Because of my inability to think of new topics to write about, I have changed my newsletter up just a bit.  Instead of sending it out two times a month, we will be sending it out at the first of each month.

I invite my readers to write about your experiences with Costa Rica.  As you can see, almost any topic has been discussed. If you have any thoughts or comments about your life or upcoming life in CR, write about it.  We would all love to hear what you have to say.

As I said in my autobiography, when we came here we were told it was Paradise and each morning on the Radio 99.5 (English speaking radio station) Evan Luck closes his morning news with comments about this being Paradise.  For someone that has just come to live here, it might not seem so much like it.  Problems and culture get in the way and make it more than frustrating at times.  I envision Paradise as being a place where you don’t have such problems and confusion but who am I to say.

Write me about your experiences here both good and bad.  I would love to hear from you and promise your comments will be posted.  If you want to write an article without commenting on one of these entries, email me at and I will post it myself.

I know there is a lot of talented writers out there that can put a different twist on things than I do.  I’m anxious to hear what you have to say.


113 Telephone Information

The telephone company has been told to charge by the minute for information calls to 113. The service is expected to be cheaper for users, according to the regulating agency.

The service has been free because the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad failed to produce a telephone book for 2005. But the company, known as ICE, is being allowed to start charging again on Sept. 1 now that new books are being distributed and telephone users have the option of looking in the book or calling information. The current rate is only temporary because the company is going to present additional evidence about the cost of operators and seek an adjustment.

The previous rate was 28.8 colons no mater how long. Now the rate will be 4.1 colons per minute during peak hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 2 colons per minute from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

A colon is about two-tenths of one U.S. cent.