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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Other Media Vicki Skinner or the Living Life in Costa Rica blog is Quoted • Mentioned in




A city of ox carts and Office Depot
LATimes.com/business/la-fi-zescazu21oct21-story.html



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RetireForLessInCostaRica.com/newsletter-november-4-2012



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Saturday, August 1, 2015

BULLETIN BOARDS in the Escazu, Costa Rica Area

Do you have something to sell, something that you want to promote? Looking for something? Live in the Escazu area?

Don't sit back wishing you had it - Be PRO-active - MANIFEST IT!!!

You can put what YOU’RE seeking on a few REAL Bulletin Boards I've found around the Escazu area!!! I've started to accumulate a list of them.


NOTE: With MOST, you'll need to ask permission &/or get a signature or date from a manager. Try to be there when they put it up if they don’t let you as often it won’t make it up. Be considerate - bring your own tape or stick pins/thumb tacks.

PLEASE - I BEG OF YOU - don't hoard the board!! 
Do NOT use a 8x11 or larger flier & if you have multiple things (like a realtor) - do NOT make one up for each thing!!

BE CONSIDERATE of others since not everything can get posted on these boards if they run out of space!!!   If you're the type that does use a big flier - next time you go to post something & they say no because it's full - think - KARMA!!!
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WalMart - Escazu (far left door)

BUENA TIERRA - More of a healthy/natural living, yoga, spiritual, conscious living, meditation, woo-woo type of crowd!!!
LOCATION:  Escazu Centro - one block South/up the hill from the main entrance of San Miguel Catholic Church in Centro Escazu in the new Buena Tierra shopping center. It is a green 2-story building.

MAS X MENOS - Escazu - In back (I believe they ONLY change these now on Wednesdays so get it to them on Tues./BEFORE Wed.)

Super SARETTO MARKET (on 2 polls to the left as you enter)

TOM TOM German Market (a few doors east of Saretto's)

The PUB - Escazu Centro (by the bathrooms on the wall.  Bring your own tape)

There's a stationary store across from the catholic church in Centro Escazu (on the East-bound street) though I’m sure this is more for a local/Spanish speaking crowd (Bring your own tape)

AUTO MERCADO (2 boards) - Lindora•Pozos de Santa Ana (there are NONE at Escazu or MultiPlaza)


Other places on the internet to post things:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CostaRicaLiving (the largest message board on CR. They only like you “advertising” once a month & IDEALLY [though not only as long as you’ve already been on the board/contributing so ask a question or something – don’t just “use” them. This board is 6,000 strong of people living in CR, visiting or moving here/thinking of moving here])
http://costarica.craigslist.org - it's slowly becoming popular
http://AMCostaRica.com - MANY things can be posted for free (not cars, homes, jobs)


I’ll be adding more here in the near future so keep checking with it or better yet – “Subscribe” to it!!


Have YOU seen any places to post things/that have bulletin boards?? SHARE!!!!


I'd LOVE to hear from you as to what has worked or not worked!!





(updated August 1, 2015)
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution


Worldwide Caution

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated January 9, 2015.    

The Department of State remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations, and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests overseas. In August 2014, the United States and regional partners commenced military action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated terrorist organization in Syria and Iraq. In response to the airstrikes, ISIL called on supporters to attack foreigners wherever they are. Authorities believe there is an increased likelihood of reprisal attacks against U.S., Western and coalition partner interests throughout the world, especially in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Kidnappings and hostage events involving U.S. citizens have become increasingly prevalent as ISIL, al-Qa'ida and its affiliates have increased attempts to finance their operations through kidnapping for ransom operations. U.S. citizens have been kidnapped and murdered by members of terrorist and violent extremist groups. ISIL, al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) are particularly effective with kidnapping for ransom and are using ransom money to fund the range of their activities.

Extremists may elect to use conventional or non-conventional weapons, and target both official and private interests. Examples of such targets include high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, shopping malls, and other tourist destinations both in the United States and abroad where U.S. citizens gather in large numbers, including during holidays. 

U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure. Extremists have targeted and attempted attacks on subway and rail systems, aviation, and maritime services. In the past, these types of attacks have occurred in cities such as Moscow, London, Madrid, Glasgow, and New York City.

EUROPE: Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa'ida, its affiliated organizations, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. and Western interests in Europe. On January 7, 2015, two armed gunmen entered the Paris offices of a satirical news magazine and killed 12 people, including two police officers.  Al-Qa'aida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) took credit for the attack.  On January 9, a man attacked a kosher market in Paris immediately killing four people.  Also in January, Belgian counter-terrorist units foiled what was described as an imminent terror attack, when they killed two gunmen and wounded another in a shootout in the town of Verviers, near the German border. On February 14, at an event in Copenhagen, Denmark called Art, blasphemy and the freedom of expression, a gunman opened fire killing one person and wounding three police officers.  On June 26, terrorists attacked a U.S.-owned factory near Lyon, France, killing one and injuring 12. 

Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks in Europe will continue as European members of ISIL return from Syria and Iraq. Additionally, there is a continuing threat in Europe from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis.  European governments have taken action to guard against terrorist attacks, and some have made official declarations regarding heightened threat conditions. 
MIDDLE EAST and NORTH AFRICA: Credible information indicates terrorist groups also seek to continue attacks against U.S. interests in the Middle East and North Africa. The U.S. government remains highly concerned about possible attacks against U.S. citizens, facilities, businesses, and perceived U.S. and Western interests. Private U.S. citizens are strongly discouraged from traveling to Iraq, Syria, or any other country to join in armed conflict. 

No part of Syria should be considered immune from violence.  The security situation remains dangerous and unpredictable as a civil war between government and armed anti-government groups continues throughout the country.  There is an increased threat of terrorism from groups such as ISIL, al-Nusrah, as well as other extremists whose tactics include use of suicide bombers, kidnappings, use of small and heavy arms, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). In the last several years, the United States has received reports of numerous foreigners kidnapped in Syria, some of whom have been killed while others remain in captivity.   The majority of the victims are journalists and aid workers. U.S. citizens and other Westerners have been murdered by ISIL in Syria. Violent extremists from various countries operate in Syria and may be planning attacks against the United States and other Western targets. 

A number of extremist groups also operate in Lebanon and the potential for death or injury in Lebanon exists because of periodic terrorist bombing attacks throughout the country. As a result of spillover violence from the Syria crisis, Sunni groups are active and Hizballah, a group designated by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization, has been present and active for many years. 
U.S. citizens in Iraq remain at high risk for kidnapping and terrorist violence. Numerous insurgent groups, including ISIL, remain active and terrorist activity and violence persists in many areas of the country. ISIL controls Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, as well as significant territory in northern, western, and central Iraq, particularly along the Tigris and Euphrates valleys, and the group continues to attack Iraqi security forces and civilians in those areas. U.S. government facilities, and western interests remain possible targets, as evidenced by the April 17 bombing in the public area outside U.S. Consulate General Erbil where one U.S. citizen was injured. In addition, several anti-U.S. militia groups fighting ISIL, such as Kataib Hezbollah (KH) and Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH) are operating throughout Iraq and may present a threat to U.S. citizens.
In Libya, Tunisia, and Algeria, groups affiliated with ISIL, Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and other terrorist groups have conducted attacks against both foreign and local targets. In Libya, various groups have called for attacks against U.S. citizens and U.S. interests. On January 28, 2015 in Tripoli, Libya, a car bomb was detonated outside the Corinthia Hotel. Three militants rushed inside the hotel and opened fire before blowing themselves up. Five foreigners were among those killed. On March 18, several gunmen attacked the Bardo Museum in the center of Tunis, Tunisia, killing 21 people including 18 foreign tourists. On June 26, a terrorist killed 38, mostly western tourists, on a beach in Sousse, Tunisia.  In Algeria's Kabylie region, an ISIS-affiliated group kidnapped and killed a Westerner in September 2014, and, in south-western Algeria, terrorists killed 39 workers, including westerners, and held hundreds hostage at a gas processing facility in January 2013.
In Yemen, the security situation has greatly deteriorated, necessitating the suspension of operations of the U.S. Embassy. Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) remains a potent force there.

AFRICA: Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and al-Murabitun remain active in northern Mali and Niger. Terrorist groups have stepped up their rhetoric calling for additional attacks or kidnapping attempts on westerners and others, particularly those linked to support for international military intervention.  

The terrorist group AQIM has declared its intention to attack Western targets throughout the Sahel (an area that stretches across the African continent between the Atlantic Ocean and the Red Sea to include Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad, Sudan, and Eritrea). It has claimed responsibility for kidnappings, attempted kidnappings, and the murder of several Westerners throughout the region.

Al-Shabaab assassinations, suicide bombings, hostage taking, and indiscriminate attacks in civilian-populated areas are frequent in Somalia. Terrorist operatives and armed groups in Somalia have demonstrated their intent to attack Somali authorities, the African Union Mission in Somalia, and non-military targets such as international donor offices and humanitarian assistance providers. Al-Shabaab retains its demonstrated capability to carry out attacks in government-controlled territory in Somalia and in neighboring countries such as Kenya and Djibouti.

In fact, al-Qa'ida and its affiliate, al-Shabaab, have attacked targets in Kenya for years. Since late 2013, there have been numerous attacks killing hundreds and causing injury to hundreds more within the Nairobi area, along the coast, and in the northeastern region of the country. Most of these attacks occurred in northeastern Kenya, mainly in Wajir, Garissa, and Mandera counties. The most deadly of these took place on April 2 at the Garissa University College, where al-Shabaab terrorists killed 148 people, primarily students, and wounded many others. Grenade and improvised explosive device attacks have occurred in Nairobi, including the January 2014 attack at a restaurant in the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. In 2014 and 2015, the Mombasa area had at least eight such attacks. 

Boko Haram, an extremist group based in northeast Nigeria, has claimed responsibility for many attacks, mainly in northern Nigeria. Thus far, 2015 has seen a continued increase in Boko Haram attacks and clashes with Nigerian government security forces in northern Nigeria. Boko Haram has also targeted women and children for kidnapping, reportedly kidnapping women in northern states for marriage as "slave brides." Boko Haram is known to descend on whole towns, robbing banks and businesses, attacking police and military installations, and setting fire to private homes. U.S. citizen missionaries in northern Nigeria have received specific written threats to their safety and well-being, although none have yet been harmed. Boko Haram has carried out attacks in Cameroon's Far North Region, and has targeted foreign expatriates, tourists, and government leaders in this region.  In Chad, the entire Lake Chad region – not only Chad's border with Nigeria – is vulnerable because of rising activities by Boko Haram. 

U.S. citizens considering travel by sea near the Horn of Africa, the Gulf of Guinea, or in the southern Red Sea should exercise extreme caution, as there have been armed attacks, robberies, and kidnappings for ransom by pirates. The threat of hijacking to merchant vessels continues to exist in Somali territorial waters and as far as 1,000 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia, Yemen, and Kenya in international waters. There has also been a recent rise in piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea, including hijackings.

U.S. government maritime authorities advise mariners to avoid the port of Mogadishu and to remain at least 200 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia. In addition, when transiting around the Horn of Africa, the Gulf of Guinea, or in the Red Sea, it is strongly recommended that vessels travel in convoys and maintain good communications at all times. U.S. citizens traveling on commercial passenger vessels should consult with the shipping or cruise ship company regarding precautions that will be taken to avoid hijacking incidents. Commercial vessels should review the Department of Transportation Maritime Administration's Horn of Africa Piracy page for information on maritime advisories, self-protection measures, and naval forces in the region.

SOUTH ASIA: The U.S. government continues to receive information that terrorist groups in South Asia may also be planning attacks in the region, possibly against U.S. government facilities, U.S. citizens, or U.S. interests. The presence of al-Qa'ida, Taliban elements, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, indigenous sectarian groups, and other terror organizations, many of which are on the U.S. government's list of designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations, poses a potential danger to U.S. citizens in the region. Terrorists and their sympathizers have demonstrated their willingness and ability to attack locations where U.S. citizens or Westerners are known to congregate or visit.
The presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups poses a danger to U.S. citizens throughout Pakistan. Across the country, terrorist attacks frequently occur against civilian, government, and foreign targets. Attacks have included armed assaults on heavily guarded sites, including Pakistani military installations and airports. The Government of Pakistan maintains heightened security measures, particularly in the major cities. Terrorists and criminal groups regularly resort to kidnapping for ransom.
No province in Afghanistan should be considered immune from violence and crime, and the strong possibility exists throughout the country for hostile acts, either targeted or random, against U.S. and other foreign nationals at any time. Elements of the former Taliban regime and members of other terrorist organizations hostile to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and foreign nationals remain active in every province of the country.  Furthermore, travel to all areas of Afghanistan remains unsafe due to ongoing military combat operations, landmines, banditry, armed rivalry between political and tribal groups, and the possibility of insurgent attacks, including attacks using vehicle-borne or other improvised explosive devices. U.S. citizens are increasingly targeted for kidnapping. The threat situation in Afghanistan is still considered critical and is expected to remain so through the current political and military transition.
India continues to experience terrorist and insurgent activities which may affect U.S. citizens directly or indirectly. Anti-Western terrorist groups active in India include Islamist extremist groups such as Harkat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami, Harakat ul-Mujahidin, Indian Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Lashkar-e Tayyiba. Past attacks have targeted public places, including some frequented by Westerners, such as luxury and other hotels, trains, train stations, markets, cinemas, mosques, and restaurants in large urban areas. Attacks have taken place during the busy evening hours in markets and other crowded places, but could occur at any time.
CENTRAL ASIA: Supporters of terrorist groups such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, al-Qa'ida, the Islamic Jihad Union, and the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement remain active in Central Asia. These groups have expressed anti-U.S. sentiments and may attempt to target U.S. government interests.

EAST ASIA AND PACIFIC: Information from credible sources suggests that there is a continued risk of armed terrorist and criminal groups operating and planning attacks against foreigners, including U.S. citizens, in the East Asian and Pacific region. Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and the Abu Sayyaf Group, have cells operating throughout Southeast Asia and JI is linked to al-Qa'ida and other regional terrorist groups.   

There is a risk of travel to the southern Philippines, specifically related to kidnapping threats in the Sulu Archipelago and the ongoing threat of violence on the island of Mindanao, particularly in Central Mindanao.

Over the past year there have been several kidnappings-for-ransom targeting foreigners in the Eastern Sabah province of Malaysia and in the southern Sulu Sea area by terrorist or insurgent groups based in the Sulu Archipelago of the Philippines. In addition to incursions on the coastal and island resorts themselves, criminal or terrorist bands may attempt to intercept boats ferrying tourists in the area.
Indonesian security forces have disrupted a number of terrorist cells, including JI, a terrorist organization that carried out several significant bombings in Jakarta and Bali over the past decade. Although Indonesian counterterrorism efforts have been successful in preventing terrorists from conducting large-scale attacks in recent years, extremists in Indonesia may demonstrate a willingness and ability to carry out small-scale violent attacks with little or no warning. 

U.S. government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert.  These facilities may temporarily close or periodically suspend public services to assess their security posture.  In those instances, U.S. embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens.  U.S. citizens abroad are urged to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

For further information:
·      See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.
·      Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency
·      Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Last chance to send in FATCA Reform Letter

We are pleased to report that after 2 days our FATCA grassroots campaign has yielded an excellent response! We asked you to message members of Congress asking them to sign the Congressional letter to the Treasury Secretary and IRS Commissioner in support of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) Same Country Safe Harbor reform.
More than 3,000 of you have participated!  Nearly 10,000 messages have been sent to your Representatives and Senators asking them to sign the letter and throw their support behind this common sense reform to provide relief to Americans abroad from the burden of FATCA reporting.

(more information [from the IRS] on
FACTA - the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act:
IRS.gov/Businesses/Corporations/Foreign-Account-Tax-Compliance-Act-FATCA

Please help us send that number soaring towards 20,000 messages! We need your help URGENTLY!

The sponsors of the letter (Rep Maloney and Rep Mulvaney) anticipate “closing it off” to signatures at the end of this legislative session – that’s the end of this week! We need to demonstrate that there is growing momentum in Congressional support for this reform in order to keep the letter open to more signatures. The more signatures on the letter the louder the call coming from Congress for Treasury and the IRS to act.

If you have not yet participated, please send your message to your Senators and Representative RIGHT NOW, reminding them about the letter and asking them to sign it.
It’s easy.
1) Click here - Democracy.io/#  -  and enter your U.S. voting address to compose a message to your elected representatives
2) Either copy and paste (or perhaps personalize) the suggested message below or write your own polite and succinct message urging your members of Congress to sign the letter in support of the Same Country Safe Harbor that Representative Maloney and Representative Mulvaney are circulating.
3) Let us know who you have contacted by filling out this very very short questionnaire HERE  -  SurveyMonkey.com/r/DA-SafeHarborCampaign  -  so that we can amplify your voice and continue to put pressure on Congress. (We're in the process of calling all the contacted representatives, so knowing who yours is makes sure yours gets a call too!)
We have collected feedback from campaign participants and have prepared a few notes that may be of assistance if you should have any problems using Democracy.io, the Congressional messaging system for this campaign.  Please see "Troubleshooting” at the very end of this email. You might also be interested in the Wall Street Journal Opinion
piece that just came out about the Safe Harbor campaign.
Thank you for participating in this important initiative to fix FATCA. If you’d like to further support FATCA reform efforts, please make a contribution by clicking here.


SUGGESTED MESSAGE ENCOURAGING ELECTED OFFICIALS TO SIGN THE CONGRESSIONAL LETTER TO TREASURY AND THE IRS IN SUPPORT OF THE FATCA SAME COUNTRY SAFE HARBOR FOR AMERICANS ABROAD

SUBJECT: Congressional Sign-On Letter supporting the FATCA Safe Harbor for Americans Abroad or Tax

I live in [country of residence] and I vote in [state] District [number if known].
Americans living outside of the United States like me are bearing the unintended, but serious consequences of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The law was, of course, intended to discourage and apprehend US citizens hiding untaxed earnings in foreign financial accounts. The reporting requirements FATCA imposes on us and on our banks were never intended to impact ordinary, middle class, law-abiding Americans abroad. However, due to FATCA our financial accounts are being closed, our relationships with our non-American spouses are under strain, some of us are being denied roles, promotions or partnership in business and some are planning or contemplating renouncing their US citizenship. Some have already done so.

We need help urgently.

The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Americans Abroad Caucus, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Representative Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), have drafted a letter to the Treasury and IRS in support of a reform to the FATCA implementation rules which would resolve the problems that FATCA causes for 90 percent of Americans abroad: the FATCA Same Country Safe Harbor for Americans abroad.

Representative Maloney and Representative Mulvaney are circulating the letter on Capitol Hill. I strongly urge you to join your Congressional colleagues in signing this letter in support of the FATCA Same Country Safe Harbor. There are 8.7 million Americans living outside the US. We vote, we file tax returns and we are calling on you to help us by fixing this law that has so badly impacted our financial and personal lives.

Please sign the Congressional letter to Secretary Lew and Commissioner Koskinen in support of the FATCA Same Country Safe Harbor for Americans abroad. Please contact Natalee Binkholder (Natalee.Binkholder@mail.house.gov ) in Rep Mulvaney’s office or Max Whitcomb (Max.Whitcomb@mail.house.gov) in Rep Maloney’s office with any questions and to deliver your support.

Thank you for your help and thank you for serving.

Regards,
[Name]
[City], ]Country]


TROUBLESHOOTING
This advice on using Democracy.io is drawn from the experience of campaign participants over the last 2 days. It may be helpful for you in “troubleshooting” if you should have any difficulty using the system:
  • A very small percentage of participants have reported that the Democracy.io system does not recognise their US Voting Address. We have reported these to the Democracy.io administrators.  
  • The system needs your US Voting Address to find your members of Congress to message.  If Democracy.io can’t find your US Voting address and, therefore, cannot send your message then please go to the websites of your elected representatives (Representative and 2 Senators) and use the email messaging function to send your message directly.  All members of Congress have a messaging system too, so that constituents may contact them.
  • Your US Voting Address is the address where you last lived prior to relocating outside of the USA. This question was forwarded to us several times.
  • Democracy.io may also ask for your US telephone number.  Many members of Congress require that messages from constituents include a US telephone number and the system will not send the message if the sender does not provide all the information requested by the member of Congress.
This message is paid for by the Democratic Party Committee Abroad Democrats Abroad
PO Box 15130
Washington, DC 20003
United States
Telephone: +1-202-621-2085 +1-202-621-2085

It is being sent to you because you are a member of one or more of these Democrats Abroad group(s): DA International and DA International.
I have moved back to the US and want to be moved to the DA US Alumni group.
I have moved back to the US and want to be removed from the DA membership list.
I have moved to another country or chapter area and want my membership to be transferred. Please send us your new address.
I want to be completely removed from membership in ALL groups in Democrats Abroad.
I want to continue my DA membership but receive only Voter Information emails.


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

TIRES • Llantas - Where to find Llantas • TIRES in Costa Rica - Best Selection • Cheapest Prices


Noel M shared that the TIRE STORE SALES
come out in
MONDAY's - La Nacion newspaper!


Also, check the tire stores Facebook page as often they post specials there!!!


Speaking of Facebook, ESPECIALLY if your Spanish is limited, what I'D do it send them a PM-Private Message PLUS post the size I was looking on in their Facebook page.
I'd write it in English BUT ALSO - I'd Translate.Google.com it & put the Spanish part on top.


BEFORE YOU GO:
I'd CALL JUST as I was going to make sure they had your tires in stock THOUGH - you might want to give them a couple days notice if it's a chain as they may not have it at the one closets to you BUT - if they have any level of Customer Service - maybe you'll get lucky and they can transfer what you need to the store closest to you.  Note this MAY be bit challenging to get them to do as they usually like to have them pre-paid so hopefully you can do that with some ease (in Costa Rica, most credit card transactions MUST be accompanied by a signature - hence why you can't often order on the phone, etc.)

Sunday, July 19, 2015

RIDESHARES • RIDE SHARE • CARPOOLING • CARPOOL • SEEKING A RIDE • HITCH HIKING & Getting around by BUS - around Costa Rica



With gasoline in Costa Rica at nearly $6 a gallon - many people might be seeking a cheaper way to get around. 
RIDE SHARE - aka RIDESHARE • CARPOOLING
can be a cool option and LOTS cheaper
(PLEASE people - don't be a cheapo - CONTRIBUTE towards gas, parking and wear and tear!!!  Do YOU remember how expensive owning a car was???)

I've started to created a list of resources for various RIDE SHARE (aka RIDESHARE • CARPOOLING) around Costa Rica!

Friday, July 17, 2015

COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE • COMUNIDAD VENTA GARAJE • CLEAN OUT THE CLOSET • MOVING SALE • PROMOTE YOUR PRODUCT • BUSINESS SALE - in Escazu (Trejos Montelegre), Costa Rica!!!


Monthly • INDOORS (rain or shine!)
COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE •
MOVING SALE •

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!! 

PLUS

DONATION DROP OFF for
things for Dia de Madre and Dia de Niño
(collecting things till August 8)

(on-going Listings) - GARAGE SALES•VENTA de GARAJE • FLEA MARKETS•MERCADO de las PULGAS • MOVING SALES•VENTA de TRASLADO • ESTATE SALES•VENTA de BIENES INMUEBLES • YARD SALES • THINGS FOR SALE • CONSIGNMENT SALES • VENTA de la CASA por la VENTA • REMATE • NOS VAMOS - APROVECHEN la OFERTA! • GRAN VENTA de GARAJE por MOTIVO de VIAJE & Where to find USED THINGS in Costa Rica


Since SOOOOO MANY people seem to be moving away from Costa Rica and/or needing some $$ or looking to lighten their loads, I've created this page where you can find or list the latest

GARAGE SALES•VENTA de GARAJE • FLEA MARKETS•MERCADO de las PULGAS • MOVING SALES•VENTA de TRASLADO • ESTATE SALES•VENTA de BIENES INMUEBLES • THINGS FOR SALE • VENTA de la CASA por la VENTA • REMATE • NOS VAMOS - APROVECHEN la OFERTA!  • GRAN VENTA de GARAJE por MOTIVO de VIAJE & Where to find USED THINGS in Costa Rica 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

I'M SEEKING A CHEAP (or DONATION•GIFT to show your appreciation for what I do with sharing this blog with you) DIGITAL CAMERA &/or USED SMART PHONE

Does anyone have a EASY to use DIGITAL CAMERA they're not using or are selling for really cheap or that they'd like to donate for me to use for my blog things/sharing information??

Mine disappeared when I was giving love to a street dog in a park in Nicaragua & I was lost without it because I couldn't complete over 1/2 things I needed to for the free facebook page I'm creating to help ExPats in Costa Rica doing visa runs to Rivas (a great location for getting cheap meds).

I don't need anything fancy - though ideally be pretty good for backlight, inside shots & videos.

My "Smart Phone" (Samsung) died & all I have is a VERY BASIC NOT smart phone & I ideally could use a used Smart Phone where I can get a plan where I can be my own Hot Spot. So I guess it needs to be an iPhone 4S? or more or a Samsung or ___??

Anyone have one they're not using - cheap or to donate to "the cause"
(my MANY free Information & photo sites to help make your life in Costa Rica easier - like:
LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com

or trade for some Tourism Marketing or Facebook Marketing help??)

I'm back in Escazu but there's always the mail or having someone bring it.
Email me at
LivingLifeInCostaRica@gmail.com

THANX for considering it!!!



Vicki Skinner

CINEMAS • MOVIE THEATERS / CINE's in Costa Rica

(one of the AWESOME plush oversized electric recliners at the VIP theatre at Nova Cinema's in Avenida Escazu!!)


MOVIE-GOING INFO
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Movie Theaters in Costa Rica are called "Cine"

Costa Rica has many first run movies though they don't always come out right away/upon release (like Mamma Mia which came to Costa Rica MONTHS after it was released!).

Most movies are in English with Spanish Subtitles "Doblada".  “Hablada en Español” is in Spanish with English Subtitles [though not always with the subtitles so be wary if you don't habla Español all that well!).  A lot of movies for kids are “Hablada en Español”.

Movies in Costa Rica usually change on Friday.

Wednesday is Discount Day (except for VIP & iMax theatres)

It's hard to go back to regular theatres once you've done the VIP Theatre!!

DETAILS below!!!

Do YOU Have SOMETHING TO GET RID OF•SELL but no place to sell it? Space is available at an On-Going Monthly Community Garage Sale • Mini Flea Market & Clothing • Shoes • MakeUp • Jewelry Swap•Sale • Promote Your Business•Product Sale

ENGLISH:
DO YOU HAVE THINGS TO GET RID OF•SELL?
OR
Something you make?  Something to Swap?
Want a venue to Promote your Business??


Don't have the space?  Don't want the security risk of people coming to your home?
Want more traffic &/or to tap into the Escazu market?

Come sell them at the
ON-GOING

  COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE • Moving Sale • Mini Flea Market • Promote your Product•Business • Clearing it Out and MORE Sale

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

GAM Cultural FREE ART CITY TOUR - FREE ENTRANCE to some of Costa Rica's most popular museums!!! - July 15 • September 16 & November 20, 2015 - San Jose, Costa Rica

GAM Cultural is hosting their 33rd edition
ART CITY TOUR
"Vacaciones en Chepe"
• "Holidays in Chepe"
facebook.com/events/409252392608432

BUS TOURS  •  BIKE•BICICLETAS TOUR  •  GUIDED WALKING TOUR•PIE •
Create your own INDEPENDENT TOUR
ALL
FREE!!!!!!!!


Visiting museums, galleries, and other cultural activitites in
San Jose, Barrio Amon and Barrio Escalante!! 
During the tours, visitors have free access to all participating cultural venues and transport units authorized for tonight.


WHEN:
TONIGHT - Wednesday - July 15, 2015 - 5-9pm
(MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR THE LAST 2
GAM CULTURAL FREE ART CITY TOURS
OF 2015:
 
Wednesday September 16 and Friday November 20)

HOURS:
Museums are open from 5-8:30pm

BUS TOURS:
Buses Start at 5:30pm.  Last bus Departs at 8:50pm
(Note there will be Pictures taken at each stop
[so if you're hiding out, you might not want to participate in this event])

PARTICIPATING MUSEUMS
(open from 5-8:30pm)

MUSEO de ARTE y DISENO CONTEMPORANEO
 (Museum of Contemporary Art and Design)

LOCATED:  in the Centro Cultural Nacional - Avenida 3, Calle 15 y 17 in the old CENAC building
facebook.com/MuseoDeArteYDisenoContemporaneo   •   MADC.cr

MUSEO NACIONAL (the National Museum)
facebook.com/MuseoNacionalCR  •  MuseoNacionalCostaRica.go.cr
LOCATION:  Avenida Central y Segunda/2nd - The entrance is on the front side of the building - opposite Plaza de la Democracia

MUSEOS DEL BANCO CENTRAL (museums of the Central Bank)
facebook.com/MBCCR   •   MuseosDelBancoCentral.org
LOCATION:  Downstairs at Plaza de la Cultura

MUSEO DE JADE • Jade Museum and pre-Columbian Culture
facebook.com/pages/Museo-del-Jade/264873963714419
LOCATED:  in the headquarters of the Instituto Nacional de Seguros

MUSEO de ARTE COSTARRICENSE (Costa Rican Art Museum)
facebook.com/pages/Museo-de-Arte-Costarricense/1665017057062600
LOCATION:   the East end of Sabana Park


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SPONSOR


GAM Cultural
Gran Área Metropilitana Cultural
facebook.com/GAMCultural  •  facebook.com/ArtCityTour   •   GAMCultural.com



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BUS TOUR
Buses run between 5:30pm and 8:50pm from these points.
    
   


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BIKES•BICICLETAS TOUR
(organizado por Chepecletas - facebook.com/ChepeCletasCR)
MEETING:
WHEN:
7pm
WHERE:
Parque España - in front of the main INS building
and ride together to each museum!


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RESERVATIONS
Since they're planning on moving at least 1,000 people,
RESERVATIONS are a MUST if you're doing the Bus Tour!! 
Make reservations online and select your starting point



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Thursday, July 2, 2015

4th of July 2015 - Where to Celebrate U.S. Independence Day in Costa Rica!


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My blog seems to have become THE MAIN places to find DETAILS on various events • places • restaurants • fireworks • bars celebrating
4th of July U.S. Independence Day - 2015
I'll be enhancing•updating this list up to the last minute so keep checking back for LOTS of old fashioned Americana 4th of July FUNNNN!!!! 

 (like usual in Costa Rica - details tend to come out more late minute!!).
(WOW!!  This page got OVER 700 Page Views in just 2 days!)
NOTE:
I am adding things that actually have a 4th of July theme - not just a bar/business with live music or an non-American related food special that happens to fall on the 4th of July.


PLEASE email me DETAILS if you see something to add here!


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4th of July EVENTS LISTED HERE SO FAR:

American Colony of Costa Rica THE MAIN U.S. ExPat 

4th of July Celebration
Alajuela

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SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS SHOW
Avenida Escazu

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SAN RAMON
OPEN PARTY
at 
Steve and Dianne Fischer 


ARENAL•FORTUNA

GUANACASTE
Santa Cruz


SOUTHERN ZONE
UVITA

Live Stream from the
GRATEFUL DEAD Farewell Tour


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(See the bottom of the page on how to add other events!!)