Costa Rica

ISBN-10: 0761456627
ISBN-13: 9780761456629
Edition: 2011
List price: $15.95
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Corporation
Publication date: 10/7/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

The CultureShock! series is a dynamic and indispensable range of guides for those travellers who are looking to truly understand the countries they are visiting. Each title explains the customs, traditions, social and business etiquette in a lively and informative style.

Introduction
Acknowledgements
Dedication
Map of Costa Rica
First Impressions
Overview of the Land and History
History
Modern Politics
Dismantling a Nanny State
Education and Literacy
The Country
Farming and Land Distribution
Provinces and Towns
Protected Areas
The Environment
The People
Black Costa Rica
Indigenous Peoples
Nicaraguans
Gringos
Quakers
Religion and Witchcraft
Values and Attitudes
Women
Homosexuality
Social Customs and Attitudes
To 'Quedar Bien'
Gestures
Conversation Topics
Insults
Bribing and Bargaining
Flirting and Romance
Gossip
Piropos
Names and Surnames
Nicknames
The Pulperia
Dress Style and Body Image
Survival Skills
Getting There
What to Bring from Home
Accommodation
Telecommunications
Where the Streets Have No Name...
Getting Around
Buying a Car or Bringing Your Car to Costa Rica
Health
Banking and Money
Shopping
Crime
Newspapers and the Media
Food and Entertaining
Basic Tico Fare
Sweet Stands
Fruits and Vegetables
Afro-Caribbean Food
Coffee
Dining and Entertainment Etiquette
Enjoying Costa Rica
Cultural Background
Guanacasteco Culture
Sports
Free Time
Activities, Hobbies and Sports to Pick Up
Fiestas
Calendar of Events/Fiestas
Learning the Language
Voseo
Vos or Usted
Tiquismos
Afro-Caribbean English
Business Practice and Customs
What Kind of Business?
Red Tape for Foreign Workers in Costa Rica
Types of Companies
Rules for Employers
Business Customs
The Business Environment
Fast Facts
Heroes and Villains
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Places of Interest
Culture Quiz
Do's and Don'ts
Glossary
Resource Guide
Further Reading
About the Author
Index

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