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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

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.


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