Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I've Been Asked to Explain our mail system...

how the mail works here.

I remember when we lived in the states and I would question Rusti about sending her a birthday card or such...she would try to explain it to me...but we mail receivers just can't seem to comprehend the no mail concept.

So here it is:

Basically, Costa Rica does NOT have a government run mail delivery service. The equivalent of our United States Postal Service. Many roads don't even have a street name much less a house address. Our home is home # 43 in our housing tract, however we don't have a street name. No one has mailboxes...oops that is not true. I did find a cute housing tract here that has mailboxes however they are better spider homes then mail deliverers. Of course I have a picture of the mailboxes...somewhere.

So we can get a package shipped here, but it comes through Miami and then we pay a small fortune to pick it up here at the local DVD rental store. Oh, and we have to keep checking in with them to see if it has arrived. They won't call and tell us.

So mail here gets delivered through private companies like UPS, but the mail takes forever...and is costly.

The missionaries here get their mail through the church's pouch system. I'm not sure exactly how that works.

I have to throw in a picture. I took this in San Jose (the Costa Rican capital) last week on one of our adventures.

This flower is absolutely huge! I made Wes stop the car and let me out to take this shot. I dedicate it to my BFF MaryAnn.


Mary ann said...

Hey thanks for the flower its so pretty. Sorry i have not been around we have been with out a computer for 2 weeks. (LAME) Hope life is good.

Lara said...

Wow! With mail like that, aren't we grateful for the WWW?

Kristen said...

Wow that flower is beautiful! Glad you had Wes stop.
Interesting mail system

Anonymous said...

I have a post office box at the post office and get my mail just fine. I have had things sent DHL and UPS and all arrived in good condition. The mail box is cheap but typically, they have none available. If you'd like to use it, it's APDO 325-4023.
I was under the impression the post office was governed by Costa Rica. Teri