Culture Shock! Costa Rica

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CultureShock! Costa Rica is an indispensable companion for anyone who wishes to live and work amongst Central America's famously friendly people. Life in Costa Rica often turns out to be more complicated than it seems at first glance but this book will not only help you quedar bien (be on good terms) with the Ticos, it will also provide practical tips on how to settle down in the country, such as where to stay and how to get around. Learn about local attitudes and tradition, and how to maneuver through the ...
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Overview

CultureShock! Costa Rica is an indispensable companion for anyone who wishes to live and work amongst Central America's famously friendly people. Life in Costa Rica often turns out to be more complicated than it seems at first glance but this book will not only help you quedar bien (be on good terms) with the Ticos, it will also provide practical tips on how to settle down in the country, such as where to stay and how to get around. Learn about local attitudes and tradition, and how to maneuver through the country's business customs and environment. CultureShock! Costa Rica will help you adapt to this intriguing society while appreciating its fascinating and unique qualities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558686922
  • Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Culture Shock
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     vi
Acknowledgements     x
Dedication     xi
Map of Costa Rica     xii
First Impressions     1
Overview of the Land and History     8
History     9
Modern Politics     25
Dismantling a Nanny State     31
Education and Literacy     33
The Country     37
Farming and Land Distribution     40
Provinces and Towns     42
Protected Areas     47
The Environment     56
The People     64
Black Costa Rica     68
Indigenous Peoples     72
Nicaraguans     82
Gringos     84
Quakers     86
Religion and Witchcraft     87
Values and Attitudes     92
Women     103
Homosexuality     104
Social Customs and Attitudes     107
To 'Quedar Bien'     108
Gestures     110
Conversation Topics     112
Insults     113
Bribing and Bargaining     113
Flirting and Romance     113
Gossip     115
Piropos     116
Names and Surnames     118
Nicknames     119
The Pulperia     121
Dress Style and Body Image     121
Survival Skills     124
Getting There     125
What to Bring from Home     127
Accommodation     127
Telecommunications     131
Where the Streets Have No Name...     134
Getting Around     137
Buying a Car or Bringing Your Car to Costa Rica     142
Health     143
Banking and Money     151
Shopping     153
Crime     156
Newspapers and the Media     159
Food and Entertaining     161
Basic Tico Fare     162
Sweet Stands     168
Fruits and Vegetables     168
Afro-Caribbean Food     171
Coffee     171
Dining and Entertainment Etiquette     175
Enjoying Costa Rica     177
Cultural Background     178
Guanacasteco Culture     184
Sports     187
Free Time     193
Activities, Hobbies and Sports to Pick Up     194
Fiestas      202
Calendar of Events/Fiestas     203
Learning the Language     208
Voseo     214
Vos or Usted     215
Tiquismos     216
Afro-Caribbean English     220
Business Practice and Customs     221
What Kind of Business?     224
Red Tape for Foreign Workers in Costa Rica     226
Types of Companies     228
Rules for Employers     230
Business Customs     231
The Business Environment     232
Fast Facts     244
Heroes and Villains     247
Acronyms and Abbreviations     257
Places of Interest     258
Culture Quiz     262
Do's and Don'ts     269
Glossary     274
Resource Guide     282
Further Reading     290
About the Author     296
Index     297
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