The general definition of street smart is someone who is intelligent, has good common sense, knows how to handle bad situations, possesses shrewd awareness of how to survive or succeed in any situation, and has the skills necessary to function where they live especially as a result of living or working in a difficult environment.
On my monthly relocation/retirement tours my clients often ask me, “Chris, what is you forte? I respond by saying that I am not a lawyer, economist nor do I have an MBA in business, but what I bring to the table can help anyone who wants to move to Costa Rica. First, I have lived Latin America for more that half of my life. I have advanced degrees in Latin American Studies and the Spanish language and have authored over ten books on living in Latin America including three bestsellers about Costa Rica. However, what I feel that I really have to offer is my understanding of the inner workings of the country, my common sense and general street smarts.
Experience is everything and I have plenty of it. I really know the country and its people. I have been confronted every imaginable situation during the time I have lived here and been a survivor. As I tell my clients, “Costa Rica isn’t for everyone. There are challenges everyday. However, if you feel at home here, you’ll never want to leave.”
Over the years I have met Costa Ricans from all walks of life and have a valuable network of connections all the way up to former presidents of the country. The people I know can get almost any thing done and resolve most problems.
As a result of my contacts I have thrived here and become very successful. In my books and on my award-winning tours (Latin America-Asia Travel Award for the most outstanding tour) I share my survival tips and secrets and network of contacts with those seeking to move here. In fact, I am often hired as a consultant by foreigners who already live here who are seeking expert advice.