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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

When the Selección Nacional (national team) plays in important international championships, the whole country practically becomes paralyzed. The streets in town are emptier than on a Good Friday. Everyone is either at the stadium or seated in front of a TV set at home or at a bar. When the team wins, the whole country explodes in merriment and everyone is in high spirits; workers produce more during the next few days, and domestic violence diminishes. If it loses, everyone is downhearted and you won't see much laughter or cheerful faces. Classification in September 2001 to participate in the 2002 World Cup at Japan-Korea was one of the happiest moments in Costa Rican history especially since it was obtained by defeating primarily the Mexican and United States national teams which have always been very strong contenders.

In June 2002, at South Korea, the national team won against China, drew with Turkey and lost to Brazil, the latter defeat eliminating them from advancing further in the World Cup. But rather than follow the Russian example of rioting on the streets of Moscow and burning cars after a loss, Costa Ricans in defeat showed themselves to be good losers and Costa Rica emerged again as the peaceful, proud and classy country for which it is well-known.

Today crowds in the stadiums in Costa Rica are more educated. Some 30 years ago it was dangerous to sit too low on the lower priced stadium bleachers (galería general) because you could be exposed to receive on your back a plastic bag full of urine. That's mainly because stadium doors for an important game have always been opened up to 6 hours before playing time and many spectators can't wait too long before going to the john.

I recall that at a game I attended between the national teams of Guatemala and Costa Rica, a dead skunk was grabbed by its tail by spectators and tossed all around the stadium. Today those things don't happen, but it's a still a good idea to pay a little more and buy the more expensive tickets to assure you of getting a numbered seat which you can occupy just a few minutes before game time. This way you won't have to wait hours to find room if you were to sit at the galería general. You'll also avoid getting caught in the midst of frequent fist fights which sometimes occur between rival team fans.

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