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CultureShock! 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 manoeuvre 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

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Map of Costa Rica
  9. Chapter 1 First Impressions
  10. Chapter 2 Overview of the Land and History
    1. History
    2. Modern Politics
    3. Dismantling a Nanny State
    4. Education and Literacy
    5. The Country
    6. Farming and Land Distribution
    7. Provinces and Towns
    8. Protected Areas
    9. The Environment
  11. Chapter 3 The People
    1. Black Costa Rica
    2. Indigenous Peoples
    3. Nicaraguans
    4. Gringos
    5. Quakers
    6. Religion and Witchcraft
    7. Values and Attitudes
    8. Women
    9. Homosexuality
  12. Chapter 4 Social Customs and Attitudes
    1. To ‘Quedar Bien’
    2. Gestures
    3. Conversation Topics
    4. Insults
    5. Bribing and Bargaining
    6. Flirting and Romance
    7. Gossip
    8. Piropos
    9. Names and Surnames
    10. Nicknames
    11. The Pulpería
    12. Dress Style and Body Image
  13. Chapter 5 Survival Skills
    1. Getting There
    2. What to Bring from Home
    3. Accommodation
    4. Telecommunications
    5. Where the Streets Have No Name...
    6. Getting Around
    7. Buying a Car or Bringing Your Car to Costa RIca
    8. Health
    9. Banking and Money
    10. Shopping
    11. Crime
    12. Newspapers and the Media
  14. Chapter 6 Food and Entertaining
    1. Basic Tico Fare
    2. Sweet Stands
    3. Fruits and Vegetables
    4. Afro-Caribbean Food
    5. Coffee
    6. Dining and Entertainment Etiquette
  15. Chapter 7 Enjoying Costa Rica
    1. Cultural Background
    2. Guanacasteco Culture
    3. Sports
    4. Free Time
    5. Activities, Hobbies and Sports to Pick Up
    6. Fiestas
    7. Calendar of Events/Fiestas
  16. Chapter 8 Learning the Language
    1. Voseo
    2. Vos or Usted
    3. Tiquismos
    4. Afro-Caribbean English
  17. Chapter 9 Business Practice and Customs
    1. What Kind of Business?
    2. Red Tape for Foreign Workers in Costa Rica
    3. Types of Companies
    4. Rules for Employers
    5. Business Customs
    6. The Business Environment
  18. Chapter 10 Fast Facts
    1. Heroes and Villains
    2. Acronyms and Abbreviations
    3. Places of Interest
  19. Culture Quiz
  20. Do’s and Don’ts
  21. Glossary
  22. Resource Guide
  23. Further Reading
  24. About the Author
  25. Index