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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 Selective Creature

The expatriate from the United States and other countries appears to be a selective creature. .Where he lives and what he does is usually known. But why he lives where he does is more difficult to determine.

The Quakers Cheese Makers

The Amish and Mennonites have a reputation of being hearty settlers willing to pioneer regions other immigrants find inhospitable. Another religious group, the Mormons, has been known to own large tracts of land in Argentina. And several Quaker families from Hope, Alabama, left home for religious reasons and established a thriving farm colony in the mountainous cloud forests of north-eastern Puntarenas Province of Costa Rica.

It was in 1952, when the U. S. Government put into effect the peacetime draft that the Quakers began to look abroad for a safe haven for their families. In making a worldwide search they found that Costa Rica had more teachers than police and that there was no army or anything to do with anything military. Right then they decided their destination would be Costa Rica.

In the 50 years these Quakers have been in the country, they've proven to be avid and true ecologists. Peace, a simple life, honesty and the conservation of natural resources have been some of their main values. To survive financially, they chose dairying and cheese making as their main activity. Today the cheese they make is one of the best in the country.

They offer a good example of successful agricultural colonization in a foreign country and exemplary development of the region surrounding them. Monteverde (green mount), the name given the area by those Quakers, is now a must-see tourist destination ideal for bird-watching and walking through the original cloud forest whose exotic flora and fauna that have been preserved.

But settling was not an easy task for them. In 1960, one of the founders, Cecil Rockwell, told me that their trek to Costa Rica had begun in the autumn of 1952 when nine families (a total of 40 persons) packed their belongings and journeyed to what they considered would be a paradise for them. Over the years, and after having overcome many obstacles, it eventually did become their true "Shangri-La".

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