over on the great consumer blog QuienPagaManda.com, their tip of the week concerns something people should know about using credit cards in costa rica:
¿Le ha sucedido que cuando va a pagar un artículo en un comercio le indican que le harán descuento solamente si paga en efectivo, pero que no se lo realizarán si paga con tarjeta?
¿O le ha pasado que en el negocio le dicen que le aceptarán la tarjeta (de débito o de crédito) a partir de compras de ¢1.000 o más?
has a business ever told you that you could receive a discount on an item if you used cash and not a credit card, or said a card purchase had to be for at least 1,000 colones or more? well those are both common, and illegal business practices.
charlotte siems heffner posted a chart of measured rainfall 2002-2011 over in the PV open forum on facebook. the one pattern that emerges is that there is not much consistency year on year. also, it doesn’t appear clear that global warming has changed the weather here, as some have contended over the last couple of years. anyhow, here is the data, draw your own conclusions!
so, we rang in 2012 in customary puerto viejo style, with a ton of illegal fireworks. well, *we* didn’t personally, but it seemed like there were more bombetas this year than ever before. there were lots of things going on in town, and lots of tourists visiting to attend them. traffic was jammed up on main street with all the cars rolling in from around the country. beach break in cocles was packed with people during the day from christmas until yesterday, but today, the second, a monday, it looks like most people have rolled back to san jose to get to work, with the exception of some “ninis” with a homemade parrilla soaking in the sun with a cooler of imperials.
2012 is shaping up to be a good year, and hopefully we can get motivated to post more. we’re also going to be relaunching and working with puertoviejo.net to see if we can’t improve on and breathe some life into puerto viejo’s oldest website (we think) which has been up on the internets since january of 1998.