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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

Points within the city that are known to the local population are used as a reference for a particular address. Example: the address given to you to the particular place you want to go is 300 meters (or three blocks) from the southwest comer of the Cathedral and 150 meters (1-1½block) to the east, yellow house with white window bars. Or you might give the same address by calles and avenidas though you still must indicate that the house is yellow and has white window bars.

The problem arises when the owner of the house changes its colours or when a well known tree given as a reference point is cut down. The large centenarian higuerón tree, which was located at the entrance of the Los Yoses residential district, was cut down in the 1970s and many people still give it as a reference point.

During the 1940s through 1960s there was a beautiful obelisk in the centre of the Paseo Colón. It was an important reference point. Though demolished to make more room for traffic, many persons who remembered it still give it as a reference point. In this case they would say that such and such a place is so many meters or blocks from el old obelisk (the place where the old obelisk used to be). The new expatriate will at first find all this confusing, but in time he'll be as afilado (sharp) as a Tico.

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