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Thank you all for your replies. We will drink the local water unless advised otherwise. Can’t wait to get there. Last time I was in Mexico I avoided the problem by just drinking beer! 😀
David, thank you for your prompt and very welcome response! Your answer was what I expected, but my wife was worried. 😆
We are very much looking forward to our visit. I said I was a “newcomer” but I actually joined this site several years ago, but haven’t visited the site for many years. My interests turned elsewhere for a while. But now I’m back! I have been reading the forum and many of the articles. Very, very informative! I’m getting very excited to come down.
John and Lil from Fresno, Ca.
Good idea. Whenever you deal with the govt, it’s a good idea to get a second opinion (third, fourth, fifth, etc.) 🙂
OK,it turns out I mis-understood her. The $1500 per month she is getting is survivor benefit only. We’re really just getting to know each other at this point!
By the way, it’s jasman (my initials are J.A.S. and I am a MAN), not “jasmine.”
Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I think I once read somewhere that for less than the cost of the premiums on an LTC (Long-Term-Care) policy in the U.S., you can hire a full-time, live-in nurse in Costa Rica. Is that correct?
Of course, if you set up a website, people in most parts of the country would be able to order them online. I’ll bet the majority of Expat retirees have computers.
Exactly where does one obtain all-natural, non-GM seeds these days? I’m sure there must be a reliable source. Care to share that information? Please?
I just found this site, that lists suppliers of natural seeds by state/country. None in Costa Rica, alas.
Gotta love google!
Maravilla, I would still like your input of course.
Edited on May 17, 2006 12:13
“Common Sense” is my favorite oxymoron. Common it ain’t.
When I find it I will know.
Steve, since I like a moderate climate, enjoy “small town” type of living, while having easy access to the advantages of the city, I have decided to use Heredia as a home-base when I explore Costa Rica. Any of the smaller towns around the Central Valley, within a half-hour bus ride to San Jose, would work just as well. I am going to take MANY vacations to Costa Rica before I actually move there, probably two weeks to a month at a time, and that will give me the opportunity to do a lot of “touristing” while also scouting for locations to settle. That’s my plan. That may or may not work for you.
That’s the way numbers are expressed in Costa Rica. The commas and periods are reversed. What we would write as $1,825.42 would be written in Costa Rica as $1.825,42.
And, of course, m2 means square meters.
Edited on Apr 27, 2006 14:31
Do you post as “nimbus” on the ARCR board? That person posted a message yesterday asking about expat demographics. There’s nothing wrong with that. I’m curious about the stats too.
Many, many times I have seen messages from people who say, basically, “I want to buy property in Costa Rica and then move there.” To me, this seems like a bass-ackwards approach. I think the smart thing to do is to move to Costa Rica, rent a house or apartment for a year or two, and during that time explore areas where you would like to live permanently, do all the research and “due diligence” stuff, and THEN buy the property. It’s a lot easier to do all of that when you’re in-Country, rather than trying to do it in absentia while living somewhere else.
Never, never buy property from an internet or TV ad, or pay any money for anything you haven’t personally seen.
Edited on Apr 27, 2006 12:45
I also read in the Tico Times last December that they are planning to re-establish commuter train service between Heredia and San Jose. This should happen some time this summer.
I would say definitely get the Latin American version. Not only is the pronunciation significantly different, but a lot of the vocabulary and idiom are very different.