Life in…

This section is intended to be about our experiences in the natural jungle. About the various critters, most of which we never even imagined existed, let alone come to see with our very eyes; the extreme weather conditions to which one is periodically exposed; the sometimes more than temporarily loss of everyday, basic needs (or at least as we think in the 21st Century) such as electricity and water. Access to your property is not always a slam dunk, either.

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Oops, ah geez, there we lost the “road” again. Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to go around… In our particular situation, some of us feel lucky in that “going around” could entail on about a 3 kilometer detour, while others of us have a 35 kilometer “go around.” I kid you not: last week, a little farther on up the “road” it just dropped, boom, down, straight down about a meter and a half, for a distance of about 40 or some meters. A “neighbor” of mine, lives about 7 klics away, had to go around a distance of about 35 klics if he wanted to put out his refuse, including recyclables, at its designated spot on its designated day. I’m not sure if he made it; I haven’t heard.

Don’t even think about coming up here without 4 wheel drive, with a healthy ground clearance. Just about everybody’s second vehicle, and sometimes third, as well, is an ATV. We call those cuadracycles down here. We are required to put a license plate on them, register them every year with mandatory insurance, and to have them inspected ever year; and the good news is is that we are permitted to ride them on the asphalt public roads, too. Helmets mandatory.

Broadcast television, cell phones (let alone land line phones), cable and satellite TV are clearly luxuries; get on your knees and worship with me here, a fast, reliable internet connection is only sent from the heavens.

The natural flora and fauna is nothing less than breath taking. Not since the first time I saw Salma Hayek on the big screen have I seen anything so exotic as the practically untouched jungle habitat. But alas before I lead you totally astray, I must admit that some of my neighbor’s homes are as opulent and luxurious as existing on any Ocean Coast of the USA or on the coasts of the northern Mediterranean; albeit temporarily without electricity, water, or access to it.

In this section, also, every once in a while, I might slip in something about the Concrete Jungle, which has its own variety of animal and plant wildlife. Hope you enjoy this section as much as I do in observing it and writing about it. Pura vida.

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It is said Costa Rica is two different “countries”, with which I heartily agree, and then some. Costa Rica runs from the Northwest, at the Nicaragua border, to the Southeast, at the border with Panama. Its mini, if you will, great continental divide includes the mountain ranges (cordilleras) ...

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Home Inspection in Costa Rica – Worth Every Peso (Penny)

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Changing the roofs over our heads is always a memorial lifetime event. Moving out of the parents’ home for the first time, moving into that first apartment, or dorm room, or barracks, then maybe onto a bigger apartment, this one meant to be shared with the significant other, and after a handful ...

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Boosting Your Home Internet Signal (for free)

Boosting Your Home Internet Signal (for free)

At the beach, in the mountains or in the city, all three terrific places to be/live/visit in Costa Rica, no matter where we land, who among us couldn’t use an extra boost in our internet signal? Lots of hands raised I see. And who among us looks forward to paying plata real  for that extra ...

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What is Crime Like in Costa Rica: 5 Police 5 OIJ 1 Security Consultant and 1 bonehead (me)

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  What is crime like in Costa Rica? This has to be on the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) list of most of the Costa Rica related info web sites; certainly on the Crazu.net site. We all understand why the question is posed. Potential visitors to our lil slice of paradise down here want to know. ...

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Crazu Christmas 2014

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Well here we are already, the end of another December.  Geez, where does the time go?  Anyway, given the time stamp, it means again birthday wishes are in order: little brother DR, who is as this is written somewhere sailing away between the Florida coast and the Bahamas, turned over another ...

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Chapter 3 Back To Escazu

Chapter 3 Back To Escazu

It’s official, beach Bob has left the Southern Pacific Zone and biker Bob is back in town.  After just 33 days short of exactly seven (7) years at the beach, the family moved back to Escazu, San Rafael.  When folks learned of the intended move, we heard practically without exception, ...

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Thanksgiving Day, Immigration Day?

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  Sliced turkey breast on whole wheat sandwiches, cranberry juice, throw a bag of chips on the table (my favorite vegetable) and call it Thanksgiving 2014.  This year Thanksgiving Day is also moving day so from the turkey roasting pan to the Thanksgiving dinner dishes, it’s all packed and ...

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Costa Rica Legal Residency, Real Estate and a Shameless Plug

Costa Rica Legal Residency, Real Estate and a Shameless Plug

Who doesn’t talk to themselves?  All of us do albeit sometimes silently heard only between our ears, without moving our lips.  This week I have been chatting with myself, reflecting on the notion that not everything, to some of our dismay,  is as black or white as we might like it to be.  In ...

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