Potholes to Paradise: Living in Costa Rica - What You Need to Know

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9781895270211: Potholes to Paradise: Living in Costa Rica - What You Need to Know

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Co-owner of Posada Mimosa Bed & Breakfast, Tessa Borner hopes her "Potholes to Paradise" guide book will help others avoid the investment and adjustment mistakes she and her husband Martin made when they moved to Costa Rica from just outside of Toronto in 1994. The book retraces the couple's decision to re-locate to Costa Rica and build and operate their B&B in the rural Central Valley community of Grecia, about an hour northwest of San José.

And the 177-page, black-and-white result, illustrated with family photographs, is at its best when relating personal experiences - with builders, lawyers, real estate agents and the country's private Clinica Biblica Hospital, where Martin received triple by-pass surgery in 1993. The health section may be particualrly helpful to Canadians, with advice on urging a reimbursement from Canada's socialized medicine for treatment received in Costa Rica.

The Borners also provide valuable tips, based on their own foibles, for dealing with contractors and government bureaucracy. "We were away for extended periods while construction was supposed to be going on. Do not start construction unless you can be present at all times," she wisely advises.

Borner is a skilled writer who excels when telling her own story and is obviously in love with her new life in Costa Rica. The book provides valuable insight into this Canadian couple's experiences in Costa Rica - experiences that many foreigners, struggling with a new culture and language would also encounter.

From the Author:

In 1993, I started writing a series of newsletters "Around and About Costa Rica" in response to the difficulty we had in getting answers to our questions about Costa Rica. At that time, there were few guidebooks and little other information.

I continued writing them until April 1995, when the pressure of moving and adjusting to another culture, as well as starting a Bed and Breakfast, took all of my time. I decided to update them and put them in book form for the benefit of North Americans and others who are thinking of moving here. I want to bring the Costa Rican experience into perspective by sharing my family's personal story, and that of other people who have adopted this country as their own. Using our own continuing story as a model, I will give you practical tips on traveling, running a business and retiring in Costa Rica, as well as unravelling some of its cultural peculiarities.

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