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About settleincostarica

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  • Birthday 07/16/1967
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  2. I think there are as many reasons as Costa Ricans! But I think some people receive job offers to work and are able to obtain work visas. Some of them work and live in the States part of the year, and then spend part of the year in Costa Rica. Others come as students. Many do eventually move back to CR though.
  3. Laura, ..oh, you're so welcome...! ....Always so nice to speak with and a pleasure to see you on the boards
  4. Hi Laura! Thank you for the b'day wishes back a while ago! - didnt PM back as for some reason PM didn't work for me at the time. I think it may be that traditionally, Costa Ricans, when looking northward to resettle (as an alternative to Western Europe, where many also have gone in the past to study) have either looked at L.A. or New York. Historically, New York City and environs have been a job creation engine and have been at the economic center for new immigrants with its neighborhoods, shops, and gateway status (think Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island). The growth of important cities like Atlanta, just to name one, is relatively recent. Bayonne is very close to Manhattan (30 min) and so in NJ in general. NJ has been an economically strong state in general too. Right here in Jersey, there's a number of towns with a substantial numober of Costa Ricans. Somerville, Bound Brook, just to name a few.
  5. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for remembering!!

    Are your plans still to move in 2 years?

    I'm going the month of september -- can't wait!


  6. Happy 43rd birthday, Carlos.

  7. So you traded Father Knows Best and Mayberry for Feminazism and the relationship tanked? Strange.
  8. Hi Laura, Yep. Well said! There's a billboard that always gets my attention, it's on the side of the road as you head towards the Curridabat Muni building, coming from the highway from Cartago and Dos Cercas de Desampa: "El divorcio no es la solución, es el problema!" Carlos
  9. Hey, some pretty good links there...the 'residency blog' one looks pretty good. Good job! Carlos J.C.
  10. Hi Laura, sounds great. By then the new hospital that will be built in center city Heredia might be completed (or might not! - the projected completion is December '09). It will be a public hospital and supposedly will be well-equipped and modern (35,000 sq. meters of construction). Carlos
  11. Hi CRF, Thank you for welcoming me! I realized earlier I never formally introduced myself. I think that out of enthusiasm I just started posting after recently discovering this great place. I looked and didn't find a particular subforum or thread specifically for introductions. Indeed! Cartago is very well known for veggies! (yum..yum!) Especially potatoes, which is why in Costa Rica if you are from Cartago you are affectionately known as a "papero" My son is a "paperito" himself! And let me tell you, I can recall many white-knuckle moments driving at night in the rainy season in and around the neighborhoods in the center when even at 5 or 10 mph, and even with a good defogger going, visibility was zilch! Talk about getting by on a wing and a prayer! On more than one occasion, I actually had to turn back home, much to the chagrin of my family! The craving for our favorite soda can wait 'til daytime!
  12. I live in Heredia and before that, lived in Cartago (and in San José before that). As you travel east from San José to Cartago, anything east of Currdibat you will get considerable rain in the rainy season. Curridabat is known somewhat affectionately as "cielo roto" ("broken sky") because of how often it does rain. Cartago is likewise much more humid than either San José or Heredia. Cartago is known as the "Ciudad de las Brumas" ("Misty City") because of the fog that has always descended from the peaks (Irazú). Years ago, they used to have the farmers' market in the Parque Las Ruinas (park in city center, where the ruins are) and you sometimes could barely see the produce some mornings, shrouded in cold fog). Orosí and the Valley is indeed wetter. Never lived in Turrialba, but the rains tend to be mostly downpours whereas in Cartago you have many "cat hair" showers, a fine rain that will last an afternoon.Turrialba was once classified by the Ministry of Education as a "Zona Tórrida" (Torrid Zone) and paid teachers extra to go and teach there. According to many, though, Turrialba as a city has many amenities. I currently live in Heredia and couldn't be happier. It is drier than San José and considerably drier than anything east of San José. Carlos
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