OCCOM BILL wrote:
The exchange rate in Costa Rica appears married to the US Dollar. There has been a daily devaluation of a fraction of a percent for over 30 years. Currently you get a little over 400 Colones for each US Dollar.
Hmm, pegged is dangerous. I wonder if it's pegged.
I am going to try and take advantage of this for the import of specific tech items that are prohibitively expensive there, but quite cheap here.
Look into the taxes. In my experience the only way to make an easy profit with imports to third world countries is to cut out the tax in any way possible.
The taxes are usually complex and layered.
Ticos I met who have lived in the States have reported the same sadness as your Brazilian friends about the coldness and unfriendly atmosphere. This is precisely my motivation for the move.
Yep, I really miss it. The agression and aloof attitudes in America are a stark contrast to good humoured friendly people.
Seeing what appeared to be an entire culture of people who place money much further down on their priority list made me question my own greedy motivations. I'm thinking total liquidation of assets and envisioning a more modest lifestyle for myself.
Yep, as a teen there were times when I had very little money in the US. I remember thinking the pressure to buy brand names was ridiculous. In other places people are far less materialistic and it can be refreshing.
Any advantages I've earned here are multiplied 5-fold there anyway, but my desire is to forget about the rat race. I must work
but I don't wish to be consumed by it.
Look into teaching English. I worked as a teacher, translator and interpreter. Translating and interpreting is rough (translating is tedious and interpreting is fierce).
But teaching high levels of English is usually "conversation class". I used to get paid a handsome sum just to sit and talk with bright people at the top of their businesses.
It was the best job I could imagine.
I came stateside to get an education, but I'll go back to that life.
Crime seems to be the biggest Con that keeps surfacing. Considering I have no need to visit the shady areas I really think this is kind of a non-starter when compared to where I live now.
Yeah, crime means you change your habits. But there is an advantage. In those countries the crime is very prevalent but it is very rarely gratuitous. That is America's speciality.
So in other countries the crime is more predictable.
According to what my Tico friends tell me; most crimes in San Jose are at knifepoint and you are far less likely to be hurt if you cooperate.
This is very true. I have been robbed over 50 times. Heck sometimes the theives would leave me money to get home. In the US this is different. MAny young hoodlums are out just to hurt people.
So in poor countries I just kept money in each pocket and was never out for much.
One time I was robed and then there were two subsequent attempts to rob me that night. I just told them I'd already been robbed and they left me alone.
There is a lot of "nuisance" robbing.
I am curious; what specific first world benefits do you miss when you are outside of the US?
I missed the beauty. Poverty is not pretty at times. But most of all I just missed seeing things work.
In poor countries there is a lot of acceptance for basic things simply not working.
Regular blackouts are "just life" and things like that.
Where do you live in the US?
And, why if you are happier in Brazil are you not there?
I want to get an education. After that I can return to Brazil, but have more options if I choose to then leave Brazil.