- Paperback: 177 pages
- Publisher: Hilary Borner Pubns (July 31, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1895270219
- ISBN-13: 978-1895270211
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,819,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Potholes to Paradise: Living in Costa Rica - What You Need to Know Paperback – July 31, 2001
Part diary, part travelogue, part advice column, Borner artfully walks readers through every step of their relocation to Costa Rica -- Tico Times, November 1st, 2001
From the Publisher
Co-owner of Posada Mimosa Bed & Breakfast, Tessa Borner hopes her "Potholes to Paradise" guide book will help others avoid the investment and adjustment mistakes she and her husband Martin made when they moved to Costa Rica from just outside of Toronto in 1994. The book retraces the couple's decision to re-locate to Costa Rica and build and operate their B&B in the rural Central Valley community of Grecia, about an hour northwest of San José.
And the 177-page, black-and-white result, illustrated with family photographs, is at its best when relating personal experiences - with builders, lawyers, real estate agents and the country's private Clinica Biblica Hospital, where Martin received triple by-pass surgery in 1993. The health section may be particualrly helpful to Canadians, with advice on urging a reimbursement from Canada's socialized medicine for treatment received in Costa Rica.
The Borners also provide valuable tips, based on their own foibles, for dealing with contractors and government bureaucracy. "We were away for extended periods while construction was supposed to be going on. Do not start construction unless you can be present at all times," she wisely advises.
Borner is a skilled writer who excels when telling her own story and is obviously in love with her new life in Costa Rica. The book provides valuable insight into this Canadian couple's experiences in Costa Rica - experiences that many foreigners, struggling with a new culture and language would also encounter.
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> rainforest, it's quite easy to land in a Costa Rican crater. A perfect
> analogy to international travel and living as a whole, Tessa Borner has
> written a friendly and familiar roadmap to approaching the pitfalls found
> in everything from setting up a business to approaching a social life in
> Costa Rica. This is not a guide for the backseat traveler; this guide is
> intended for those at the wheel, steering them carefully away from the
> dangers and annoyances known only to those with real practical experience
> and wisdom.
> Descriptions of how to approach banking, contracting, and legal
> issues are easy to follow and read more like suggestions from a close and
> trustworthy friend than from a lawyer. Despite one particular suggestion
> being to hire a lawyer immediately upon making the decision to set up a
> business, the advice of a lawyer - just like the advice of any paid
> professional - would fall far short of the creative approaches to living
> and enjoying life in paradise suggested in Borner's book.
> This book is the backseat driver you would wish to travel with
> while embarking on the path of opening a business in Costa Rica
Tessa and Martin's adaptation has not been easy. This book is to spare us aggravation and time by spelling out in detail how to conduct business without getting snagged by culturally intrinsic rules - often invisible to the outsider. The reader learns from the process they went through - all the "potholes" that one would not expect or even look for. Tessa has an eye for and interest in detail, and it is a joy to see Costa Rica interpreted through the eyes of an astute cultural observer with a fascination for all the little cultural innuendos. This ability is why she is running one of the most successful and elegant Bed and Breakfasts in Costa Rica.
I have been to Posada Mimosa, and it is close to paradise because the Martins remove all of the "potholes" from your stay.