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Old 03-25-2010, 05:41 PM   #21
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Will check VRBO, would be a great pain-saver for me to get in contact with an anglosaxian owner / landlord, when (if..) trying to establish myself in a latin-country.
No guarantee that you'll get and English speaking landlord or owner

In Guadalupe, in Martinique, and in Spain, my wife had to do all the communication in French or Spanish (including when we actually arrived and met the owners).
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You could retire as a pensioner in Costa Rica with $1000 per month minimum and get a residency visa. If I was single that's what I would do........surf all day, drink all night.........
When investigating prospect-countries, to start a new life in, I like to check out the hipermercados. Found this in Costa Rica.

Bienvenido a Auto Mercado

Seems as wine are not Costa Ricas strongest attraction, when comparing with Argentine, South Africa, Australia, Uruguay, Chile.

However, this is just one out of many variables. A minor one. I guess access to sweetwater, pacific- and caribeean fishing would be of greater importance for me.

On the net I found traces of duty-free goods shopping upon ARRIVAL in Costa Rica. Not common.. and they mention wines + cuban cigarres.
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:52 PM   #23
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No guarantee that you'll get and English speaking landlord or owner

In Guadalupe, in Martinique, and in Spain, my wife had to do all the communication in French or Spanish (including when we actually arrived and met the owners).

Money are the real lingua franca. In Costa Del Sol they want to be latin, but reallity force those catering non-latin (90%) expats to produce at least some part of the deal in a mutual understood language.

Foolish as I was.. I didnt protest when singning some documents in spanish, which I had to regret later. Water, Endesa (electricity) meter-readings was manipulated, lost aprx 50 - 100 eur.

Costa del sol landlords know every trick, and a few moore, how to earn some extra pesetas when making long term contracts.

Owner-direct seem more thrustworthy

Ps. Endesa of Spain are a nightmare to communicate with.. Ds.
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We have rented several housed over the years using vrbo. The houses we rent can be a little pricey since they are in a surfing/turisty area. However, we rented a huge 4 story house with a bad ass outdoor living area last summer for 2K per month which I didn't think was that bad for what the house was. Had a separate appartment on the first floor and a lookout deck on the fourth. House slept 10. All the houses we have rented were owned by gringos so Spanish was not a problem. Stuff is much cheaper in the Central Valley I think.
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I understand early retirement from a fruitful career. I'm not sure I understand early retirement before a real career path is actually entered.

Can someone explain what one does when one retires so very early from the work world?

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Old 03-26-2010, 09:24 PM   #26
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I understand early retirement from a fruitful career. I'm not sure I understand early retirement before a real career path is actually entered.

Can someone explain what one does when one retires so very early from the work world?

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I think Pepto's reasons for retiring at such a young age are not the sort of reasons most of us would like to retire for.


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Medical, severe stress / "chronic" post-traumatic, in current habitate. Crime victim (commited by a psykopath, protected from prosecution by goverment claiming neuropsychiatric handicap)

I "won" after a half decade of debacle / juridical nightmare, in which the goverment booth represented me and IT-self. A tragic flaw in the system, lost my health + faith in society.

When living somewhere else, no stress. Are ex-military. Faith in the society wich to serve are crucial for motivation when working.

Though I am guaranteed full retirement until 65, when I become age-retired, I will be able (if I want) to work at least part-time within a few years. But doubt I will.

Yes, disability. handicap, no.
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Old 03-27-2010, 07:26 AM   #27
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So this is like the witness protection program? A forced retirement to be escaped from something?

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