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5 - Costa Rica in Brief
6 - Map of Costa Rica
8 - Symbols of Costa Rica
9 - Introduction
12 - Getting a Bird's Eye View
14 - Why Choose Costa Rica?
18 - Costa Rica Has Many Firsts to its Name
22 - A Place That Accepts All Races
30 - The Friendliness of the Costa Ricans
33 - Ticos are Individualistic
35 - Ticos Are Different and Procrastinators
38 - Why Others Have Gone Abroad
42 - Specific Reasons for Leaving Home
45 - Culture Shock
48 - Enjoy Your Retirement by Adjusting
49 - Ways to Adjust to Your New Life
56 - Making Your Stay More Satifying
58 - Cost of Living
67 - Addresses and Directions
69 - Your Car and Driving
71 - How Not to Be Obnoxious to Locals
74 - Adjusting to the Weather and Climate
76 - Choosing the Right Climate for You
77 - City Living versus Country Living
79 - Where to Live in Costa Rica
82 - Living in Your American Style
84 - Top Quality Health Services
87 - Medical Centers in San José
89 - Dying in Costa Rica
91 - Security and Safety in Costa Rica
94 - Personal Experiences of Petty Thievery
98 - Sex and Romance
101 - Going into Business Yourself
105 - Expatriates Production Enterprises
110 - Expatriates Service Businesses
114 - The Business Environment
120 - Helpful Tips for the Newcomer
125 - National Holidays and Festivities
128 - Religion, Churches & Support Groups
131 - The Optimism and Health Link
133 - The 8 Point Formula for Anti-Aging
134 - Obtaining Insurance
136 - Early Colonial History in Brief
139 - English Language & Tico Expressions
144 - Misdemeanors That Are Now Felonies
146 - Closing Words
148 - Bibliography
149 - For More Information and Contacts
151 - Appendix
155 - Index

A Sanctuary of Peace

That's what the Tico Times weekly said about Costa Rica in its fine editorial of April 8, 2005, when it stated that "a legal system founded on religious principles affords a country some peculiar advantages, one of which is a certain lack of public controversy over topics that tear other countries apart. Abortion, cloning, euthanasia, in-vitro fertilization, gay marriage, sex change operations. these are things that the Costa Rican law prohibits".

The paper considered that "sidestepping debate of those questions may make public life more peaceful, but it shifts moral burdens onto those who are suffering most. It is time to give up a degree of peace and confront these messy topics, no matter what the result. Many countries around the globe have discussed difficult issues in a reasonable way". So why not Costa Rica too, it suggests. I believe, however, that this will be very difficult to achieve given that the country is so predominantly Roman Catholic. But, of course, nothing is eternal on earth and anything can happen most unexpectedly at anytime.

A Geographical Coincidence

The town of Limon on the Caribbean lies exactly on the globe's 10th degree of north latitude. Nobody has bothered to tell tourists nor even the local population about this. A memorial stone or monument put on the exact spot for everyone to see should be interesting.

Help Sought from Deceased Doctor

Ricardo Moreno Cañas, a prestigious medical doctor of yesteryear in San José, became much more famous when in 1934 he saved a man by dislodging a bullet from his heart. After that, Cañas was considered almost a saint and to this day street vendors on occasion sell pictures of him at the entrance of San Juan de Dios Hospital. Some people come from afar, even other countries, to pray and place flowers on his grave in the San José general cemetery. The seekers hope for a miracle.

Catholicism Is Country's Official Religion

Costa Rica is the only state, after the Vatican, whose official religion is Catholicism as stated in the country's Constitution. Annually the Church receives some government funds to assist it in helping the poor and other social causes. Every government ministry has a Catholic chapel. All other religions and sects are allowed.

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