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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

If you like to listen to the radio, there are two or three programs in English emanating from stations in San José with American announcers who give the news. Radio ECO on FM offers continuous American music of the big band days of Miller, Dorsey, Ellington, Herman, Goodman, Lombardo, Welk, Shaw and others. ECO (dial 95.9) is especially strong on famous hits of World War 2 and plays plenty of Sinatra songs and nostalgic music to soothe the ears of the older American retirees. A particular one is 95.5 on the dial which offers good Jazz. For news in Spanish, the three main stations are Monumental, Radio Reloj, and Radio Columbia. Good classical music is offered by Radio Universitaria.

All these things will help you feel more secure - give you a feeling that you have not been left alone in the wilderness, but that you're surrounded by known things, and though you're far from home physically, you're really close to it sentimentally. No doubt you'll miss your friends back home, but it's easy to make new ones in Costa Rica.

A really strong ally in helping you achieve your adjustment is to keep busy. Don't spend your full day reading a novel or staying in bed just to pass the time away. Keep busy cooking, gardening, visiting acquaintances, keeping your hobby alive if you have one (or start one), taking short drives out of town or going to more distant rural areas for a change of scenery. Some persons stave off boredom simply by going window shopping.

Many middle and upper-class Costa Ricans living in and around San José like to go to the two principal malls, the Multiplaza and the Mall San Pedro, merely to look around and pass the time away. Just entering a large store, seeing and feeling the merchandise and buying anything even if it's only grapes, a chocolate bar or an ice cream cone, will make you feel different and ward off any boredom. In early 2003 and through 2004 other malls were built and additional ones are in the planning stage for both eastern and western San José besides in some of the other large cities.

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