Everyday Life In Costa Rica: RTV

There are three initials that cause nearly every Costa Rican to groan when they hear them. No, I'm not talking about TQM (te quiero mucho), although many do groan when they hear that since it's cheesy. I'm talking about RTV: The annual vehicle inspection required for all Costa Rican cars, trucks, vans, taxis, buses, and basically anything else with wheels except wheelchairs and oxcarts. Having a car in Costa Rica is very useful, and I actually couldn't envision living where I do in the mountains Read more [...]

Come On Feel The Ruido: Speaker Cars

"You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements." --Norman Douglas,South Wind I'm not sure how "deep" that quote is, but I like it. As we saw in a previous post about "shock and awe"-style advertising campaigns, if you want to sell something in Costa Rica, it's best not to be too subtle in your techniques. Grab a hold of that microphone, turn the volume up to 11, and go to town --just keep shouting until you force potential customers into submission (and into your store). But what if Read more [...]