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    When Will The Transito Put An End To Street Racing (Piques)?

    Rico’s TICO BULL – It is midnight, one, sometimes even two in the morning, in front of my computer in Piedades de Santa Ana, I can hear the roar of engines and screeching times not from too far away. This occurs a couple of times a week. Every week. On a number of occasions, the […] More

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    Satire: Two Bags Of Chinese Cement For A New Account At The BCR

    The happy days of banking are back at the State bank, the Banco de Costa Rica (BCR). In an attempt to woo customers, the bank has taken the unusual decision to offer two bags of Chinese cement to all customers opening an account at the bank. The promo comes with “as long as supplies last”, […] More

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    The BULL and BAD Parking In Costa Rica

    Breaking the bad parking habit can be hard. For the longest time, anyone could park anywhere and mostly without consequences. The least from the Policia de Transito (traffic police), whose officials were powerless to move or ticket parked vehicle if (as in the most cases) the driver was not present. But that all changed on […] More

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    Something is wrong here…the con job is over!

    Rico’s TICO BULL – Last Saturday, I had the occasion to visit the Irazu volcano. Didn’t get to see much, it was late in the afternoon and clouded over. Besides it was a cool 11 Celsius (52 Fahrenheit) at 3,432 meters (11,259 feet) above sea level, for which, other than the 5 minutes braved in the […] More

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    The U.S.A. Is Not America!

    Invariably, in gatherings of Americans, Ticos and other Latins, the subject of what is America comes up. Growing up in Canada, someone from the United States of America is called “American”, while everyone north of the 49th is “Canadian”. However, south of the U.S. border, like in Costa Rica, though I have had similar conversations […] More

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    Do You Sit In The Back Seat or Front?

    Hail a cab or call an Uber in any city in the U.S. or Canada and the driver will likely look at you funny if you get in the front seat. But in places like Costa Rica or Colombia, opting for the backseat is considered rude and snobby. This is but one of the customs […] More

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    Time To Put A Stop To Costa Rica’s “Pura Birra” Culture

    EDITORIAL – Costa Rica’s Judicial System Broken. Really Broken. Once again we have proof that Costa Rica’s judiciary system is broken. I mean really broken. Once too many times we have seen a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs kill and be set free to, well, probably leave the country and away from […] More

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    A Synopisis of the Cementazo Scandal

    Rico’s TICO BULL – So far I have stayed away from reporting the Cementazo (cement scandal). In the words of a dear friend, it’s just gotten boring. In fact, the first few stories in La Nacion daily are about the Cementazo. At the risk of boring you here, here is a brief summary of the […] More

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    What Is Winter Like In Costa Rica?

      While still in the Canadian north, Toronto actually, as winter nears and many start to look south for their escape from the cold and snow that they know well is around the corner, one of the most often asked questions of yours truly is, what’s winter like in Costa Rica? Costa Rica does not […] More

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    You Can’t Take Pictures of Public Buildings In Costa Rica?

    Rico’s TICO BULL – Journalist Freddy Serrano writes on social media he was verbally and physically assaulted by a private security guard, by the last name Santos, at the Antigua Aduana (old customs building) while taking photos of the building, a public building, and from the sidewalk. Freddy writes, “Santos told me that I could not […] More

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    “Pop”, Major League Baseballs Made In Costa Rica

    While in Toronto (Canada) this week, I got a chance to a see Blue Jays baseball game on Saturday. And true to Jays’ style this season, they lost. Saturday’s game was the second of the three games with the Yankees, winning on Friday, losing Saturday and probably lose today, Sunday, the last home game of […] More

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