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An Expat Talks about Living in Grecia, Costa Rica

Submitted by LAZYCSUE

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Grecia

Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.

I was looking forward to decreased medical costs and living costs in a perfect climate with amazing flora and wildlife. I am retired and dreamed of sitting outside drinking my coffee in the morning while enjoying the birds at the feeders and wonderful temperatures.

How has your expat experience met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?

Absolutely. I have not had to make use of the medical system as yet which from reports sounds less than ideal. I plan to take out private insurance to avoid the pitfalls of govt. funded medical care. The weather is exactly as I had hoped although I was only here throught 2 months of the wet season...Oct. and Nov. I have found the Ticos to be helpful and they have had many opportunities to take advantage of my ignorance in figuring out the correct amount to pay for things, only to correct me and return any excess I try to pay them. My landlord has been wonderful and will assist in taking me places and helping with the language barrier for a very nominal fee...just over the cost of a bus trip to town.

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How has your expat experience NOT met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?

I am concerned about the medical care here. The cost of living is much higher than stated in most articles about the country, however, low rent helps make up for this. I did find that I wanted a car shortly after moving here which was not really a surprise. I have never had experience with the public transportation systems.

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