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

January 22, 2017  

#1- Pornography in Latin America:
How much porn can there be in a 98% conservative Christian Culture and its pernicious environment? You’ll be surprised.

 #2 When Preppers finally get a brain:
In time, the more intelligent of the prepper contingency do finally figure out hunkering down in the basement just ain’t gonna cut it. That's when they get serious and occasionally decide to vote with their feet. Today we have a lady’s viewpoint on the subject and her own transition from prepper to  serious “Plan B” advocate.

#3- Johnny gets his share of hate mail from Latinos up in the states:
Latinos have a severe inferiority complex and they don’t like to be reminded of it. Think of it. How would you like to be told over and over again that you are a 3rd world person(and all it infers)? That said, today you will hear a sample of some choice name calling from a seemingly nice young, but ill informed, 2nd generation Latina who is living up in the states.

#5-Use the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dilaing: 1-701-719-0893

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your own 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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January 20, 2017  

#1- A little peak behind the scenes at Johnny’s latest January 2017 “Expat Insider” Seminar: the good, bad, ugly and the great.
It was all of that… even some ugly too.

 #2- Residency and Passport rules and procedures are changing by the minute:
Yes, Latin governments are making it harder and harder to obtain residency- as witnessed last week when Panama’s legislature surprised everyone by reducing the length of temporary residency from one year to six months. That will certainly set a lot of gringos scrambling. All the more reason to get your “Plan B” in gear and get your Latin residency rolling.

#3- Ecuador punishes gringos with new 75% capital gains tax on property: As more and more Gringos arrive, the socialist Correa govt. is bent on targeting them with more and more taxes and fees: Yup, when on the tourist trail it’s seems its the Gringo “disadvantage” that rides again.

#4- Tips on finding a good physician and/or dentist in Latin America:

#5-Use the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dilaing: 1-701-719-0893

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your own 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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January 15, 2017  

 #1- Residency and Passport rules and procedures in the Dominican Republic: Yes, the regs and time-frames been changed again in the DR and supposedly “streamlined” for the umpteenth time- though few govt sites have been updated to reflect the changes. Even officials don’t really seems to know the real dope on what’s going on. We’ll see…

#2- The disadvantages of living on a Latin American island or beachfront property.

#3- A racist and classist lesson: The massive illegal immigration of Haitians into the Dominican Republic is a major problem. On the other hand, its a microcosm of what’s happening in the USA and Mexico right now.

#4- Latins will go to great lengths to impress themselves and others. Copying gringos is all the rage- often (as we see it) to the point of ridiculousness.

#5-Use the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your own 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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January 13, 2017  
 #1- When Crossing Latin American land borders:
Doing so will always involve varying degrees discomfort, irritation and testiness. Sound familiar? Get ready for heavy dose of bureaucratic laziness on an epic scale. Most often the gringo advantage will do you no good there.
 
#2- A specific case of the Gringo “DISADVANTAGE”  
Today a “boots on the ground” story depicting of one of those infrequent situations when being a Gringo or Expat works against you.
 
#3- Today we have another Decameron resort story. This time in Colombia. Hear Part 1 of what happens when a Gringo (married to Colombian) signs up for one of those famous (and famously complicated) Decameron Resort Club packages
 
#4-The latest Latin TV attacks on Donald Trump will make you laugh out loud. You’ll think it’s a joke and they can’t be serious, but they are!
 
#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. Atwww.ExpatPlanB.com see the three video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.
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January 8, 2017  

 #1- When Gringo/Expats get in traffic accidents. What to do? Yes, it will eventually happen to you but what happens then? BTW: if you get into a street fight with a chicken bus.. you will always lose.

#2- A specific case of the Gringo “DISADVANTAGE”
Today a “boots on the ground” story depicting of one of those infrequent situations when being a Gringo or Expat works against you.

#3- Spanish four letter words and their common usage among Latin men and women

#4-How Latins feel about their use of the word “Gringo”.  Depwnding on their use in public and private there can be both positive and negative inferences.

#5 –The dope on the prevailence of ” Fake” and “Unlicenced” Doctors in Latin America. Yes, they’re down here and flurishing but there are easy ways to tell the genuine article from the quacks

#6- The Big Butt scoop on implants and silicone injections in Latin America

#7- The “Podcast by Phone” feature. You can listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs by phoning: 1-701-719-0893

#8- 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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January 6, 2017  

#1- Here’s why Mexico City is becoming a world cyber-crime capital…

#2- Mexico’s got a big logistics problem with returning immigrants. What’s it gonna do with the millions of illegals that Trump had promised to deport? Here’s the list of lame Mexican govt solutions.

#3 –“Convivios” are big time Christmas holiday party events that every Latin person looks forward to with great anticipation. They’re often toned down Latin versions of the US style drunken Christmas office parties. The key for Latins is to get invited to as many as possible- for the free eats and drinks.

#4-The truth about Latin America’s largest employer- Walmart

#5- Face it: Google, Facebook, Twitter and Wassap are actually cyberpimps- ever wonder how many times have they sold you and your dats off to the highest bidder?

#6- How honest and trustworthy are the average Mexican man or woman on the street? A recent boots on the ground “ Lost Wallet” experiment gives us an idea.. and it ain’t good. But are US citizens any better?

#7-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

#8- 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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January 1, 2017  

 #1- Argentina’s Big Brother state is on the grow again, this time creating a bureaucracy (and in conjunction with USA bureaorats ) to crack down on money and assets that continue to flee Argentina. New December 2106 legislation places Argentine tax collection and worldwide asset seizure on steroids- above and beyond the appalling international FATCA and GATCA banking info exchange treaties started by the USA (that we all have grown to despise).

#2- Ayhauaska update: It’s been about 4 years since the Expat Files did a program dealing with that mystical shamanic stuff. In the meantime it’s become quite an underground phenomena up in the states, or so I gather from the emails that keep trickling on said topic.

#3 –When Gringos throw in the Expat towel. Sad to say, a certain percentage of people who make the move to “Vote With Their Feet” are ultimately unsuccessful with their “Plan B”. Some eventually pack up and head back to Seattle or Cleveland. Why does that occasionally happen?

#4-Gringo business ideas: what’s hot and what’s not

#5- A few words about gonnabees and wannabees hoping to get into the coffee business n Latin America

#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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