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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

Make an effort to learn Spanish. If you dedicate the time and effort, you'll eventually be speaking like a Tico and using some oftheir singular expressions such as Pura Vula (it's great, it's wonderful, it's a good life), Chiquito (a) meaning boy or girl besides small), and hueso (bad job, bad deal or bone). Several good books published in Spanish in Costa Rica contain hundreds of sayings and expressions (old and current) used by the rural and urban population. Many are not employed in other Spanish speaking countries and are of exclusive use in Costa Rica. You might want to learn some of these and begin to feel more like a Tico. It won't be too difficult if you get into the spirit of it. And Ticos won't mind if you use them. Near the end of this book I list some popular Tico expressions and sayings.

The period of reassessment is the slow turning upward from the depths of culture shock. It is still a period of frustration and setbacks, probably the most difficult time in any country.

Undoubtedly there are many nuances of cultural difference that are apt to strike any American living in another country. But if you intend on finding ways of getting along, your acculturation process will come about much easier and faster than you had expected.

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