the court ordered the road to Mal Pais/St. Teresa be paved.
  22. The road from St. Teresa to Cobano was closed today, so our meeting was cancelled. Hopefully it will happen tomorrow. I don't know why it was closed. It could be due to the storm we had last night and the power being out, but that's just a guess on my part.
  23. One thing I didn't mention is that a representative from MOPT is supposed to meet with the community some time this week, and my understanding is that if things don't go well, the protest will happen. My hubby asked exactly how would they manage to block the road, and the reply was that they would chainsaw a tree and let it block the road. Well, conjectures are fine. We'll see what happens, and if our guys tomorrow know anything, I'll report back!
  24. Newbie here

    Well, they don't let just any pets in the cabin. Years ago when we were planning our move, we still had turtles. They aren't allowed to fly in the cabin. I guess it's 'cause all of the noise they make!! Actually, I was at a zoo many moons ago when 2 tortoises were mating. They were so loud, you could hear them grunting all over the zoo! But my turtles were very quiet - very prim and proper!!
  25. Newbie here

    You have to check with your airline for your particular flight. They only allow so many pets in the cabin on each flight. And make sure you get a carrier that fits under the seat.