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Costa Rica - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Culture & Customs [Kindle Edition]

Jane Koutnik
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships.

Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include


* customs, values, and traditions
* historical, religious, and political background
* life at home
* leisure, social, and cultural life
* eating and drinking
* do's, don'ts, and taboos
* business practices
* communication, spoken and unspoken


"Culture Smart has come to the rescue of hapless travellers." Sunday Times Travel

"... the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries." Global Travel

"...full of fascinating-as well as common-sense-tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas." Observer

"...as useful as they are entertaining." Easyjet Magazine

"...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world." New York Times



From the Trade Paperback edition.


Editorial Reviews

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Culture Smart! has come to the rescue of hapless travellers, Sunday Times Travel - ...the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries, Global Travel - ...full of fascinating, as well as common sense, tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas, Observer - ...as useful as they are entertaining, Easy Jet Magazine - ...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world, New York Times.

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Culture Smart! has come to the rescue of hapless travellers, Sunday Times Travel - ...the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries, Global Travel - ...full of fascinating, as well as common sense,

Product Details

  • File Size: 681 KB
  • Print Length: 169 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1857333241
  • Publisher: Kuperard; Reprinted edition edition (April 22, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003IN4ANE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,213 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
As another reviewer said, any information of real value found here, is also posted on the web for free. But what bothered me even more, was that the exact same descriptions of how Ticos are laid-back, how mutually positive social relations trump most everything else, and how their sense of time or urgency is also very casual... is repeated nearly verbatim in every chapter, and in practically every paragraph of every chapter.

I really felt like even the Kindle price was a rip-off, there's a surprising lack of real substance here. The book could have been cut down to 1/2 to 1/4 it's length, and still lost nothing. It's basically an essay, fluffed-out into a "book." Very disappointing, though a few tidbits were interesting. I kept thinking I had somehow accidentally gone backward while reading, because I kept reading the same things over and over, and over again.

The first sections on the history of the country aren't original information either - just summaries of existing history books, covered in a simple time line.

I finished the entire "book" in two subway rides. And, it isn't any kind of reference guide I'd refer to again. The latest version is revised but it wasn't obvious to me (unless I overlooked it) what exactly has been updated. One or more chapters provided a list of web links, but in many places throughout the book, the year 2004 or 2005 was referenced.

So, I think even the revision was superficial and weak, yet again making me feel like I'd been had. Don't know if I can get a refund, but will be trying.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happiest people of the world January 10, 2010
Format:Paperback
This is a nice review about Costaricans (Ticos), we are a kind of peace-and-love people, very Glad to be born in the happiest nation of the world, willing to share our happiness with everybody: gringos, nicas, europeans, panas, etc. We expect foreigners to become costaricans . . . yes after 2 months to stay with us we will tell you ohh now you are a Tico. For sure you have to take a nature "Pura Vida" trip to our Tropical Paradise.
Yes it is true that we have a "mañana sindrome" and let the future to God. But trust me we are not a macho society, we are a mathriarchal society, the wives keep their maiden names, the children belongs to their mothers as in the nature (that is why some american mothers take their children here escaping from USA-macho-laws) and actually our women use to take the iniciative to get their men. We know that our best value is ourselves, we love each other tico. Just be glad, nice and "Pura Vida" . . . ohh and please do not rush.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good Costa Rica book. June 27, 2013
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I travel internationally frequently and always attempt to learn as much information as possible about the country I am visiting prior to the trip. I found this book to be very, very helpful. The book covers just about every aspect of the culture from visiting different parts of the country to conducting business.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Costa Rican Culture Book Review November 7, 2010
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This book is exactly what I was looking for. It provided all the cultural, political, historical, and tourist information I needed. I would recommend it for anyone planning on visiting Costa Rica.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short & Sweet January 9, 2013
By wflmw
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Lots of good details, not too much.

Good information about the culture, geography, climate, political situation, currency, humor, customs.

good travel size for referencing
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting October 24, 2013
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This is a very interesting collection of general information about Costa Rica. I have not been there yet, so I can't vouch for the accuracy. A lot of the information is probably available at various websites, but this has it all in on little book.
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