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  1. Hmmm... I think I'd rather stand in line than have blood drawn! But then again, they took out all the chairs at our branch, so I may reconsider! Well, they still have chairs if you're waiting for the platforma. We don't usually have urgent business to conduct, so if there's a long line, in most cases we can return another day. The same goes for the post office. Some days there's nobody in line, and other days, I turn around and leave. One place I never mind waiting is the bakery!!
  2. Think about where you are going to live and what banks are in that area. To reference David Murray's statement about Banco Davivienda, if they have no branches near you, it would make no sense (in my humble opinion) to open an account with them. Our former neighbor didn't like the long lines at our local bank, so he joined another bank 45 minutes away. I am not willing to drive that far to conduct business with a bank unless I absolutely have to.
  3. Yes, the first account we opened we were restricted to $1000/month. The second account, $1500. But before our residency applications were approved (and I'm talking 1 1/2 years), we were allowed to up the ante to $5000/month. So we didn't have our cedulas yet.
  4. Kim, we got all our documents apostilled in the States before we left. I don't know if you can even do it here. The Embassy might be able to do that, but I don't know. You'd have to call them. Also, we got our wire transfers set up before we left, too. We had to do that in the States with our bank. They sent us PIN numbers in the mail. My best advice to you is to consult with ARCR as far as residency. We used ARCR to get our residency, and I used them to help me get my CR driver's license. In my opinion, it was money well spent. I would call your U.S. bank to see if you can set up wire transfers from here, but I am thinking you probably will have to return to the States to do that.
  5. Well, when I clicked on that supposedly working link, it did not work. I got a message that clearly stated there was no such link, or entry, or whatever.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  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. 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. They should be standing. At least that's what was written on the box. We kept our original box for our move here.
  15. 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?
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
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