Many foreigners are drawn to Costa Rica because of the natural beauty, friendly people, and Pura Vida relaxed lifestyle. The foreigners also share ideas about what is frustrating about life in Costa Rica. These relate to bus rides, work, and walking through a city street.
When a girl gets on a crowded bus she will have to climb through and over people. Guys refuse to move out of the way for her to pass so she has to touch them to get through. Gross! If she got on a less crowded bus, it wouldn’t change much. She would sit down only to find that 3 minutes later someone is sharing her seat without invitation! People don’t sit on their seat only. They slump onto the seat and person next to them. This goes not only for their body, but their stuff. The chicken they are eating falls on the lap of the guy next to them. The near pornographic “newspaper” they are reading is draped over the girl next to them. The dust from a girl’s nail file, the hairspray, and the makeup she is using in public ends up all over the 5 people closest to her!
A foreigner often gets none of the benefits offered by the work law in Costa Rica, yet is held to all of the rules. In foreign countries the typical work day lasts 8 hours including an hour lunch break. In Costa Rica the lunch break is not paid, which means being at work for 9 hours. It’s hard for foreigners to get used to, especially those who are coming from certain European cultures who work only 6 or 7 hour days. Another way that employers frustrate foreigners is by calculating their holiday and vacation day pay to be a lower rate than what they actually normally make daily. If they normally make $40 per day they will be paid about $26 as their “daily rate” for vacation days.
After surviving the bus ride and long work day a guy might want to get some fresh air. He gets off the bus downtown and is greeted by rain! Half the year has afternoon rain showers. Naturally, he takes out his umbrella and starts to walk on the right side of the road. He is met by people walking in chaotic patterns all over both sides of the road. Then he is bombarded by men trying to sell him an umbrella even though he clearly already has one. He is exhausted and just wants to go home. At least the rent is cheap in Costa Rica so he can afford a nice place to call home!