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Ticos Are Different and Procrastinators

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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

Although some changes have occurred in the character of individualism and procrastination of the Ticos, apparently much of it is here to stay. There are other aspects of the nature and behaviour that differentiates them from other Latins, but it would take a whole book to include them all. It would a good project for a psychologist to undertake as he could come up with very interesting information.

It might do well to also mention here the benevolent character of the Tico. Presidents from Independence Day through many of the years, when San José was still a small city, had the custom of walking to their office. On one morning in 1954, then president Otilio Ulate Blanco, while on his way to his office, was run over by a bicycle near Morazan Park. At that time the presidential office was located in an old two-story house on the west side of the National Park. Ulate was not badly hurt and passed off the incident without reprimanding the bicyclist. Presidents in Costa Rica don't like to have bodyguards and they never have any; when they do, it's because it is imposed on them. What other countries can match this?

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