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Ooohhh! So does this mean availiblitiy & coverage for unlocked iPhones? Anyone using one there now with success?
Thank you for the quick reply! It’s good to know that there are artists in CR who are making a good living! (Yea Artists!) I have yet to meet with an immigration attorney. I will probably do so in the next few months when I do a serious rendezvous with the university. It’s interesting that you mention starting an art gallery… My personal life goal is to have a latin-american art collection that rivals Charles Saatchi! Sounds like that is a great possibility in CR.
BTW, I always try to pick up a piece of work (or three!) while I’m there. If you can recommend any places for local art it would be appreciated. Some of my favorite places for aquiring art in CR are the contemporary museum (was totally shocked when they gave me the contact info of one of their artists without charging a commission) and San Jose Volando, the little zine of things to do in CR (found a great Cuban artist doing social realism!). I also purchased a beautiful watercolor from a guy off the street behind the Gran- lovely!
Fingers crossed! Thanks anyway!
Well that is good news for us folks of modest means. DCM to answer your question, my husband will continue to create and sell art, we will live modestly from the interest income from our savings, and eventually I hope to find a job applying my PhD in economics at an NGO in CR.
I’m not sure if living in Costa Rica is a pipe dream for my husband and me, but I am a bit shocked and dismayed to read that this forum is not for all kinds of people who may consider moving to CR. I read one post that pointed out CR problems of pollution, and children having to copy from scholl books because there were not enough to go around. I would like to point out that this is also the case in some public schools in Seattle, WA and most schools in Hattiesburg, MS. I have seen poverty in Mississippi that I believe is equal to (or in some cases worse than) that of CR (at least Ticos have access to basic medical).
I think it is great that a young couple is enjoying thier lives (regardless of where they are) and as a young person, I hope that I will be able to do the same in CR soon. I don’t have a bunch of money, my husband is an artist and I am a student, we own a small cafe in Mississippi, and would have to sell our home and business in order to make the move, but I’m not going to let all that stop me from moving to the one place that felt like home to me. If that means that I have to do without some of the material comforts in order to gain the comfort of living in a fair, stable country, with political & social views that are more in tune with my own, then so be it.
I just hope there will be some expats in CR to greet me who are less concerned with my financial status and more concerned with how much we both love our new home!
Also, check out the drive me loco website forum about other people bringing thier dogs across the borders. I’m in a similar situation (I have two large dogs and plan to drive from the US to CR, although fairly quickly!) but I was also concerned about the 10 day paperwork. Also, the CR embassy in the US was able to provide me with some good information over the phone. Youmay want to chck wiith them as well. All in all it seems if one carries enough money to palm the border official everything should be A-okay! Good luck!
Hi I’m glad someone else brought up this question. My husband and I just purchased a 2008 Ford Explorer (wanted a toyota FJ but the prices for Ford were just too good to be true!) so that we could drive from Mississippi to Costa Rica. Anywho, last time I was there I saw a few Fords on the road, does anyone on this forum have one? Can you tell me what repairs & parts costs are like?
Thanks for all the great info. Sounds like for what I need I should be looking at reinforced concrete. Unfortunately, (or fortunately depending on how one looks at it) yes my husband does need that much space. He works in metal and fiberglass, and does some acrylic painting as well. We were not planning to live in a gated community (trying to get away from that sort of living) and we’ve been looking at a few places on the outskirts of Poas for land to buid on. I’m planning to do mmy masters at INCAE and although they provide on campus housing, I’m too attached to my dogs to give them just to finish a two year degree (they are my babies!). In addition, my husband still needs to work as that will be our only source of income while we are there!
Again, thanks to eveyone who provided their advice. It’s really great to find a friendly forum when making such a huge life decision!
So, do you think I would have better luck building in native materials (ie. masonry)? Also, that much for concrete seems expensive compared to where I live (Mississippi). Any one have an idea of the average cost per sq ft for poured concrete? Or maybe I should be looking at something pre-existing….seems like it would be diffcult to find.