Ticos (someone born and raised in Costa Rica), no matter if they have money or not, are not used to just go to the store to buy new because they might not find it or can’t afford it. They try to find a way to make things work, one way or the other. Those who also living in Costa Rica, although they’re not born and raised here, quickly learn how to make things work in Costa Rica, out of sheer survival.
The fact that the Costa Rican government taxes everythingthat is imported makes it not only more expensive, it is also very well possible you won’t find a replacement available. You have a real good chance that you can’t get any spare parts either because the model is not current or the importer went under.
You’d be surprised how good Ticos are at inventing ways to make things work and even in finding weird solutions to a problem or a shortage they might have and if you are living in this beautiful country, you know what I’m talking about. The locals call it a MacGyver, I call it survival and a different lifestyle.
Check out 9 different jaw dropping ways that show how Ticos make things work that will make your jaw drop:
No time to ask for the restroom, what now?
The hand soap supplier didn’t show this week
How can we make the bus stop more comfortable? (photo courtesy: Solo en Costa Rica)
The coffee maker went bust, what now? (photo courtesy of Solo en Costa Rica)
I can’t find a car dealership that sells the head light of my car, what now? (photo courtesy of Varas Extrañas en Tiquicia)
The bridge is down and the river is too deep, can you help?
My car doesn’t fit in the carport and nobody uses the sidewalk anyway.
In Costa Rica we have a PriceSmart greeter too
The rents are much too high for us and look at all this available shelf space!
Not every solution Ticos come up with is a smart one. I have seen cars turn around or drive in reverse on the freeway because they missed their exit.
The other day a driver parked his car on the yellow line right in front of the San Jose fire department and the fire trucks couldn’t get out during an emergency for 10 minutes until the driver showed up. The driver was mad that they disturbed him in his diligence; he thought his solution for a parking problem was not an issue.
You will find lots of Ticos who will stop in a no-parking zone, on a roundabout or at a bus-stop to talk on their cellphone because they don’t want to get caught driving while talking on the phone.
If you have been living in Costa Rica long enough to show some inventive ways to make things work like a Tico, or like they say “like a McGyver”, feel free to email me with samples and I will add them to this article.
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