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

September 30, 2012  
THE DETAILS YOU WANTED ABOUT MY UPCOMING "EXPAT WISDOM" LATIN AMERICAN INSIDER'S SEMINAR:
Folks who are interested in my next seminar should send a very short email to theexpatfiles@gmail.com and I’ll put you on my private mailing list for updates.
By popular demand we have another anonymous interview. After my last Expat Wisdom seminar, I interviewed a very smart, articulate and adventurous gringo named Dave. He and his equally astute brother, added a lot of great vibes and tons of intellectual energy to the event. Now you can hear Dave’s unique take on the seminar and how he describes the people, the country, the fabulous altiplano and, well…the whole darn experience.
Even if you live well away from an active volcano, sometimes (if the wind is right… or wrong) you may downwind from a big, dirty, ugly surprise. It’s nothing life threatening, but certainly a pain in the rear end (trasero).
What happens when things go missing around the house? It’s that age old problem that eventually confronts a certain percentage of expats… a maid with “sticky” fingers.
The truth about job hunting maids, cleaning ladies and maintenance men with excellent references (they all have excellent references- especially the ones who’ve been previously fired for stealing)
Did you know that up to 25% of married Latin couples are not technically married at all? Its a particular unspoken phenomena that occurs most exclusively among the poor (about 40% of Latin America)... up to half of who eventually end up in a common law marriage. Why? It costs way too much dough for them to get married, much less have a party and go on a real Honeymoon. So normally, after about 5 years of living together and having a kid or two, or ten, or twenty (I’m not kidding) the state automatically deems the union a common law marriage.
Expat Eddie and I had a pow wow and we both came to the same conclusion that our cleaning ladies (not the same one) were stealing from us! The question is, why does it happen in the first place? How should it be dealt with it? And how can it be prevented in the future? (Don’t fret, we’ve actually got the problem nearly solved)
I’ve put together an audio/video program specifically for expats and wanabees called the 'New 5 Flags'. Just head over immediately to ExpatWisdom.com and get all the details. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Follow the link on the main page at www.expatwisdom.com to schedule a consultation 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, 2012  
-More email questions about certain aspects of car ownership. For example, what about parking meters, fines, on-street-parking and the dreaded “Denver boot” wheel clamp?  Yes, the cops do boot cars in medium to large Latin cities, but it since this is Latin America, none of these inconveniences will break the bank (provided you’re off the tourist trail).  And by the way; one in four parking meters down here doesn’t work… not only that, if your car is booted there’s a 50-50 chance it’s been put on incorrectly and you can actually slip it off yourself! (Now I ask you, what’s not to like about Latin America.)
-Now for some more examples of the “Gringo Advantage” and how we expats are just more aware of the "details" in all walks of life that the vast majority of Latins simply  don’t seem to be aware of at all
-More on those pesky volcanoes; a continuation of last show’s discussion on how long term expats deal with the occasional eruption. What happens if there are one or two of those monsters of staring at you from your own backyard window,?Should you worry? Should sacrifice that old lava lamp to the volcano gods?
!!! IMPORTANT- UPCOMING SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
I’ve been asked by many listeners if will ever do another Latin American “Expat Wisdom” seminar like the one I just held (off the gringo tourist trail) in Central America. Folks who are seriously interested, send a very short email to theexpatfiles@gmail.com so I can put you on my private mailing list for updates. I am looking at January 15-21 to avoid the holidays and holiday airfares (and so that it doesn’t coincide with the Mayan end of the world). Send me that email and I’ll fire off details as they come.
-People are always asking me if I have any books, articles, interviews, blogs or anything else out there besides the PRN show. I've rec'd a lot of emails from listeners saying that they’ve heard about a private new 6 hour video program I put together called the 'New 5 Flags' and people want to know more about it. Just head over immediately to ExpatWisdom.com and get all the details. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
-Follow the link on the main page at www.expatwisdom.com to schedule a consultation 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 23, 2012  

The truth about those peaky volcanoes. Yup, there are lots and lots of active volcanoes in Latin America. Some are blowing off as we speak. You can hardly avoid them. In fact, little San Salvador, only about the size of Massachusetts, has 22 of them with 6 presently active and spewing fire and brimstone now and again. Now here’s the real truth about all those volcanoes you hear so much about; the eruptions, the dangers, as well as the recommendations for Gringo’s and Expats when building, buying or doing business in the direct line of one.

What about going on a hike or tour up an active volcano summit? Backpackers and Eco-Gringos just love doing stuff like that. Well yes, it is a very excellent adventure… but I don’t recommend it. Not that the volcano itself is life threatening or extraordinarily dangerous. You won’t get trapped in lava or pelted with steaming rocks; nothing so Indiana Jones-ish. Instead, there’s a good chance you’ll get mugged along the way.
How Expats get million dollar views for 50 grand or less
!!! IMPORTANT- UPCOMING SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
I’ve been asked by many listeners if will ever do another Latin American “Expat Wisdom” seminar like the one I just held (off the gringo tourist trail) in Central America. Seems that word has gotten around just how fun and successful that one was, and there has been a surge of interest for another. Folks who are interested, send a very short email to theexpatfiles@gmail.com and I'll put you on my private mailing list for updates. I am thinking about January 15-21. That’s to avoid the holidays and holiday airfares (and of course the end of the world- according to the Mayan calendar). Just send me that email and I’ll fire off details as they come. And sure, there’ll be a money back guarantee… and more. Get this… I’ll give you TRIPLE your money back and a brand new car if the Mayan prophesies do come true. How’s that for a deal?
People are always asking me if I have any books, articles, interviews, blogs or anything else out there besides the PRN show. Well, over the last few days I've rec'd a lot of emails from listeners saying that they’ve heard about a private new 6 hour video program I put together called the 'New 5 Flags' and they want to know more about it. Anyway, the word got out somehow and it’s not so private anymore. Not that I wanted to keep it a secret from my listeners, but the publisher who owns the rights, wanted to keep the initial offer very exclusively for their own subscriber list, and so we only released it to the folks who follow me and Robert on ExpatWisdom.com. People that regularly visit ExpatWisdom.com already know about it, but so you can get in on it too. Just head over immediately to ExpatWisdom.com and get all the details. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Follow the link on the main page at www.expatwisdom.com to schedule a consultation 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, 2012  
-A word about lowering your public profile and anonymity. Having a minuscule to nonexistent public profile can be a 100% reality in the 3rd world. Down in Latin America you can live completely off the radar if you want- or be very obvious in a big way (not recommended of course) but at least you have the choice. Whereas up in Cleveland or Denver, sorry to say, that horse left the barn a long time ago.
-By popular demand, today we present a special interview with another boots-on-the-ground 1st world traveler who not only attended my recent Latin American “Expat Wisdom” seminar, but has sold everything up north and actually moved down here lock, stock and barrel. No longer an Expat wannabee, Kyle (our new anonymous friend), is now a full-fledged member of the permanent Expat club! Listen to him explain his leap from long time wannabee to card carrying Expat- a journey that took he and his wife some five years to finally pull off.
-Down here, Expat business success stories are as common as Jesus stickers on cars. Today we’ll highlight a story of a very successful Expat textile factory owner who was under the impression that his employees actually understood his Spanish. And while that strange counter-symbiotic situation went on for years, his business still grew and made him rich in the process. What's up with that?
--People are always asking me if I have any books, articles, interviews, blogs or anything else out there besides the PRN show. Well, over the last few days I've rec'd a lot of emails from listeners saying that they’ve heard about a private new 6 hour video program I put together called the 'New 5 Flags' and they want to know more about it. Anyway, the word got out somehow and it’s not so private anymore. Not that I wanted to keep it a secret from my listeners, but the publisher who owns the rights, wanted to keep the initial offer very exclusively for their own subscriber list, and so we only released it to the folks who follow me and Robert on ExpatWisdom.com. People that regularly visit ExpatWisdom.com already know about it, but so you can get in on it too, just head over immediately to ExpatWisdom.com and get all the details. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

-Now you can follow the link on the main page at www.expatwisdom.com to schedule a consultation with me.

!!! IMPORTANT- UPCOMING SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
I’ve been asked by many listeners if will ever do another Latin American “Expat Wisdom” seminar like the one I just held (off the gringo tourist trail) in Latin America. Seems that word has gotten around just how fun and successful that one was, and now there has been a surge of interest for another. Folks who are seriously interested, please send a very short email to theexpatfiles@gmail.com and I 'll put you on my private mailing list for updates. We are looking at January 15-21 so we can avoid the holiday rush and high holiday airfares (and of course the end of the world- according to the Mayan calendar). Just send me that email and I’ll fire off details as they come. And sure there will be a money back guarantee… and more. Get this… I’ll give you TRIPLE your money back and a brand new car if those Mayan 2012 prophesies do come true. How’s that for a deal? If the world ends you get a new car!
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September 16, 2012  
-People are always asking me if I have any books, articles, interviews, blogs or anything else out there besides the PRN show. Well, over the last few days I've rec'd a lot of emails from listeners saying that they’ve heard about a private new 6 hour video program I put together called the 'New 5 Flags' and they want to know more about it. Anyway, the word got out somehow and it’s not so private anymore. Not that I wanted to keep it a secret from my listeners, but the publisher who owns the rights, wanted to keep the initial offer very exclusively for their own subscriber list, and so we only released it to the folks who follow me and Robert on ExpatWisdom.com. People that regularly visit ExpatWisdom.com already know about it, but so you can get in on it too, just head over immediately to ExpatWisdom.com and get all the details. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
!!! IMPORTANT- UPCOMING SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
I’ve been asked by many listeners if will ever do another Latin American “Expat Wisdom” seminar like the one I just held (off the gringo tourist trail) in Central America. Seems that word has gotten around just how fun and successful that one was, and now there has been a surge of interest for another. So, I need all of you interested folks to send me a very short email at theexpatfiles@gmail.com so I can put you on my private mailing list and get things started. I am thinking about doing it from January 15-21; just a few weeks after the world ends according to the Mayan calendar. I’ll fire off the details as they come (not about the end of the world… about the seminar).
-By popular demand, today we present a very special interview with yet another worldly person who attended the Expat Wisdom seminar held in late June early July down in Guatemala. Now you can have the benefit of his opinions and astute perceptions to consider and mull over too. He has some genuine golden nuggets to share about his own Latin American experiences and the Expat Wisdom seminar too.
-An update on the age old problem of crooked gasoline and propane gas companies. Even big international companies like Shell and Texaco rob their clients at every purchase; they short customers up to 10% every time they fill up or buy a tank of propane (down here in Latin America that is). Everyone knows this kind of constant robbery has been going on forever but this is the 3rd world so naturally nothing get done about it. Now once and for all, it’s finally being reported in the front pages of the big Latin papers, and big fines are being accessed.
-Now you can follow the link on the main page at www.expatwisdom.com to schedule a consultation 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 14, 2012  

!!! IMPORTANT- UPCOMING SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT!!! I’ve been asked by many listeners if will ever do another Latin American “Expat Wisdom” seminar like the one I just held (off the gringo tourist trail) in Central America. Seems that word has gotten around just how fun and successful that one was, and now there has been a surge of interest for another. If you twist my arm I will consider it – this time once again with just 24 people, no more! So I need all of you interested folks to send me a very short email at theexpatfiles@gmail.com so I can get things started. I am thinking about doing it in early December or early January; just a few days after the world ends according to the Mayan calendar. I’ll fire off the details as they come (not about the end of the world… but about the seminar).

-For the very first time in the over 180 Expat Files shows, I present a personal interview. It’s a discussion with a young lady who (along with her husband) recently sold everything up in the states in order to live as permanent expats in Guatemala. And after living in Antigua, Guatemala a little more than 2 months, she describes what it took for her and her husband to make the big leap from expat wanabee to expats-with boots on the ground. And by the way, they both attended my Expat Wisdom seminar, and we discuss how that event went too. Oh and I almost forgot. She said they had so much stuff to get rid of up in the states that they had to have multiple rummage sales, and in the end they came down with only 7 pieces of luggage. BRAVO!

-Now you can follow the link on the main page at www.expatwisdom.com to schedule a consultation 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 9, 2012  
!!! IMPORTANT- UPCOMING SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
I’ve been asked by many listeners if will ever do another Latin American “Expat Wisdom” seminar like the one I just held (off the gringo tourist trail) in Central America. Seems that word has gotten around just how fun and successful that one was, and now there has been a surge of interest for another. If you twist my arm I will consider it  – this time once again with just 24 people, no more. So I need all of you interested folks to send me a very short email at theexpatfiles@gmail.com so I can put you on my private mailing list and get things started. I am thinking about doing it in early December or early January 2012; just a few days after the world ends according to the Mayan calendar. I’ll fire off the details as they come (not about the end of the world… about the seminar) .
-A continuation of last week’s topic on moving and storage. What should you do once your stuff down here and you haven’t actually got a permanent place to put your valuable junk?
-How to get the best deals on new and used appliances and furnishings. How to replenish some of the crap you sold up north for a song and come out smiling again.
-Everything a gringo needs to know about cell phones, pricing, plans, terms and cell phone service in Latin America including calls to the states and other countries.
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September 7, 2012  
-What if you are 65 or even 70 years old or more? Is it worth it coming down to Latin America to live, work play and or retire? Here’s an interesting email from an older guy who wants to move in big way but has a laundry list of doubts.
-How long will your nest-egg last if come to Latin America and do not intend to work or run a business of any kind? What if you just plan on winding down; intent on living a nice, comfy 1st world lifestyle free from the pressures and stresses of the BB state and the impending 1st world economic and social collapse? How far can you stretch your dough?
-The best way to move down? Have a big-ass rummage sale or two and dump as much junk as you can on Craig’s List. No, you’ll never get what the stuff is really worth, but things are mighty cheap down here and the less baggage the better!
-What about older folks and geezers who are looking forward to (oops, a bad choice of words) spending their remaining years in a nursing home or a manage care facility? How does Latin America shape up for them, if at all?
-Searching for land, a house, an apartment? Guaranteed, that old metric system will rear its ugly head again. But there are a few tricks you’ll need to know if you don’t want to feel like a complete dufus as Latins toss metros(meters), metros cuadrados (square meters) and metros cubicos (cubic meters) around.
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September 3, 2012  
-Often expats doing business in Latin America come face to face with obvious government corruption and general dishonesty. How do middle-class 1st world expats (who were on the straight and narrow up in Cleveland) handle such things? Expats will confront that stuff in business start-ups and building projects, so get used to it.  “Find me an honest man,” said Greek philosopher Diogenes 2500 years ago.
Things haven’t changed much, have they!
-Your relationship with your Latin lawyer will be much different, strikingly cheaper and surprisingly more fulfilling than the one you have (had) with your stateside shyster.
-It’s common for expats to make their new lawyer’s office a kind of home base and center of operations. As you get your business start-up going and get your feet wet in your newly adopted Latin country, you'll be surprised how accommodating your lawyer will be. And he probably won’t even charge you for the extra favors (when you’re off the tourist trail of course)!
-Bolivia slaps a new tax on all US dollar buy/sell transactions. Will that be a deterrent to expats from doing business there? Is there a way around it?
-The continuing saga of Expat Eddie; this time he gets even with pretentious jerk politicians (in a most ingenious way). Fed up Americans should take note.
-Now you can follow the link on the main page at www.expatwisdom.com to schedule a consultation 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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