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May 4th, 2009
Good day faithful readers. Here is another addition of “My Readers Write” Here you will find a few emails asking questions not covered in The REAL Costa Rica or this Blog…. or maybe they are but there is some other twist that I think might be of interest.
As some of these were sent more than 5 weeks ago, I do appreciate your patience. I am just bombarded with email, especially now that readership in The REAL Costa Rica and this Blog is exceeding 60,000 visits per month.
If this interests you, please read on.
I made two comments recently to Posts on your Blog, yet neither is there. Why?
I do not have many rules about people commenting. The few I have are:
- You may not attack me or another person in a way that is rude, uses vulgar language, or is just over the top. That does not mean you cannot disagree with me or another person. It just must be done in a polite manner. If I am wrong about something I posted here and you provide adequate proof (i.e not just your opinion), I will correct the original post, give you credit, and grovel.
- The comment must have something to do with the Post upon which you are commenting. Commenting about how much you hate Obama in a Post that is about a recipe for Gallo Pinto is just dumb and I will not allow your comment.
- No spamming. Any comment that even remotely smacks of promotion of a business or a web site totally irrelevant to Costa Rica will not be published. This includes links to any website that contains a virus, Trojan horse or any other malware that affects my readers.
- Any comment that disseminates wrong information about Costa Rica. This may include the many “urban legends” floating around. For those, I normally respond via email to let you know your information is not correct.
- Last… but maybe not least. Any comment that uses a false email address will not be published.
In your case, rule #2 was the issue for both of your comments.
We have a home in Costa Rica, and we are looking for the best book we can get on insects of costa rica with good pictures so we can key them when we find them. Do you know of any such book.
Sadly, I have no bug books, so I cannot recommentd any. However you will find what you are looking for by scrolling thrugh the books located in the Costa Rica Shop.
I’ve enjoyed your blog as a useful tool for some while now. Question, have you heard of Cable Tica for internet? Any feedback would be appreciated. We’re currently using a satellite service (know it’s illegal).
Yes, any satellite Internet service here IS illegal unless purchased from RACSA. In my opinion, Cabletica is the best of all the Internet Service Providers, though to get Internet service, you must order their cable service which not everybody wants or needs.
I will be moving in August to Ciudad Colon, just west of San Jose, to attend the United Nation’s University for Peace. I will be bringing my 3 children (ages 9, 10, & 14) and am concerned about building codes in such an earthquake-prone area. Is there something I should look for (like date of construction, specific building style) in an apartment building and in their schools? I’m have a hard time finding anything online.
Building codes? Building codes? We don’t need no steenking building codes! Kidding, of course, but in reality, while they exist, there is no guarantee that the builder paid even the slightest attention to them… or if he did, followed them to the letter. I am guessing that if you rent in one of the newly developed areas and the place is less than 5 years old, you have a better chance of finding something “to code”. Saying that, the vast majority of homes (all but the oldest homes) are built with concrete reinforced with metal rods. I live in a 20 year old home, and even the big earthquake (6.3) a few months ago did no damage, and we were only 15 miles from the epicenter. Also, as almost all home are single story, the collapse of a building is not so much an issue. As for schools… most, I think, are pretty safe. However if you are at or really near the epicenter of ANY strong (>5.0 for example) earthquake, the building construction is going to be pretty irrelevant.
Edited for clarity
… how do you handle the insistence of vendors quoting in Dollars but when offered a credit card billing in colones? … do you have any suggestions how to circumvent this underhandedness? If I am quoted in $$ and my credit card account is $$, why am I charged the rate as if I were selling colones and receiving dollars?
First, and just a general reminder, I never shop anywhere that prices its goods in dollars. Although better than when I arrived here lo those many years, it still more often than not, is an indication that I will be paying too much.
Now for your question. The reason (I am almost 100% sure) is because the vendor’s credit card processor is set up for colones, and not dollars. It would make no difference what your currency your card is using.
I am writing because I am a 28 year old American living in San Jose. I am finding it hard to meet people my age. I’m extremely outgoing and always up for an adventure. Please let me know if you have any advice for me!
I might as a matter of fact! Click this link. Once there, look for Calendar in the top right corner of the web page. Click it and you will see that the Young Expats meet every Saturday in Escazu. Click that link for info. I am presuming they are still active as they are on that site. If not, please let me know via email or comment to this post.Filed under Costa Rica, Life in Costa Rica, Living in Costa Rica, My Readers Write | Comments (18)