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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

Adjusting Is Not Too Difficult

There are many ways by which you can make your adjustment easier and faster. Among them are: 1) Making an effort to know your immediate neighbours be they Americans, Costa Ricans or of other nationalities and doing them a favour whenever possible. 2) Joining a local sports or social club and participating in some of their activities. There you'll meet other people who could have your own affinities-likes and dislikes. 3) Travelling to other towns and rural areas to learn more about the country, its sites, celebrations and customs. That will help accelerate the process by which you'll feel you're gradually becoming a stable resident of the country. This will increase your feeling of belonging and of being greatly more integrated into your new environment.

As you get older you'll want to simplify your life. You may not be up to a business or hobby which demands great energy unless you can get around easily and are always on the go. Some businesses and hobbies, however, don't demand much land, money and special equipment so you may want to try them. But if you should not want a business or a hobby, you might want to write, paint, and learn to play the piano, sew, raise parakeets, or plant a flower garden. In that case, you should by all means go ahead and do it. Don't defer the action.

Widening your interests makes you a more interesting person to yourself, your spouse, and friends. And you'll live healthier by putting extra effort on eating properly, exercising moderately, getting sufficient sleep and relaxation. Ancients in history exhorted, as did Goethe, when he said: "As we journey through life let us live by the way. One ought to everyday to at least hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible at all, to speak a few reasonable words." Dr. Oliver Wendel Holmes once said: "I had much to learn, and at eighty, I found new vistas opening all around me."

It isn't exaggerated then to say that to spend a really happy retirement in Costa Rica, or practically anywhere else, you should be interested in people, places and events. You'll then be satisfying to yourself and interesting to others.

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