June 30, 2010
Last day in Quepos. Mark says I’ll be forever jinxed with fishing if I don’t catch a “Quepos” fish. Have tried again and again but unless I spend big bucks for a charter it ain’t gonna happen. Fishing tackle’s ready for the move and real beach fishing in Jaco.
My plan tomorrow is to pick up the rental car at 9 with Michael. Then load up my stuff. Then it’s about an hour’s drive to Jaco. Once we get unloaded we’re going to take the car to the Walmart-like store there so I can buy a bunch more stuff that I need (pillows, linens, whatever – don’t know what’s there so don’t know what I’ll pick up). Want to do this tomorrow while I have a car. Michael will then drive the car back to Quepos. He’s going to move soon, also. He drove his girlfriend to several towns while she was here to assess where she would like to live. I say that’s the wrong approach but it’s his life. He likes Jaco but I doubt she does. Even though she’s from the N.M.-Texas border, it’s too hot on the coast so she will opt for the mountains. Michael also will be checking my postal box and forwarding any mail once I have a forwarding address. It’s good to have friends (And how do I find you people, anyway?).
By afternoon tomorrow, I hope to have a line in the water in Jaco.
Packing to move
It’s amazing how much stuff you can accumulate in just a month. Even though I’ve toned down my acquisitions in the last week or so, and trying to eat the refrigerator clean, I will still have three boxes and a large cooler full of stuff that I didn’t arrive with. Things like a printer and speakers for the laptop, linens, dishes, food. This is in addition to the two suitcases and backpack I arrived with. My choices to move this were rent a car or take a taxi. Bus would not have worked. This is an important point if you do like I did and come here without first exploring the places to live. All the advice I read was to visit here first a few times and then decide on the best location. Or, you can do it like I’m doing – pick a place to start and if it doesn’t suit you, move to a new place. There are a lot of expats doing just that. However, if you have a lot of stuff, it becomes more difficult to pick up and move. But I’ve read about people with full households of goods doing this. That sounds expensive. Better to maintain a low footprint, as I’ve done, so that the move is less difficult.
Still could not get any money out of ATMs at two banks yesterday, so I decided to go inside and see what that experience was like. Not too bad, but you have to be patient. You first take a number at the door, after security has scanned you. Also had to take my hat and sunglasses off. There was a waiting area in the middle of the room with about 50 chairs. There were about 20 people waiting. They have digital signage showing what numbers have been called and which window you should go to. There were eight windows but it still took about 30 minutes for my number to be called. I handed the teller my passport and credit card, and wrote out 200,000 colones (about $360). This amount required him to go somewhere to get permission. Then he fills out a ticket that you sign, just like doing a credit card purchase, and you get your money. I don’t know if there is a bank fee because some young American guys ahead of me said there was no fee, unlike using the ATM. I’ll wait and see on that one. Now I have the cash I need for my new home.