Additional Ways of Adjusting
If you're artistically inclined, numerous art classes are continuously being offered at numerous art schools. The University of Costa Rica always offers some subjects for no-credit especially during the summer (dry) season when schools are out on vacation. You'll enjoy learning and doing new, interesting things. Certainly, there's plenty to achieve and little time to get bored.
At your house or apartment be sure to subscribe to cable TV. Several companies (Amnet, Cable America, and Cable Tica) offer this service in more populated areas and they're extending operations to some of the smaller towns. The majority of the channels are in English, some being in French, Italian, German and Chinese, besides, of course, the numerous local ones in Spanish. Direct TV is also available. If you're from the States, the English language programs will enable you to enjoy college and professional football, basketball, tennis, hockey, boxing, golf and other sports as if you were back home. You'll also get the latest world news and see your favourite programs. Cable TV helps to keep you in touch with the latest happenings in your home country.
If you want to know what's going on in Costa Rica by way of news and entertainment, The Tico Times, the English language weekly newspaper with world-wide circulation published in San José and written by a team of highly professional writers, will keep you posted. It contains local news of interest to expatriates and excellent, well-illustrated feature articles. It lists many short courses, social functions other activities in which you might want to participate.
The paper was founded by Richard Dyer and his wife Elizabeth, long-time residents of Costa Rica and its current publisher is their daughter Dery. The Tico Times circulates widely in upscale food stores and shops as well as at some newsstands in San José, tourist resorts and the larger towns. There's a digital edition which is printed in Kansas the same day that the Costa Rican edition comes out thus offering subscribers in the States quick arrival at their address. Be sure to subscribe to it. That's another stepping stone which contributes to your process of adjustment and feeling at home. For Spanish reading, check the Thursday issue of La Nación, the country's leading paper, for a listing of activities, courses offered, restaurants and entertainment recommended. Two other papers, La República and El Financiero, offer good business news on the local and international economy.