Aug. 23, 2010
Sunday I received an e-mail from the people handling my residency process. They sent the attached form, saying, “This document allows you to remain in Costa Rica for as long as it takes Migracion to process your application.” Awesome! Next Monday I go to San Jose to finalize the process and then wait for approval. Without this document, I would have had to leave the country for three days at the end of the month. They also told me that if I leave Costa Rica before I’m approved I may still have to buy a return trip airplane ticket to the U.S., which would mean I’d have to buy a round-trip ticket and one one-way to the U.S. However, they suggested I buy a bus ticket to Nicaragua or Panama ($18) to show I had made plans for leaving CR. You can’t just get a one-way ticket to CR, and once I leave, unless I am a legal resident, I have to have a round-trip ticket to get back into CR. Good to have sound advice. Especially if it saves me money and hassle.
I brought some seeds with me from the U.S. and finally got some pots and soil. No place I can plant stuff in real ground. Put lots of seeds in and will see what survives. I’m betting on the squash, which I want anyway. Tomatoes might make it but the lettuce and spinach I don’t give much of a chance. Farmer Ken strikes again.
I’ve not found any e-commerce sites that deliver out of the U.S. Went to Walmart’s site the other day because they own all the department and main grocery stores down here so thought they might be an option to replenish some things. Nope, they don’t ship here either. So ordered a bunch of stuff sent to my daughter and she will have to forward it to me at additional cost. This is just stuff like t-shirts, underwear, bed linens, other basic clothing that is unattainable or substandard in the stores here. Hell, they want $5 for a pair of undershorts here. When I finally make a trip north, I’m going to bring a large suitcase filled with stuff to give to people there so that I will have an empty suitcase to fill and bring back with me. Wonder if I can fit a flat screen TV in it – the prices are pretty high here because of the tariffs.