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    Martin P. Rice(Author)

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In October, 2000, the author and his wife moved from California to Costa Rica to begin a new life in a new country. Martin had a theory that retiring to a foreign country would present so many challenges as to make it impossible to fall into a rut, to bec

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  • PDF | 296 pages
  • Martin P. Rice(Author)
  • Xlibris (September 20, 2004)
  • English
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  • Travel

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  • By Winter on June 15, 2009

    The book is interesting in that it describes the experiences of a couple settling in Costa Rica and working to integrate themselves into the country and its culture. The information provided is very general in nature as it was compiled from letters the couple sent to people in the USA and little effort was made to expand on any of the topics by doing research. For example they mention that after several years they decided to move from the house they built at the coast to a farm that was closer to the hospitals and shopping areas near the capital and that they selected a architect based in San Jose. No information is provided as to how they selected the architect or having built a house on the coast what mistakes they would not have made if they had known more and sharing that information with the reader.Many pages are devoted to the author's wife and her experiences with raising a infant bat and later with the subsequent care of other bats which I found neither all that interesting and irrelevant to a book that purports to provide information for people interested in moving to Costa Rica. It seems to have been added as filler which had there been an editor would have been edited out of the book.The author undoubtedly has a great deal of useful information that would be relevant for others contemplating or actually making a move to Costa Rica, even if it is on what not to do, but this information is still largely in his head as he has not bothered to commit this to paper. There has also been no effort to update information that was accurate in the 2000-2003 timeframe, such as in getting permanent residency, availability of telephone and internet access services, medical care, insurance, etc. but has undoubtedly changed in the past 6-10 years.It is unfortunate that Don Rice has been either unable or unwilling to update this book and to edit out sections that are not of general interest to people planning to live in Costa Rica. Its relevancy has diminished with each passing year and provides less and less value for the reader's dollar.

  • By Dog Brindle on February 26, 2014

    AT HOME IN COSTA RICAADVENTURES IN LIVING THE GOOD LIFEMonths away from retirement, Martin Rice the author of this story and his wife Robin decide to take a honeymoon. They go to Costa Rica and fall in love with the place. Sounds like the perfect romance novel doesn't it? While there, sitting on the beach watching the sun set they realized it to be the perfect place to retire. Martin 63 retired after 25 years, from the University of Tennessee teaching Russian Language and Literature and also was a retired CEO of a software firm in California. They decided to move right then and there, so the next day they checked out the real estate offerings and found some property to develop. They were now new land owners in Costa Rica, they moved seven months later.They moved into a rental property while they built their dream home Casa Pacifica—a huge spread of prime farmland—complete with swimming pool, a stable barn for horses, and out buildings and Robin could continue with her wild life and veterinarian interests.Martin kept a detailed account of his experiences in this new foreign country which took on the form of twenty-nine lengthy emails—letters to friends back home in the U.S.—He starts on the day they arrive, Friday October 20, 2000.If you are thinking of moving to another country like Costa Rica, this book is for you. In a humorous way Martin explains from beginning to end, the pros and cons of building a house in a foreign country. In this case he builds not one, but three.The patience you gain the longer you live there. The problems you come across with: language, money and banking, inferior technology, customs, the police (Fuerza Pública), the crime and civil war, obtaining a driver's licence, the highway system, medical care, the rainy season, buying a car, food, telephones, wages and almost everything else you could think of or need to know with a few good tips on getting to the front of lines in banks and government agencies and fitting in with normal routines of daily life. Half of that would deter me.On their farm, Robin an animal lover, adopts horses, dogs and possums and fruit bats, especially one bat they named Batboy. They plant trees, and plan a hill top garden while fighting off an endless stream of army ants.Martin also takes the opportunity to perfect his Spanish, reading newspaper after newspaper, and book after book in Spanish and conversing with the native people. Now that's immersion! He admits that Costa Rica has done wonders for his health, losing about 35 lbs. and lowering his cholesterol and blood pressure.In general, he has mastered the secret to a happy long life, patience. From the hectic life of the United States to the laid back life style of the Costa Rican, where there's no hurry much, to do anything.A perfect place to retire. I really enjoyed this book, I give it five stars. He hinted there might be a sequel.Michael Estey

  • By Mr. Z on March 29, 2013

    I have never been to Costa Rica and I may never make it out there. However, I found the book to be rather entertaining. The book is a collection of emails sent to the author's friends and family while he was living in Costa Rica. Honestly, it made me feel that the letters I write to friends and family back home are inadequate.The drawback to this book is that we don't know how the story ends. From what I can tell, the author has moved back to the mainland. I would like to know what happened. I wish that I could get some kind of closure.

  • By M. Worth on July 16, 2006

    I am enjoying the events as they build in what sounds like a very beautiful place. I will be visiting Costa Rica soon, and am reading as much as I can about CR before I go. When I am there, I will decide if I could adapt to life there on a full time basis. I find myself thinking that living in a less populated area, as the Rice's do, would appeal to me much more than the city life. The book is very discriptive, and I can see the picture he is painting in words. I was only disappointed about one thing... The website listed in the book does not exist. I was looking forward to seeing the pictures he speaks of in the book.

  • By John R on November 12, 2006

    This is a great book talking about a couples experiences making the move from the states to Costa Rica. Building two homes. It talks about the upsides and the problems they encountered along the way. I found it very entertaining. Kind of brings you back home to Costa Rica. Enjoyed hearing the stories of daily life in paradise as well as the pitfalls along the way. The book gives you a real feel of this couples experience of adapting to a new country. Not a retirement book but one that is very entertaining for those infatuated with life in Costa Rica.Pura Vida!!

  • By Horst P. Tuckow on March 15, 2006

    Real world experiences of the many daily activities you can anticipate when a Gringo moves to God's country!very helpful, even entertaining.


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