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March 24th, 2010
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 63,000 new visits per month.
If this interests you, please read on.
Why have you stopped writing about the new traffic laws?
Because every few minutes the *&^(*^ government is changing their minds. They have reduced many of the fines by as much as 66%. The biggies have not changed (drunk driving, reckless driving, etc). They have written a new law, but now there is pressure on the presidency to veto it! Despite the high fines, it appears the new (OK the old new laws of March 1) are quite popular. Complicating all of this is that the transitos (traffic police) do not seem to be enforcing much of anything except the biggies. Basically, I just got tired or writing one thing only to have it change the next day. Once the new new law has passed, I’ll probably update the info.
Car inspection was due by March 1. It did not pass. Repairs have been made; I have another appointment with riteve on March 26.
If I drive the car now and get stopped, can I be fined? I have proof of the first inspection and upcoming one in the car.
Well here is a surprise! It will depend entirely on the mood of the traffic officer who stops you. He certainly can ticket you. Now whether he will???
What would be a good business to open in Costa Rica where I could hire local Costa Ricans to work it? Retail or tourism would meet my needs. Such as an inbound tour operator. I am very experienced in this area.
There is probably no business more difficult to start here than anything connected with tourism. That includes hotels, B & B’s, travel agencies or tours. Marketing those businesses is nearly impossible without a huge advertising budget as there are only about 20,000 other companies here and in many other countries all competing for the Costa Rica tourist buck. Good luck.
We’re on our way, driving!!! Blake’s always wanted to do the PanAm highway thing, so we’re doing it.
…I’m planning on blogging our trip. The link is here. I’ve linked your website in several prominent places….thought you might be interested. We’ll be in the San Jose area occasionally….hope to see you there.
I added this email so my readers who are interested can follow their adventure. I get emails all the time about driving to Costa Rica via the Pan American Highway, so here is your chance to follow these folks!
For some reason there seems to be a problem with the website The REAL Costa Rica. When you hover over the links bar on the left (residency law, for example) it may or may not open the next drop-down box. But even if it does or doesn’t, you can’t access any other links without refreshing the page. I’m using IE8, and it has worked in the past. The only difference is that now I have Windows 7 instead of XP.
I actually have been receiving this question more and more since Vista and Windows 7 came out.
The issue is probably your PC.
VISTA and Windows 7 are memory hogs and really need a minimum of 512 MB of memory to work properly. One GB is preferred regardless of what Microsoft may tell you. If you have less, you will experience these issues on many web sites using advanced scripting for menus. In fact, your whole systems will operate slowly, especially if you have multiple programs/browser windows running. If you do have sufficient memory, then the issue is very possible just that you are using an older PC running an old/slow microprocessor .
I read the article on gay and lesbian travel but what about interracial couples traveling in Costa Rica? Is there an open prejudice in any area of the country?
Not really, at least none that I have ever heard of. In general, there is far less prejudice here of any type, though of course it may exist. There are a lot of interracial couples living here and nobody seems to pay much attention. If anyone wants to comment on their personal experiences, please do so!
I am really a bit upset. I wrote to you in January (copy attached) and just received a reply from (name withheld) yesterday! I suppose she is an employee? That is 45 days. If you cannot promptly answer people when they write to you, why do you even give that option?
Fair question! When I first published the RCR web site, I received maybe 6-10 emails per month, and I answered all of them personally.
Then, about the time George Bush became president (maybe a year later), that number increased to about 10 per week and I answered all those emails personally. W was none too popular! Many of these people wanted to leave the USA and move to Costa Rica.
Then, just less than a year ago, the number of emails began to increase enormously with more and more people asking about getting out of the USA. This was about six months after Obama became president. It appears that he is far more unpopular than Bush ever was, and from the emails I receive, people are willing to do just about anything to just get away from the USA. Very strange. I guess things are very bad up there.
In any case, I am now receiving several hundred emails per week from all age groups and all political affiliations. Everyone seems to be scared of what is happening or what is coming and they want to get out of the USA ASAP. Therefore, I have had to hire a person to reply to all those emails. She just cannot handle the load and it can take weeks to get your reply. I am sorry that you had to wait, but the situation in the US seems to be just out of control. NOTE: DO NOT make comments that I am anti Obama. I am not… nor am I pro Obama. I live here, and I do not have to deal with whatever is happening up there. I am just reporting a phenomena.
My wife and I are considering retirement in CR in a couple of years. She is an excellent figurative sculptor, and would like to continue being creative. She would like to sell her artwork on her own, or perhaps through a gallery, and may want to teach sculpting classes as well.
Artists are an exception to the work rule. She can work her doing sculpting and sell her goods via a gallery. As for teaching, I think not. There are many fine sculptors here so I am guessing that teaching would be questionably legal. To be sure, check with Costa Rica immigration.
Remember though, she must have some form of legal residency in order to live here at all.
OK BLOG fans… that is it for today. Thanks for being here.Filed under Business, Costa Rica, Driving to Costa Rica, My Readers Write, Politics, Technical Stuff, Working in Costa Rica | Comments (28)