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Your Photos Could Be Product Placements
One day soon, our society will be ruled by an all-intrusive advertising technique in which individuals are paid to walk around 24/7 holding a product next to their wide-smiling faces.


4 Kms Does Not A 6 Lane Highway Make
After some 30 years of planning, start and stop and then start again, last week the expansion of the autopista Fernando Prospero and the highway to Caldera, was officially inaugurated, although there still remains entire sections of first phase of the highway to be completed.

"How to Make Coffee A Great Cup of Coffee" 
It is very simple to make a great cup of coffee, you just need to learn a couple a thing to move your process from just an average cup to great. Here are some tips on how to make coffee so that you will get the most enjoyment out of your gourmet coffee.

Why ICE Is Stalling 3G
ICE, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad and the only provider of cellular service in Costa Rica has been falling behind in installing the next generation of cellular network known as 3G.

Customer Service Eludes State Institutions Like ICE and INS
In order for ICE - the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad - or what foreigners and visitors called "ice"to compete in a free market and competition, it has to make some notable changes, like learn something about customer service and learn to compete among other items.

Buying Foreclosures in Costa Rica
Foreclosure properties in Costa Rica might just be the lucrative investment deal you've been waiting for in today's waning real estate market. Property foreclosures are just as common in Costa Rica as are anywhere else, and as always, they are an excellent option for a serious investor.

Crude Oil Prices Falling, Gasoline Prices in Costa Rica Rising. Uh?
The price of a barrel of crude oil on international markets has been falling, while the price of a litre of gasoline has been rising. Why? Because, in simple terms, we are getting the shaft.

A New Cold War in the Caribbean?
Ever since the Monroe Doctrine, the U.S. has seen the Caribbean in the way that the Romans viewed the Mediterranean: Mare Nostrum, Our Sea. From the Spanish-American War through the Cuban missile crisis and the Central-American dirty wars of the Reagan era, Washington was always quick to flex its muscle over the rum-soaked waters that stretch from Florida to Venezuela. The bad news: it ain't our sea anymore, gringos.?

Bogotá, Colombia, A Modern and Vibrant City
Bogotá — officially named Bogotá, D.C. (D.C. for "Distrito Capital", which means "Capital District"), formerly called Santa Fe de Bogotá, is the capital city of Colombia, as well as the most populous city in the country, with 7,033,914 inhabitants (2007). Unofficially, the number of inhabitants is believed to be more like 10 million.

Costa Rica Suspected of Having Bananas of Mass Destruction
The US announced today it will be invading Costa Rica based on evidence that the central American country is in possession of bananas of mass destruction.

Long-Lived Costa Ricans Offer Secrets to Reaching 100
At the age of 101, Abuela Panchita is still a social butterfly.

Many Online Gambling Operators Use Prostitutes... And Some Marry Them
Prostitution is legal in the online gambling Mecca of Costa Rica. In fact, it has become one of the biggest employers of attractive women of all ages... and some who are not so attractive.

Renting in Costa Rica
Whether you are renting for month, a year or more, or are a tenant or landlord, there are myths and misconception about the rental laws and how they are applied. The following is not intended to be a legal opinion, but rather a layman's understanding of how rentals work in Costa Rica.

Bananas!
Costa Rica’s banana industry, now second to the the tourism as the country’s number one earning industry, continues to expand to meet the demand of a growing international market.

The Life of Your Dreams
The fact is; you could not have dreamed of the new and exciting life possible here. The cultural generosity of the people, the excitement of doing all of the things you never had time for, the health benefits of unprocessed food, clean air, and exercise, the lack of mosquitoes, 12 month outdoor living, the access to low cost and QUALITY health care, the lack of traffic in the rural areas etc, can open your life here way beyond your wildest dreams. Many, MANY of us quit working to live and here we begin living to work at the most fun and interesting activities we can dream up.

Medical Care At a CCSS Hospital – A Different Kind of Story
Have you ever been treated in a CCSS (Caja) hospital? Probably not. But most of you have heard stories about inefficient service, uncaring personnel and long lines.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly About Costa Rica Forums
With a growing number of people relocating to Costa Rica and many waiting to do so, a number of forums have sprouted up on the Internet. A wide range of information is disseminate daily through these groups.

The Four "Gringo" Lies in Costa Rica
Costa Ricans always often joke that the three biggest lies in Costa Rica are: el zarpe (the last drink of the night), Te Pago Mañana (I will pay you tomorrow), and a third, which cannot be published in a "family" publication.

"Time" names iPhone "Invention of the year"
Time, has named Apple's iPhone the "invention of the year", following up on last year's  YouTube and  the main reason is that the iPhone is "pretty".

With Costa Rica's mail, it's address unknown
Pity the poor Costa Rican postman. Sure, he doesn't have to deal with sleet or snow. But consider what passes for an address here:


Blues in the Boondocks
For the past 25 years I have been helping people relocate to Costa Rica. During that time I have had the opportunity to observe where people settle and how they fare in different areas of the country.

Costa Rica Names New Rocket
The contest to name the world's biggest rocket is over and the winning name is El Conyo De Su Madre. The runner up names were Mohon Grande and La Putica Sussia.

Ottón Solís A Poor Sport
Ottón Solís, the leader of the Partido Acción Cuidadana (PAC), former presidential candidate and promoter of the "No" movement against the Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC), just cannot take to losing.


Costa Rica Has No `Plan B' for U.S. Free Trade Deal
Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez said his country's us$21.5 billion economy will lose investment and jobs if voters don't back a free trade accord with the U.S. in a national referendum on Oct. 7.


The Father of Costa Rica Coffee and the Costa Rica Church
William Le Lacheur was born on 15 October 1802 and was baptized Guillaume Le Lacheur (using the French version of the forename) in the parish church of the Forest, Guernsey on 31 October by his parents Jean Le Lacheur and Marie Suzanne (née Allez). He was named after his grandfather, Guillaume Allez, who was also one of his godparents.

My Thoughts On Costa Rica
After 13 hours of travel, I arrive in Costa Rica. As I left the airport, my excitement flourished. I sit in the back seat of a smal car, window down. My dead lay on my hand, rested upon the window sill. Green explosions encompassing the earth, whether welcomed or not, it does not matter.

Mind Your P's and Q's in Costa Rica
A quick trip to Costa Rica taught me plenty about this up-and-coming business destination.

What is a Lunar Eclipse?
A lunar eclipse occurs whenever the Moon passes through some portion of the Earth's shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. Hence, the Moon is always full during a lunar eclipse. The type and length of an eclipse depend upon the Moon's location relative to its orbital nodes. The most recent total lunar eclipse was on 3 and 4 March 2007.

Green-speak in Costa Rica
Some things naturally go together: beach vacations and sunburn, airplane seats and neck stiffness, five-star hotels and five-figure bills for a week's stay.

South America's western coast is a seismic hot spot
The same forces that formed the Andes Mountains produced the magnitude 8 earthquake that struck Peru's southern desert region Wednesday night: the collision of two massive tectonic plates along South America's western coast.

Bite of the Vampire: Bat Breath Gives Clue to Shifting Latin American Environment
Research published in the Journal of Comparative Physiology has shown that Latin American vampire bat populations have switched blood meals from rainforest mammals to cattle, which indicates the changing of rainforest ecosystems into pasture land. The move has resulted in the expansion of vampire bat numbers.

Costa Rica To Confiscate Private Land
The government of Costa Rica has informed U.S. citizens that the land they own in Costa Rica will become government property as of September 1. 2007. The reason given is that they are strapped for money because of snow storms which have covered the tourist rich mountain top resorts.

TLC – Is It Right For Costa Rica?
The TLC, (CAFTA), has brought out a great deal of propaganda as to how it will be great for Costa Rica and all Ticos. The lastest international corporation to campaign here is General Electric – GE. Recently Lloyd Trotter, Vice President of GE made a “campaign tour” to sell the TLC. Also on this propaganda mission were President Oscar Arias, Roberto Dobles, ministro de Ambiente, and the ministro de Comercio Exterior, Marco Vinicio Ruiz.

Scavengers jobless as Costa Rica cleans up trash
Costa Rica, an eco-tourism haven of volcanoes and tropical wildlife, is cracking down on its stinking garbage dumps, putting scavengers who made a living from collecting rubbish out of work.

Poverty and Violence in Times of Peace
Twenty years after the signing of the agreement that laid the foundations for peace in Central America, the economic and social causes of the civil wars that shook the region are still in place, and represent latent threats of new conflicts, analysts warn.

Retire in Latin America (This week's Hot News from AOL)
That was this week's headline on AOL New that caught our attention with this description of Costa Rica"

Is August 2 a Holiday?
The answer is simple. Yes. And, No. It all depends on who you ask.

The Non Sensicals Of Our Traffic Laws
Traffic laws in Costa Rica are upheld by the Dirección General Policía de Tránsito, with some 800 officials or Tránsitos as their known, who patrol the highways and bi-ways of the nation.

Our Reasons Why The "Extra" Is So Popular
Costa Ricans love their Extra and some say is the most popular daily newspaper in the country and even claim to outsell the La Nación. That fact can be confirmed by the fact that by late morning, finding a copy of the Diario Extra at the local news stand is practically impossible.


Using the Multi Pagos Public Telephones
When you had just gotten to know how to use one or more of the various public telephones, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) - the state telecom monopoly - comes out with a new public telephone.

The Wait is Almost Over
Apple’s revolutionary iPhone™ will go on sale today at 6:00 p.m. at Apple® retail stores nationwide. All 164 Apple retail stores in the US will stay open until midnight, and customers can purchase up to two iPhones on a first come, first served basis.

Costa Rican Guys "Way Cooler" than Stern Guys
Reports out of Costa Rica have confirmed that local Costa Rican guys are "much cooler" than Stern guys. "They are not only cooler, but also more chill and about twice as laid back" said Jane True, who traveled here with nine Stern classmates.

Costa Rica Driver's Manual
First off, not all drivers in Costa Rica are bad drivers and not all bad drivers are Costa Ricans. Many foreigners who live here have become “Tico” drivers and they spend a lot of their time cursing all the "other" bad drivers on the road.