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

June 28, 2015  

-Often a husband and wife, or a couple, will come down to Latin America, one of them being the obvious driving force behind their expat move while the other partner seems not nearly as geared up. Sometimes the less enthused one displays resistance and is critical and negative about the move. When that happens, what is there to be done? 

 
-There are still many first world people out there in “gringolandia” and Europe who would never think of coming to Latin America because they simply believe it’s too classist, dangerous, backwards and unsanitary. Today we have an email from such a person. He’s never been to Latin America and says he would not chance the trip even if he had the dough.     
-When the next shoe drops and the feces hits the ventilator, might there be a backlash against gringos and expats in Latin America? Might the downtrodden locals get pissed off and come after the “rich gringo” in the neighborhood? After all, when the next worldwide economic blowout hits it will affect every country and all will be the worse for it. Surely solid blame will be placed on the American government- its lies, the reckless fiat monetary system and toxic derivatives - as it should be.   
 
-Donald Trump is all over the Latin news this week. His words about Mexico’s low life’s and crooks sneaking in to the US and causing endless grief and damage have enraged the Latin American public- who mostly believe it’s their right to sneak into the states if they feel like it. Meanwhile Latin news op-ed pieces and the tweets appearing on TV and in the media show just how undereducated, ill-informed and petty most of these outraged responder’s comments appear to be. They want to get in and Trump’s not going to stand in their way!   
 
JULY 2015 -LATIN AMERICAN SEMINAR NOTICE: Make your plans today for the next Latin American Expat Wisdom seminar. Just go to the www.ExpatWisdom.com main page and click on the Latin Seminar link for full details. The seminar will take place from Saturday, July 11th through Thursday July 16th, 2015.
    
-CONSULT WITH JOHNNY- SCHEDULE A CELL OR SKYPE CALL: Follow the consult link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com and Johnny will help you sort out your Latin American plans.

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June 26, 2015  
-Chinese autos have invaded Latin America. Though they look like the usual high end common models you’re familiar with(clones of Toyota, Honda even Range Rover) and seem very nicely appointed in auto showrooms and good enough in test drives, don’t fall for the low prices and the hype… there’s trouble ahead.
 
-The case for buying non-original (clone) replacement parts versus so called original factory replacement parts for your car while down in Latin America
 
-The news has gone viral in Latin America that under a new law, starting Jan 2015, California has given out 350,000 drivers licenses to illegal aliens. The reaction down here in Latin America is more than noteworthy. The news has lit a fire under millions of poor uneducated Latins with no skills and some very bad habits. Millions more conservative Latins are now packing for a move “gringolandia”. Now many think they'll have a sort of legal safety net that will lead to the free benefits that so many down here have been hearing about. 
 
-Just when you thought you heard everything today we have another story pathetic but true yet so obviously stupid that it underlines just how unrealistic and pigheaded people can be especially those who desperately want their 15 minutes of fame. Wonder if anything like this could happen up in the states? Probably!     
 
JULY 2015 -LATIN AMERICAN SEMINAR NOTICE: Make your plans today for the next Latin American Expat Wisdom seminar. Just go to the www.ExpatWisdom.com main page and click on the Latin Seminar link for full details. The seminar will take place from Saturday, July 11th through Thursday July 16th, 2015.
    
-CONSULT WITH JOHNNY- SCHEDULE A CELL OR SKYPE CALL: Follow the consult link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com and Johnny will help you sort out your Latin American plans.
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June 22, 2015  
-Expats and gringos arrive in Latin America as newbees: not registered or tracked by any agencies or databases save for their entrance on immigration computers. It’s a real gift to be free from Big Brother’s microscope and that means we all start out in Latin America with a clean slate, a low profile and with a very tiny footprint. So today we have more tips and suggestions on how to keep it that way…
 
-A discussion of some of the various “out of the ordinary” things your friendly Latin lawyer can do for you and why you want to build a long term relationship with him and not hop from one shyster to another.    
 
-Cell phones, SIM chips, low profiles and anonymity        
 
-The wholesale drug trade: some very weird and scary drug news that you’ll never get from mainstream media. You won’t believe who’s involved and who has been getting busted lately, on the wholesale level, and who gets away it.  
 
     
JULY 2015 -LATIN AMERICAN SEMINAR NOTICE: Make your plans today for the next Latin American Expat Wisdom seminar. Just go to thewww.ExpatWisdom.com main page and click on the Latin Seminar link for full details. The seminar will take place from Saturday, July 11th through Thursday July 16th, 2015.
    
-CONSULT WITH JOHNNY- SCHEDULE A CELL OR SKYPE CALL: Follow the consult link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com and Johnny will help you sort out your Latin American plans.
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June 19, 2015  
-More tips and suggestions when applying for Latin American residency
 
-Today a discussion that will be of interest to any listeners who might be considering a certain type of Latin American residency called “pensionado”. Yes this special residency plan does have its small advantages, but also a few restrictive disadvantages… and at least one very serious drawback.    
 
-Another Latin Residency avenue employed by many expats is the so-called residency by qualified investment. This is just as it sounds, meaning the applicant must make a substantial monetary investment in some kind of govt approved venture. Depending on the country, the investment can be a few hundred thousand bucks with very strict rules and monitoring, or the investment can be a very small one and the rules quite lax.       
 
-More outrageous eye-witness examples of idiot Latin showoffs with more money than brains. Of course wealthy showoffs with bodyguards and bulletproof SUVs making pompous asses out of themselves in public may be twisted and even morbidly funny sometimes (it’s their forte). After all it’s their often stolen public money and thus their own business- kinda . Unfortunately it’s not all that amusing when the average public is inconvenienced by their stupid escapades.
 
    JULY 2015 -LATIN AMERICAN SEMINAR NOTICE: Make your plans today for the next Latin American Expat Wisdom seminar. Just go to thewww.ExpatWisdom.com main page and click on the Latin Seminar link for full details. The seminar will take place from Saturday, July 11th through Thursday July 16th, 2015.
    
-CONSULT WITH JOHNNY- SCHEDULE A CELL OR SKYPE CALL: Follow the consult link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com and Johnny will help you sort out your Latin American plans.
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June 14, 2015  
It just might happen that a Latin friend or acquaintance will try to get you to support a local scumbag politician. Remember, it’s a huge feather in a politico’s hat to have a real live gringo at his or her event. Its considered a 1st world stamp of approval. No use telling a Latin that after a while, no matter how innocent and sincere these politicians seem at first, they all inevitably become scumbags. It’s just not news and everyone knows it. So what do you do when something like that happens, and how do you get out of a situation like that diplomatically or otherwise? Or should you?  
 
-Here’s another very bad Latin custom to keep an eye out for. At Christmas, Easter and national holidays- in mostly poor and lower class sections of big cities- certain lower class type of drunk macho guys think it’s good fun to occasionally discharge firearms into the sky. As old Yosemite Sam knows all too well, what goes up must come down and people do get hurt. So here’s the scoop on another stupid macho past time. By the way, wealthy Latins with bodyguards and more money than brains sometimes get nuts like that too… especially at World Cup time.      
 
-More great examples of your "Gringo Advantage" in business.
 
-Great insider tips on learning Spanish... from a loyal listener in the thick of it along with some odd Latin homespun household customs and remedies.
 
-A "boots on the ground" discussion of vaccines in Latin America and the Latin public's complete lack of awareness. 

JULY 2015 -LATIN AMERICAN SEMINAR NOTICE: Make your plans today for the next Latin American Expat Wisdom seminar. Just go to thewww.ExpatWisdom.com main page and click on the Latin Seminar link for full details. The seminar will take place from Saturday, July 11th through Thursday July 16th, 2015.
    
-CONSULT WITH JOHNNY- SCHEDULE A CELL OR SKYPE CALL: Follow the consult link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com and Johnny will help you sort out your Latin American plans.

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June 12, 2015  
A few pointed gringo/expat stories of how they’ve been ripped off or gouged by their own Latin lawyers. Sometimes clueless gringo schmucks never find out they've been scammed and sometimes they do, but only when they try to sell or mortgage that little piece of paradise.
 
-Did you know that many Latin country land border crossings (the ones out in the boonies) allow the local foot traffic to cross back and forth –from country to country- without a passport, ID card or even a second look from the guards or immigration control?     
 
-A new hi-tech scam comes to Latin America, and it’s just starting to affect the local import/export business community. Here’s the story of a long term Expat gringo who got snared in the trap…. with a surprise ending!  
 
-Three easy steps you can perform to make your computer and your web searches virtually data collection proof. How to vastly minimize outside tracking and hacking of your searches as well as sharing and stealing of your personal online data      
 
JULY 2015 -LATIN AMERICAN SEMINAR NOTICE: Make your plans today for the next Latin American Expat Wisdom seminar. Just go to thewww.ExpatWisdom.com main page and click on the Latin Seminar link for full details. The seminar will take place from Saturday, July 11th through Thursday July 16th, 2015.
    
-CONSULT WITH JOHNNY- SCHEDULE A CELL OR SKYPE CALL: Follow the consult link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com and Johnny will help you sort out your Latin American plans.
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June 7, 2015  
-Slowly but surely Latins are becoming more and more security conscious and with the usual lag time they are taking baby steps. For example, many guard shacks checkpoints at upscale exclusive neighborhoods will demand a visitor’s driver’s license upon entering, photograph it and often hold it till your stay is done and you drive out. To me that’s too intrusive. Why should one have to give personal dats to rent-a-cops with 8th grade educations? But wait, there are some simple steps an expat can take to foil them. The point is that you should always try to keep a very small footprint and a low profile. Never give out your real info if you can help it…           
 
-More examples on how “off the tourist trail”, doors automatically open for you. The “gringo advantage” is alive and well
 
-Most career people and professionals in the states work for the man and have never had their own business. Even though Expats in Latin America often start their own business and have great success, career people (who’ve worked for someone else all their lives) may be a bit put off at the prospect of a brand new scary venture like being the owner "boss" for once. That said, many such listeners send emails wanting to know their chances of landing a job in their chosen professions to avoid that prospect altogether. They want to know how easy or hard it is to find a nice safe job down here and what tips might come in handy. 
 
JULY 2015 -LATIN AMERICAN SEMINAR NOTICE: Make your plans today for the next Latin American Expat Wisdom seminar. Just go to thewww.ExpatWisdom.com main page and click on the Latin Seminar link for full details. The seminar will take place from Saturday, July 11th through Thursday July 16th, 2015.
    
-CONSULT WITH JOHNNY- SCHEDULE A CELL OR SKYPE CALL: Follow the consult link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com and Johnny will help you sort out your Latin A

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June 5, 2015  
-As promised, you can now send an email and get a free copy of the new e-book, “Fast Spanish” written by a faithful listener and Expat Wisdom seminar attendee. Better hurry though, the free offer is only good for a week or so.    
 
-Every day enlightened first world people are getting a plan “B” lined up as they see more and more examples of why the USA is heading down the tubes. Realists know there’s not a chance of the US ever recovering its former glory. Meanwhile, unenlightened, superficial people still buy the usual spoon fed media crap believing the fantasy that the US is somehow “special” and in times of trouble will always have an ace in the hole. Now more fuel for the fire…
 
-Today we discuss unknown ways your tax dollar is being used to fund, get this, mindless Latin American soap opera productions! Unbelievable but true. US taxpayers are actually subsidizing Spanish speaking soap operas that are then distributed outside the USA.       
 
-More concrete examples why any notion of a rigid Big Brother police state is a distant fantasy in Latin America. Why? For one, there are just too many overfed, underpaid, fat-ass, clock watching government slugs with zero discipline and work ethic. What’s not to like about that?
 
-Many expats and gringos want to know if they can get some of the same specialty organic items and brands they buy back in the old hometown health food store. If so, where can one get that kind of stuff in a typical Latin America town and what’s the availability? 
 
-The real story on NGO’s (Non-Governmental Organizations) operating in Latin America and the 3rd and 4th world. You may have heard that NGO’s are set up strictly as “do go good” charitable arms of first world philanthropists and foundations but the truth is that in the conglomerate they have done absolutely nothing but harm in the 60 years of their existence. Here’s a bit of eye-witness proof.     
 
JULY 2015 -LATIN AMERICAN SEMINAR NOTICE: Make your plans today for the next Latin American Expat Wisdom seminar. Just go to thewww.ExpatWisdom.com main page and click on the Latin Seminar link for full details. The seminar will take place from Saturday, July 11th through Thursday July 16th, 2015.
    
-CONSULT WITH JOHNNY- SCHEDULE A CELL OR SKYPE CALL: Follow the consult link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com and Johnny will help you sort out your Latin American plans.
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May 31, 2015  
-Is Spain a good starting place for would be expats? Today some comparisons between living in Spain versus Latin America.
 
-Get ready for another chapter in the crazy life of Expat Eddie. This time he’s got the maid and her 14year-old daughter living at his house. You’ll be a be surprised and perhaps shocked at the circumstances… and how its all been unfolding.    
 
-Have you ever heard of a bruja? Every middle and lower middle class Latin neighborhood has one. It means “witch” in Spanish and also the name given to the neighborhood fortune teller/soothsayer, potion mixer/spell caster.
Yup, Latins are very, very superstitious. When all else fails in the love, romance, health and money departments the person makes a date with the local bruja and pays a fee- whether she gets the desired results or not; note the bruja clients are nearly always women! By the way, the word “brujaria” describes the acts and spells the brujas’ perform.
 
-Latins most commonly visit brujas, #1- to either make someone fall in love or regain a love interest that’s strayed, #2- to fix money problems, #3- to cure physical ills the doctor can’t.
So do brujas really work? I doubt it, but they say it beats Obamacare.            
 
JULY 2015 -LATIN AMERICAN SEMINAR NOTICE: Make your plans today for the next Latin American Expat Wisdom seminar. Just go to thewww.ExpatWisdom.com main page and click on the Latin Seminar link for full details. The seminar will take place from Saturday, July 11th through Thursday July 16th, 2015.
    
-CONSULT WITH JOHNNY- SCHEDULE A CELL OR SKYPE CALL: Follow the consult link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com and Johnny will help you sort out your Latin American plans.

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May 29, 2015  
-More on safely moving your gold, silver and precious metals across borders and how to stay as anonymous as possible while doing so.
 
-A word on bank safety deposit boxes: their availability and use in Latin America  
 
-If you’ve been watching the international news over the last few weeks you may have noticed a rather big top level political shakeup going down in Guatemala. It’s just the most recent billion dollar corruption scandal collapsing the present government. Along with the country’s first female vice president, dozens of high level politicos are in jail or under house arrest and a dozen politicians now fugitives on the run from Interpol.
That said, how does all this political turmoil and unrest affect the expats and gringos living in Guatemala? What do long term expats have to say about the situation? Are they nervous, frightened and ready to pack up and leave? You’ll be surprised to hear that talk of corruption and scandal rarely comes up in casual conversation amongst gringos and expats. Why? Because every administration is thoroughly corrupt. Fortunately (or unfortunately) the only ones really affected by such massive corruption and thievery are the common people, the 80% who must ride the chicken buses, attend horrible free public schools (no desks or running water). Its the poor people who must go to the pitiful but free public hospitals (with not enough beds, gloves, medicines or syringes to go around). They're the ones that suffer- while expats and gringos continue to live like first world people no matter which corrupt leaders are in office.      
 
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JULY 2015 -LATIN AMERICAN SEMINAR NOTICE: Make your plans today for the next Latin American Expat Wisdom seminar. Just go to the www.ExpatWisdom.com main page and click on the Latin Seminar link for full details. The seminar will take place from Saturday, July 11th through Thursday July 16th, 2015.
    
-CONSULT WITH JOHNNY- SCHEDULE A CELL OR SKYPE CALL: Follow the consult link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com and Johnny will help you sort out your Latin American plans.

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