The Expat Files: Living in Latin America A guide to moving to Latin America, finding work, and settling in.

October 19, 2014  
-Here’s the very recent David and Goliath story of how a group of indigenous Central American farmers stuck it to Monsanto, after Monsanto tried to slip one over on them regarding GMO’s and seed patents  
 
-Some idiosyncrasies and habits of the Latin working classes that you should know about (stuff that no one ever tells you) if you need help and have to hire the local talent.
 
-Tips on hiring and dealing with Latin management types and white-collar workers. There are subtle differences you may encounter when hiring one who has graduated from a public, versus hiring someone from a private, high school or university.
 
-Everyone’s talking about Ebola and Chikungunya. Should expats be worried? Can you even pronounce it? Find out the real story, the scares and the threats and what’s happening on the ground here in Latin America.  
 
WILL YOU HAVE A "PLAN B" WHEN THE FIRST-WORLD EXCREMENT HITS THE VENTILATOR? Be sure to check out my latest off-the-tourist-trail, boots-on-the-ground, fast-track experience in Central America. At my week-long, January 2015 seminar see how you can formulate your own Plan B. Come down and find out how you can live an extraordinary good life in Latin America on a simple Social Security. For complete details just go to www.ExpatWisdom.com then click on the Latin American Seminar link at the top left on the main page
 
-Do follow the link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com to schedule a private phone, Skype or Mumble consult with me. If you want to discuss the details of living, working, playing, doing business and/or retiring in Latin America, now you and I can talk about your situation one on one.
 
 

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October 17, 2014  
-A small milestone: today we have reached show #400
 
That said, will we ever run out of strange and interesting Latin American stories, facts, news and anecdotes? Nah…I doubt it!
 
-Clueless gringos make common mistakes. Here are some tips on how to avoid them.
 
-The cheap and easy way of disinfecting of fruits and vegetables in an ongoing effort to avoid Montezuma’s (or some call it backpacker’s) revenge
 
-When you want to know anything about recreational drugs in Latin America, just go to the source… ask a few local “gringo wannabe” college students!
 
-A few words about gringos and newbee expats who try to score recreational drugs upon arrival in Latin America
 
-More details on how to handle the occasional kitchen floor mega “ant march” that everyone in Latin America is forced to deal with at one time or another... and foiling them naturally, without toxins.       
 
WILL YOU HAVE A "PLAN B" WHEN THE FIRST-WORLD EXCREMENT HITS THE VENTILATOR?
Be sure to check out my latest off-the-tourist-trail, boots-on-the-ground, fast-track experience in Central America. At my week-long, January 2015 seminar see how you can formulate your own Plan B. Come down and find out how you can live an extraordinary good life in Latin America on a simple Social Security. For complete details just go to www.ExpatWisdom.com then click on the Latin American Seminar link at the top left on the main page
 
-Do follow the link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com to schedule a private phone, Skype or Mumble consult with me. If you want to discuss the details of living, working, playing, doing business and/or retiring in Latin America, now you and I can talk about your situation one on one.
 
 
 
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October 12, 2014  
The latest on banks and banking in Latin America- Part 2:
Learn how to find a good, stable Latin bank along with some tips on how to use short term US dollar bank CD’s in Latin banks to your best advantage.  
 
-There is an active Christopher Columbus (Cristobal Colon) conundrum in Latin America: It turns out that the average Latin person’s got a schizophrenic love/hate relationship going with the whole conquistado- invasion scenario. Even as educated and enlightened Latinos proudly beam while telling you how their veins are overflowing with noble Spanish blood; the truth is that deep down, many Latin people understand that Columbus was really a serial rapist, pillager and genocidal destroyer. You might say today's Latin American societyis in denial about denial. (now wouldn’t that make a great T-shirt! "Don't mind me: I'm denying denial" )   
 
-An update on the cracks that are now appearing in the Latin American real estate bubble. It won’t be long now before the whole thing unravels and tremendous bargains start to hit the market … stay tuned for further late breaking news .       
    
About my January 2015, Expat Wisdom- Latin American Insider’s Seminar. Be sure to check out the latest off-the-tourist-trail, boots-on-the-ground, fast-track experience for those who are looking for the newest version of the American Dream “south of the border”. Just go to www.ExpatWisdom.com then click on the Latin American Seminar link at the top left on the main page for complete details.  
 
-Do follow the link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com to schedule a private phone, Skype or Mumble consult with me. If you want to discuss the details of living, working, playing, doing business and/or retiring in Latin America, now you and I can talk about your situation one on one.
 
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October 10, 2014  
-The latest on banks and banking in Latin America- Part 1:
Every Latin country has 10 to 20 banks or more. So with all those choices, how are you (a presumably crap-Spanish speaker) supposed to choose a good,solid, stable bank on your own? Not you will most likely need one pronto when you first get down. Oops, don’t forget the fact that Latin banks are third-world, and are well, err… owned, operated and regulated by Latins with the usual manana mentality. And yes and some Latin banks do occasionally fail. That said, is it prudent for you to have maybe two or even three Latin banks? Well then how about none, zero, nada? Not to worry, today we’ll give some valuable tips regarding that dilemma
 
-What kind of interest rates are bank CD’s paying in the USA these days- half a percent? Zero? Maybe you’re even dumb enough to be paying the banksters to hold your fiat money for you. I hope not. What kind of craziness is that? That why it’s a shock when fresh expats land in Latin America and see that local banks pay from 4 to 8% annually on regular bank CD’s…. in both their funny-money and in US fiat dollars too! Too good to be true you say? Nope, it’s a fact. So then, why not dive in and get in on those excellent pre-millennium rates? Not so fast… here’s the dope on that….
 
-Beware of free advice, references and recommendations coming from scruffy gringos who hang out in expat bars. They do mean well, but since many of them drink and hang exclusively with other somewhat purposeless gringos (in said expat bars), their “free” information is often unreliable (just like many of them are)…       
     
About my January 2015, Expat Wisdom- Latin American Insider’s Seminar. Be sure to check out the latest “off the tourist trail”, boots-on-the-ground, fast-track experience for expat gonnabees, expat wannabees and those who are looking for the new version of  “American Dream”…. the one that’s “south of the border”.  Just go to my website www.ExpatWisdom.com then and click on the Latin American Seminar link at the top left on the main page for complete details.  
 
-Do follow the link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com to schedule a private phone, Skype or Mumble consult with me. If you want to discuss the details of living, working, playing, doing business and/or retiring in Latin America, now you and I can talk about your situation one on one.
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October 5, 2014  
-Mormons in Latin America: At first it looked like a fluke, but in the last 3 years or so there suddenly seems to be a great many more Mormons hot-footing it around Latin America than ever before. Whereas just a few years ago, one would be lucky to see a righteous pair of said soul savers every month or so, but now for some strange reason they’re spotted round most Latin towns and in the boonies nearly every day. Are you ready for a twist in this story and a very strange answer? Well, here’s one detour you’d never expect…       
-In response to my most recent broadcasts from the Dominican Republic, today we’ll discuss a string of emails that came in from a seasoned expat who has spent many years in the Dominican Republic. Our man in the DR has a lot to say about his own trials and tribulations in dealing with the locals, and as you'll see...most aren't all that positive. Having been sucked into his share of scams.... along with other adventures, he gives us his unique sociological slant on the Dominican people as well as bits and pieces concerning a few delicate, unpredictable and volatile themes: that is, mating, dating and gringo/Latin romances DR style.   
 
- Announcing my January 2015, Expat Wisdom- Latin American Insider’s Seminar. Be sure to check out my latest “off the tourist trail”, boots-on-the-ground, fast-track experience for expat gonnabees, expat wannabees and those who are looking for the new version of  “American Dream”…. the one that’s “south of the border”.  Just go to my website www.ExpatWisdom.com then and click on the Latin American Seminar link at the top left on the main page for complete details.  
 
-Do follow the link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com to schedule a private phone, Skype or Mumble consult with me. If you want to discuss the details of living, working, playing, doing business and/or retiring in Latin America, now you and I can talk about your situation one on one.
 
 
 

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October 3, 2014  

-The slick and sometimes unslick reputations of certain Latin lawyer types. Why is it that in some Latin countries being a lawyer is the second most dangerous occupation... right behind Chicken bus drivers (and that’s no joke)
 
-Islam, Muslims and the lack of obvious local/regional news reporting on fundamentalism in Latin America. While terrorist events happening in the rest of the world are heavily reported by the Latin press and media, there seems to be little coverage of any activity down here. Oh yes, there are rumors of fundamentalist cells and training camps etc., but stil, it’s all speculation with no hard data or solid reporting. We shall see…
      
-There are not very many Middle Eastern people in Latin America, but every medium and large city has an established contingent. Ever wonder how (or why) they ended up in Latin America and not elsewhere? Sure, 95% of them took a commercial flight of course. But how did they get that Latin visa to qualify in the first place- when the requirements are quite strict… ostensibly as strict as the requirements for a visa to the states or Canada?
 
-Did you know(of course you didn’t) that according to official investigators for the Latin customs and tax authorities, reports show that by far the most arrests made for contraband and pirated material have been of immigrants of Middle Eastern decent.. so called “Arabees”. Note that Latins call all Middle Eastern and North African people “Arabees” (the exception being Jews, who Latins call “Judeos”) and note that Latins call all Asians “Chinos”.   
 
- Announcing my January 2015, Expat Wisdom- Latin American Insider’s Seminar. Be sure to check out my latest “off the tourist trail”, boots-on-the-ground, fast-track experience for expat gonnabees, expat wannabees and those who are looking for the new version of  “American Dream”…. the one that’s “south of the border”.  Just go to my website www.ExpatWisdom.com then and click on the Latin American Seminar link at the top left on the main page for complete details.  
 
-Do follow the link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com to schedule a private phone, Skype or Mumble consult with me. If you want to discuss the details of living, working, playing, doing business and/or retiring in Latin America, now you and I can talk about your situation one on one.
 
 
 

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September 28, 2014  

-You've heard the saying, "As California goes, so does the rest of the country". Well Mexico is a similar bellwether for Latin America. Though it always lags months or years behind the USA in its social and buying habits, its always well ahead of the other 19 Latin American countries when it comes to fads, trends and fashions. That means astute Expats can observe what first-world habits are catching on in Mexico and then cash in buy exporting the same formula further southward...     

-Its been mentioned that gringo opportunities abound on the Latin business lecture circuit, and that anyone with a worn out old idea, one that's long since had its heyday up in the states, can often rework it in Spanish and give it a second life in Latin America- where the people are hungry for everything first-world. That said, its not only the stale moldy-oldie music acts like Air Supply, Kenny G and America who have found a fresh new cash cow. You won't believe some of the bloviating stateside has-beens on the Latin lecture tour right now, jumping from city to city, packing in the suckers and raking in the dough...  

-Here's yet another report that underlines the fact that Chinese take thier business and manufacturing concerns dead serious. Here's how their massive "trade" shows and product conventions are talking the 3rd-world by storm 

-Latin lawyers are perceived very much differently down here than they are up in the states. You'll find that out soon enough when you get here...               

- Announcing my January 2015, Expat Wisdom- Latin American Insider’s Seminar. Be sure to check out my latest “off the tourist trail”, boots-on-the-ground, fast-track experience for expat gonnabees, expat wannabees and those who are looking for the new version of  “American Dream”…. the one that’s “south of the border”.  Just go to my website www.ExpatWisdom.com then and click on the Latin American Seminar link at the top left on the main page for complete details.   

-Do follow the link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com to schedule a private phone, Skype or Mumble consult with me. If you want to discuss the details of living, working, playing, doing business and/or retiring in Latin America, now you and I can talk about your situation one on one. 

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September 26, 2014  

-Many Expat wannabes and gonnabees, dead set on moving to Latin America, are a bit preoccupied about their healthcare needs. They want to be sure they can get first-world treatments, facilities and medical personnel, etc., etc. 
Well, today we'll hear details about a new Expat who's been in Salvador for a year and still barely knows 30 words of Spanish. He recently had to spend 12 hours in a private Latin Hospital emergency ward and undergo a battery of tests. Yes, it happened just last week, and he did have a local Latin medical insurance policy. You really must hear how this incident went down, since some day you might be in the same spot.      

-Just as up in the states, Latins are allowed to go to court and their names changed legally. So then, what about gringos and Expats wishing to do the same? Can they go through the same simple process in a Latin court? Is it legal. Here's the scoop on it...   

A Report on Muslims in Latin America- Part 2:
Yes, there are many thousands of Muslims living and doing business in Latin America. But the odd fact is that many, if not most, are in fact here in Latin America illegally...even many who have been settled for dozens of years. So, how'd that happen?   

- Announcing my January 2015, Expat Wisdom- Latin American Insider’s Seminar. Be sure to check out my latest “off the tourist trail”, boots-on-the-ground, fast-track experience for expat gonnabees, expat wannabees and those who are looking for the new version of  “American Dream”…. the one that’s “south of the border”.  Just go to my website www.ExpatWisdom.com then and click on the Latin American Seminar link at the top left on the main page for complete details.   

-Do follow the link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com to schedule a private phone, Skype or Mumble consult with me. If you want to discuss the details of living, working, playing, doing business and/or retiring in Latin America, now you and I can talk about your situation one on one. 

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September 21, 2014  
A Report on Muslims in Latin America:
Stateside gringos like you occasionally ask about the so-called Latin, Middle Eastern contingent of people. There are, as you might know, hundreds of thousands of Muslims and Jews living in Latin America at this time... many of them recent Expats. It all can be quite confusing since some have been here for generations and live very low-profile lives while others have built huge business empires, like billionaire Carlos Slim- whose father, Khalil Salim Haddad Aglamaz, was actually a Lebanese Catholic who came to Mexico from Lebanon and then changed his name to Julian Slim.
Just lately, more and more of us are interested in the Latin Muslim community especially (did you even know there was such a group?). Its all about gringos up north getting nervous and wanting to know Latin Muslim attitudes toward the first world and the USA. And yes, there are rumors (surely fact) of Muslim fanatics slipping through the Mexican border… so people up north are rightfully worried. What about it? Here’s what you need to know for now….         
 
- Announcing my January 2015, Expat Wisdom- Latin American Insider’s Seminar.
Be sure to check out my latest “off the tourist trail”, boots-on-the-ground, fast-track experience for expat gonnabees, expat wannabees and those who are looking for the new version of  “American Dream”…. the one that’s “south of the border”. Just go to my website www.ExpatWisdom.com then and click on the Latin American Seminar link at the top left on the main page for complete details.   
 
-Do follow the link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com to schedule a private phone, Skype or Mumble consult with me. If you want to discuss the details of living, working, playing, doing business and/or retiring in Latin America, now you and I can talk about your situation one on one.
 
 
 

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September 19, 2014  
- Announcing my January 2015, Expat Wisdom, Latin American Insider’s Seminar…. another “off the tourist trail”, boots-on-the-ground, fast-track experience for expat gonnabees, expat wannabees and those who are looking for the new and better version of  “American Dream”…. the one that’s “south of the border”. 
 
-Some stories that come directly from the mouths of Latins that were illegals for years up in the US... coming from those have now been deported to their home countries (at your expense)  
 
-Here’s the latest scam that’s popped up in Mexico concerning illegals on their way to the states through Mexico traveling ostensibly “unmolested” on that new so-called 72 hour immigration transit pass…
 
-There are millions of deported Latins now licking their wounds back in their home countries. Most of them would very much like to work for a gringo (like you) if they could. So then, if you have a business or need a gardener/maintenance man, is it a good idea to hire one of these guys? After all, your Spanish might really suck and most deported guys and gals speak some English. Well listen up cuz here’s what Expat Eddie’s got to say about that dilemma … and he’s a guy who’s employed many dozens Latins of all stripes in his restaurants over the years. Long story short; according to Eddie the verdict on hiring “deportados” ain’t good.
 
-California State is knowingly giving out legal California drivers licenses to illegal aliens. In fact just last week I saw one of these documents being sported by a deported guy from Panama - a man still licking his wounds in Panama City after being rounded up and sent home by air. Though he absolutely loved his first airplane ride home (at your expense).         
 
-Do follow the link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com to schedule a private phone, Skype or Mumble consult with me. If you want to discuss the details of living, working, playing, doing business and/or retiring in Latin America, now you and I can talk about your situation one on one.
 
 
 
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