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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

My maternal great grandfather, Julian Volio Llorente, is by himself in his own tomb which is the second one to the right immediately after the main entrance. This so-called position of privilege was granted him because he had rendered many useful services to the country in politics and private enterprise during the 19th Century. Both my mother and father are resting in a tomb along the left side of the main lane about 75 meters from the principal entrance.

Other cemeteries in the San José Metropolitan area with space available are:

Camposanto La Piedad in Desamparados, Cementerio de San Antonio de Desamparados, Cementerio de Extranjeros. This cemetery was inaugurated many years ago especially for foreigners at a time when the only one existing in the city was the Cementerio General which accepted only Catholics. It's located about one block from the latter. Cementerio Montesacro in Curridabat, Jardines del Recuerdo in la Valencia de Heredia, Parque Cementerio Metropolitano, located in Pavas is administered by the same state institution that operates the Cementerio General. Each town, no matter how small, has its own cemetery and takes special care in keeping the grounds as well kept as possible. The Cementerio de Obreros, also located in San José on the same block and adjacent to the Cementerio General, is administered by the Municipality of San José.

By tradition, as is the case in all Roman Catholic countries, especially in Latin America, November 2nd is the day when people go to the cemeteries to honour their dead by putting flowers on their tombs and saying a prayer.

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