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

December 30, 2016  

 #1- Driving your car from the US to Latin America(or not): Though its not normally recommended that you drive down, just in case you’re the adventurous type and want to roll the dice, here are a few tips …

#2- Tips on buying a car in Latin America: mostly what NOT to do.

#3 -Mexico’s complicated rules of car ownership for Gringos and foreigners: Yes, you can bring your own car to Mexico from the US but some odd rules apply. However, your residency (temporary, permanent, pensionado) status in Mexico will determine many key things about your car purchases and licensing. Some of these complications go back to the NAFTA free trade agreement signed back in the 1990’s and creeping Big Brother tactics.

#4 Tips on renting a car in Latin America. More specifically what NOT to do.

#5-Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You can now listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone. The phone number is: 1-701-719-0893

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your Plan B  and the next best way to get started without actually coming to Latin America. At www.ExpatPlanB.com see the three video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.

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December 23, 2016  

 #1- Recreational Drugs in Latin America: almost everything you wanted to know, err…almost.

#2- Uruguay and the “so called” free cannabis state. What they didn’t tell you in all the decriminalization hub bub and what you should really know  – be careful what you wish for.
 How the simple advent of legal recreational marijuana has caused tremendous bureaucratic nightmares. Uruguay’s sluggish Big Brother has bureaucratized and hamstring pharmacies and cannabis suppliers to the point of ridiculousness. Are you surprised?

#3 -What if in the unlikely event you happen to have drugs on you or in the car, while stopped by Latin cops? Not that you’d ever do that stuff- but just in case- here are some true stories…

#4 Why is Johnny Walker is the boozers of choice throughout Latin America? Even the lower classes who can ill afford anything but cheap rot gut called “guaro” will break out the “Johnny W”at most events because it to them it shows a certain class and worldliness (duh.. so they think). So how’d that stupid gringo wanabee trend get started?

 #4- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. Just send an email to theexpatfiles@gmail.com or click on this link: http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-anuary-2017-latin-american-insider-seminar/
There are only one or two spots left so act now!!

 #5-Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You can now listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone. The phone number is: 1-701-719-0893

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your Plan B  and the next best way to get started without actually coming to Latin America. At www.ExpatPlanB.com see the three video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.

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December 18, 2016  

#1- Expats Living in Latin America have lots of free time their hands. It’s tough work but someone’s gotta do it.

#2- “Maids, Gardeners and Cleaning Ladies- For Dummies”:
Unfortunately no one’s written it yet, but there really should be a "Dummies"  book for clueless expats.. Why? Because as with all new experiences in Latin America, gringos can certainly be clueless when it comes to the hired help and things can go south. Yes, we all make mistakes and learn the hard way with our maids, gardeners and cleaning ladies …(unless someone does write the book that begs to be written)

#3 Feeling a bit distressed because you are only paying $12 to $15 a day to the maid, cleaning lady or gardener? There seems to be that common closeted guilt felt by many fresh green expats and gringos. That said, listen to the commentary and you might feel differently about it..

 #4- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. Just send an email to theexpatfiles@gmail.com or click on this link: http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-anuary-2017-latin-american-insider-seminar/
There are only one or two spots left so act now!!

 #5-Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You can now listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone. The phone number is: 1-701-719-0893

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your Plan B  and the next best way to get started without actually coming to Latin America. At www.ExpatPlanB.com see the three video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.

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December 16, 2016  
 #1- Mating, Dating and Relationships in Latin America:
Of course its only natural that while in Latin America, single Gringos/Gringas and Latina/Latinos will be mating dating and hooking up all the time. Things can go very smoothly, or not, and sometimes we can be clueless and things can go terribly wrong. Today we have three true life dating, mating and romance failure stories. Then we have some warnings signs and tips to be on the lookout for and how you can head off or avoid relationship disasters before things go south or out of control. Unfortunately most will read or listen to this stuff and agree with it, though most won’t take the advice. Seems we all have to make our own relationship mistakes…     
 
 #2- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. Just send an email totheexpatfiles@gmail.com or click on this link: http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-anuary-2017-latin-american-insider-seminar/
There are only one or two spots left so act now!!
 
 #3-Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You can now listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone. The phone number is: 1-701-719-0893
 
#4- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your Plan B  and the next best way to get started without actually coming to Latin America. Atwww.ExpatPlanB.com see the three video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.
 
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December 11, 2016  
#1- Part 4: Today we have our final segment on the Decameron “all inclusive” Latin beach resorts-revisited. Decamerons offer the least expensive “all inclusive” first-world style resort packages by far- and places that almost no native born American has ever heard of. Today we explain just what kind of people spend money to go to these resorts. Now being that these resorts are a totally Latin American product, there’s an ever present subtle (and not so subtle) class system ranking among the guests. That said, your Gringo advantage is super strong at these resorts. Yes, you’ll be in a class of your own in a throng of unabashed gringo wannabees.   
 
#2- Burning the Devil: Yes the Dec 7th “torch the red devil” Latin holiday tradition went off again as usual, but this year with a vindictive twist. For the first time, blond-haired devils (Donald Trump effigies) appeared along side the regular Satan pinatas and were torched along with him too.
 
#3- Global Warming in Latin America: If it exists down here, no one seems to gives a damn since its almost never spoken of. Meanwhile, 50% of Latin families still cook with wood, blow off millions of tons of fireworks a year and burn over 100 million paper mache Devils every Dec 7 (for their annual “burn the devil” holiday ritual).  
 
#4 Those famous Cucaracha Killer Balls: By popular demand, today we repeat the simple organic roach killer recipe. Local Latins believe roaches just come with the turf, a necessary evil. That’s because they have never heard of those amazing cuca balls…        
 
#5- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. Just send an email to theexpatfiles@gmail.com or click on this link: http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-anuary-2017-latin-american-insider-seminar/
There are only one or two spots left so act now!!
 
#6-Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You can now listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone. The phone number is: 1-701-719-0893
 
#7- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your Plan B  and the next best way to get started without actually coming to Latin America. At www.ExpatPlanB.com see the three video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.
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December 9, 2016  

#1- Part 3: The Decameron “all inclusive” Latin beach resorts revisited.
One of the least expensive “all inclusive” first-world style resort packages by far- and one place that almost no native born Americans have ever heard of- today we explore their Special Membership Club package in more detail. We find out how much it really costs to retire and live at one or more of these resorts year round including the add on’s and extras you should be aware of before signing on the dotted line.

#2- More very good reasons why you need a Latin lawyer- even if you think your Spanish is plenty good enough to maneuver through Latin government bureaucracy- today another crazy but true “boots on the ground” story:

#3- What you need to know know about laundry and laundromats in Latin America- an unexciting but necessary discussion

#4- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. Just send an email to theexpatfiles@gmail.com or click on this link: http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-anuary-2017-latin-american-insider-seminar/
There are only 2 spots left so act now!!

#5. Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You can now listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone. The phone number is: 1-701-719-0893

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your Plan B  and the next best way to get started without actually coming to Latin America yourself. At www.ExpatPlanB.com see the three video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.

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December 4, 2016  
 
#2- The Decameron “all inclusive” Latin beach resorts revisited: Part 2
Considered to be the least expensive “all inclusive” first-world style resort package in the world that most first-world people have ever heard about. Today we’ll explore the how the sales reps sell you the club packages/plans and what to look out for and what will best serve your needs.
 
#2 Teaching or tutoring English in Latin America: can you really support yourself doing that? Some facts and tips on how to do so.
 
#3- Goodwill, Salvation Army and Vintage clothing stores; Do similar places exist in Latin America?
 
#4- Nine out of ten Latin lawyers are male: what do you expect from a macho society? Though things are changing with the upcoming generation of young adults, down here the professions have about the same gender mix as the USA did back in the 60’s and 70’s.
 
#5- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. Just send an email to theexpatfiles@gmail.com or click on this link: http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-anuary-2017-latin-american-insider-seminar/
There are only 2 spots left so act now!!
 
#6. Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You can now listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone. The phone number is: 1-701-719-0893
 
#7- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a Plan B blueprint if you can’t get “boots on the ground” just yet and the next best way to get started without actually coming to Latin America yourself. At www.ExpatPlanB.com see the three video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.
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December 2, 2016  

#1- The Decameron “all inclusive” Latin beach resorts revisited: Part 1
Considered to be the least expensive “all inclusive” first-world style resort package in the world that no one’s ever heard about, today we’ll explore the options and show you the tricks on how to live like a king or queen all year round all on less than an average social security check. Each of the 50 plus Decameron destinations is like a small city-  an all inclusive mega-resort with an average of 500 available rooms.

#2 Castro bites the dust: So how are average Latin Americans taking the bad/good news?

#3- Trump’s victory: Latin Americans react

#4- Celebrity spotting in Latin America:
At first you think they all must have been coerced down for some do-gooder charity event or “save the children” PR stunts (like Pitt and Jolie). But surprisingly many come because they are actually clandestinely establishing their own “Plan B”. They know a good thing when they see it.

#5- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. Just send an email to theexpatfiles@gmail.com or click on this link: http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-anuary-2017-latin-american-insider-seminar/
There are only 2 spots left so act now!!

#6. Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You can now listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone. The phone number is: 1-701-719-0893

#7- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a Plan B blueprint if you can’t get “boots on the ground” just yet and the next best way to get started without actually coming to Latin America yourself. At www.ExpatPlanB.com see the three video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.

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