Saturday 17 April 2021

Let’s talk about Costa Rica instead of ranting about how bad it is “back home.”

(EXPAT FOCUS) Let’s talk about Costa Rica instead of ranting about how bad it is “back home.” It’s easy to get carried away prognosticating about America and how bad things are there now and projecting even worse for the future.

The situation is not improving… it is not getting better and more and more people are saying “what the hell, just let a few old people die…It’s worth it to get back to normal.”

The countries that handled the situation correctly are recovering… those who didn’t… well, let’s see how a second wave looks.

- Advertisement -

The biggest problem of all is that no one really knows what to believe any longer. That ain’t gonna change for a long, long time.

Back to Costa Rica.

No one likes the mandatory lockdowns, closures, and lack of tourists but guidelines and rules are, for the most part, being followed. There is very little complaining even though a substantial number of the population is currently “out of work” and without a paycheck.
Schools are closed and everything now is virtual… but there are very few smiles these days and it is becoming tedious, boring, and certainly no fun for anyone.

But everyone accepts the rules. “It is what it is.” No strikes, no violence, no rioting.

- Advertisement -

Is Costa Rica “that different?”

Most of us know that teachers in Costa Rica and taxi drivers go on strike… and they have their own unions and they almost always get concessions when the strike because the country cannot live without their services… AND because it is accepted.

But… other than most Costa Ricans being more passive and less angry… more easy going… no one can really predict what will happen if the borders remain closed for “too long”… and no, no one can predict what “too long” means. There are virtually no “subsidies” here and no help from the government monetarily.

In fact, the opposite is the case… the government monetarily is in crisis mode, virtually being unable to borrow additional funds to keep the very doors open ( its bonds were recently downgraded to the lowest possible investment grade last week )… and it is raising prices and taxes wherever possible… but the problem is that most people cannot even afford to eat. So the extra charges on water and electric as well as other taxes will essentially go unpaid.

But one of the biggest unspoken fears is Nicaragua.

No… not the fear of being invaded or even primarily of infections from across the border. The real question is “ when it comes time to pick the sugar cane or coffee or tend the crops, WHO will do it?”

- Advertisement -

Exports are a huge part of the country’s income… but Nicaragua provides nearly all of the manual labor to keep the wheels turning.

No one has an answer yet for this one. Without the income from tourism and exports… the country loses a substantial amount of its revenues.

Will crime increase? Will the borders open soon? Will there be a substitute for workers from Nicaragua or will they be allowed to enter and resume work with an examination of health? Will the government be forced to borrow additional funds forcing them into even more concessions… either from traditional sources OR from China?

Will there be an increase in crime as many predict? We have already seen hints of it happening. Will many of the expats leave as prices are being raised and crime is increasing… and take their money with them?

And lastly… will the people of Costa Rica demonstrate for an end to the lockdowns, the lack of money and an unsure future? … like much of the rest of the world?

Stay tuned.

- Advertisement -

FACT CHECK:
We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Randy Berg
My name is Randy Berg … and I am, I guess, officially an “old guy”. Now, my best guess is that you are thinking something along the lines of “why should I give a sh.. ?” And you will have to be the judge of that as one of the editors of this online “newspaper” asked me if I wish to contribute my writings. And no, that does not mean that you will like my writing. But I hope you do… and I want to start by telling you that my writing is a little different than most. I don’t use flowery language and I usually write too much on each subject, mainly because I don’t know of any other way to write. It is what it is. I write from the heart and I tell it exactly as I see it.

Related Articles

Extension of driving priviliges for tourists has not happened yet

EXPAT FOCUS - We wish that it were true, but claims...

The Ultimate Guide to Moving to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the world’s most desirable ex-pat locations...

MOST READ

Comptroller’s Office calls for more municipal coordination to face consequences of the GAM’s urban growth

QCOSTARICA - The Contraloría General de la República (CGR) - Comptroller's Office - demands greater coordination between the municipal authorities of the center of...

Cause and Effect: Semana Santa and reduced restrictions taking its toll

QCOSTARICA - The relaxed restrictions of the month and in combination with Semana Santa has resulted in an increase in cases, almost double that...

Frontier resumes direct flights to Costa Rica from Miami and Orlando

QCOSTARICA - Low-cost airline Frontier Airlines announced, this Thursday, April 15, the resumption of direct flights to Costa Rica with two new routes to...

National Police will monitor compliance with capacities and restriction of vehicles due to the increase in covid-19 cases

QCOSTARICA - The increase in covid-19 cases forces the Ministry of Security to intensify actions to verify compliance with sanitary measures. Daniel Calderón, director of...

Ruta 32 closed again, third night in a row!

QCOSTARICA - For the third consecutive night, the Ruta 32, which connects San José with Limón, was closed from 7 pm Friday and until...

India Overtakes Brazil as Second Worst-Hit Country by COVID-19

Q24N - The death toll from the coronavirus infection in the world has topped 2.93 million; over 136 million cases of the infection have...

What inspired digital nomads to flee America’s big cities may spur legions of remote workers to do the same

Q REPORTS - If one thing is clear about remote work, it’s this: Many people prefer it and don’t want their bosses to take...

Work on the Circulavacion Norte Resumes

QCOSTARICA - The Minister of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT), Rodolfo Méndez Mata, signed Friday afternoon the extension of the addendum with United Nations...

Avianca to fly direct San José and Miami starting July 1

QCOSTARICA - Avianca airlines announced that starting next July 1, 2021, it will fly daily non-stop between San José (SJO) and Miami (MIA). The Colombia...

WANT TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST!

Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.