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

September 29, 2017  
#1- Some real surprises await Johnny as he visits a big Latin American music store:
The “Gringo advantage” strikes again. When you are off the tourist trail and enter almost any retail store, you just might be the only gringo that has ever stepped into the place. Even if you aren’t he first you still are a rarity and can expect some extra special treatment… often as if you were a “B grade” rock star. With today’s” boots on the ground” story, hear how these things can go when you’re the only gringo around.   
 
#2- Come on down to Latin America and watch your gringo friends and acquaintances unwittingly permit their own young children to adopt many bad habits of “entitled” Latin rich kids.
Don’t think it can’t happen in your family? Even though gringo parents complain about the behaviors of wealthy Latin kids, their own kids are often programmed to walk down that same path. You won’t believe how common (and truly ironic) it is. Unfortunately it’s hard to control, especially when your young kid(s) will be “helicopter” schooled alongside hoards of entitled Latin kids. Worse yet, gringos hire maids and nannys that further exacerbate the little “prince and princess” syndrome. One easy way to avoid such problems is to home-school kids as many gringo families do. Hurrah!
 
#3- Some very simple tips that could very well save your phones, computers and electrical devices in the event of a solar mass ejection or EMP. Few people are aware of these easy steps that could very well be lifesavers
 
# 4- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com 
 
#5- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.
 

#6- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at

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September 24, 2017  

#1- (Anti)Social Media in Latin America and how its negatively affecting the local population:
Yes, a certain small percentage of middle and upper-class Latins are addicted to Twitter and Facebook (who’d a thunk?) They have even invented a new vocabulary word for those particular stupid addictions. That said, about 80% of Latinos with little or no discretionary income have found the “whats up” app virtually all they need- and its virtually free too, that’s the point.

#2- An important update on the big Mexico City 7.1 earthquake, with some surprising details no one in the media wants to talk about

#3- Mormons converge on Johnny and try to convert him:
Hear today's “boots on the ground story”. This could happen to you.

#4- Ten great tips for gringos and expats when dealing with the often stifling Latin bureaucracy:
You can expect things to take much much longer than originally planned and expect to get bad or dated info on blogs and English and Spanish websites as well bad or dated info on so called “official” govt sites too. Today we have a primer on what can go wrong on that count and how to be prepared for those eventualities.

#5- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s Latin American “Expat Insider” Seminar. The next one will take place in and around Guatemala, Central America on Sat, January 6th  through Thurs, January 11th  2018. Get on the earlybird list and signup, details at www.TheNewExpat.com

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#7- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

#8- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com#1- (Anti)Social Media in Latin America and how its negatively affecting the local population:
Yes, a certain small percentage of middle and upper-class Latins are addicted to Twitter and Facebook (who’d a thunk?) They have even invented a new vocabulary word for those particular stupid addictions. That said, about 80% of Latinos with little or no discretionary income have found the “whats up” app virtually all they need- and its virtually free too, that’s the point.

#2- An important update on the big Mexico City 7.1 earthquake, with some surprising details no one in the media wants to talk about

#3- Mormons converge on Johnny and try to convert him:
Hear today's “boots on the ground story”. This could happen to you.

#4- Ten great tips for gringos and expats when dealing with the often stifling Latin bureaucracy:
You can expect things to take much much longer than originally planned and expect to get bad or dated info on blogs and English and Spanish websites as well bad or dated info on so called “official” govt sites too. Today we have a primer on what can go wrong on that count and how to be prepared for those eventualities.

#5- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s Latin American “Expat Insider” Seminar. The next one will take place in and around Guatemala, Central America on Sat, January 6th  through Thurs, January 11th  2018. Get on the earlybird list and signup, details at www.TheNewExpat.com

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#7- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

#8- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com

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September 22, 2017  

#1- Expat Eddie outlines a few of his own pointed Latin learning experiences as a gringo boss, including interviewing, hiring, firing, managing and training Latin workers.

#2- When gringos get into car accidents.
What if a gringo didn’t know Spanish, had an expired driver’s license and no insurance. On top of that, what if he totaled the other guy’s car, the passengers were injured and two different types of cops showed up? Oh.. and it was obviously the gringo’s fault and he admitted it?
Hopeless huh? Not quite, today's true “boots on the ground” story actually has a somewhat happy ending.

#3- Skinflint Gringos in Latin America. How are they perceived and  received by the locals? Yes cheapskates are down here by the millions, many having had a Peace Corps or college backpacking experience that so impressed them as young adults that they are driven back down to recapture the feeling and  excitement as middle-aged or retired cheapskates. Even Expat Eddie, a highly successful guy, says he’s got a skinflint backpacker gene on his blood that he just can’t shake. But luckily, a cheapskate’s budget (in the states) often buys a 3rd world banquet.

#4- The “real” life expectancy figures in Latin Americans.

#5- DYK there are 3 types of Latin police?
Today we explanation of what each is supposed to be doing, versus what they are really doing (besides eat, belch, breath, fart, waste money and time while taking up valuable space).

#6- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s Latin American “Expat Insider” Seminar. The next one will take place in and around Guatemala, Central America on Sat, January 6th  through Thurs, January 11th  2018. Get on the earlybird list and signup, details at www.TheNewExpat.com

# 7- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#8- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

#9- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com

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September 17, 2017  
#1- Latin driving tips:
What to watch out for and what NOT to do- or, how to kill a nice new vehicle in three easy steps.
 
#2- Buying a used car in Latin America: things you certainly would never have considered, along with my own best and worst vehicle recommendations for Latin American driving.
 
#3- Car dealership vehicle warranties and guarantees in Latin America. Yes they actually exist and are mostly honored by sellers(sometimes). But there are some important caveats you should be aware of.  
 
#4- When Expats have motorcycles: no its not recommended but some gringos still buy and use them. Yet another strange but true “boots on the ground” story.
 
#5- More surprising news about vaccines in Latin America: this is a truly amazing “boots on the ground” story
 
#6- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s Latin American “Expat Insider” Seminar. The next one will take place in and around Guatemala, Central America on Sat, January 6th through Thurs, January 11th  2018. Get on the earlybird list and signup, details at www.TheNewExpat.com
 
# 7- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com 
 
#8- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.
 
#9- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com
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September 15, 2017  

#1- Living in earthquake territory; Mexico just had an 8.2- the strongest there in 100years. Today we have some tips, advice and lessons learned  about living working playing and/or retiring in earthquake country

#2- The many problems involved in owning a beach house or island property: a cautionary tale. It can be great fun (with bragging rites) at first, but in the end it boils down to you and your property versus mother nature. She always wins but you do have a fighting chance if you follow today’s simple tips. Unfortunately, often when gringos fall in love with a beach property they fail to plan for the corrosive saltwater, tempests and hurricanes

#3- More US imposed Big Brother restrictions. Get ready for more intrusive data retrieval and collection when traveling overseas: yet more reasons to get that “Plan B” underway

#4- Can you trust that your Latin home or apartment is well enough constructed to withstand hurricanes, earthquakes and tropical storms? How can you tell? Today’s “boots on the ground” story.

#5- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s Latin American “Expat Insider” Seminar. The next one will take place on Sat, January 6th  through Thurs, January 11th  2018. Get on the earlybird list and signup details at www.TheNewExpat.com

# 6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#7- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

#8- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com

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September 10, 2017  
#1- Buying vintage, antique and classic cars in Latin America- Part 2  
 
#2- Latins are Leather and cloth upholstery experts. They do the work for amazingly low prices. Upholsterers work for approximately $20-25 per day, not per hour. That means, feel free to buy junk furniture, sofas, etc., and get them redone. The'll be showroom new. Yes, there are some pretty tacky upholsters out there too, you just need to know the difference.
 
#3- A consumer warning and some bad news about buying certain used cars when you are down in Latin America
 
#4- Hurricanes and tropical storms in Latin America.
Should gringos and expats be worried? Yes there are places where you can be absolutely safe from the brunt of any tropical storm. Its that thing about location, location, location.
 
#5- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s Latin American “Expat Insider” Seminar. The next one will take place on Sat, January 6th  through Thurs, January 11th  2018. Get on the earlybird list and get the info signup details by emailing Johnny at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
 
# 6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com 
 
#8- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.
 
#9- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire atwww.TheNewExpat.com
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September 8, 2017  

#1- The real truth about “Gringo- vs- Latin” prices. Today’s first “boots on the ground" story shows you how to spot price gouging and work around that phenomena.

#2- Johnny takes a trip to the hardware / building supply store. Today’s second “boots on the ground” story is for do-it-yourself types who like tinkering.

#3- Some recent examples of the “true’ cost of living in Latin America, both on and off the gringo tourist trail

#4- FACT: All buildings, houses and apartments in Latin America will leak in the rainy season - so be prepared. You can either accept that fact as an act of nature (as all Latins do) or attack the problem like a determined first-world gringo. Note that it might involve seemingly endless trips trips to the hardware store.

#5- TEN hot tips when dealing with the bad habits of Latin building contractors, repair men and car mechanics. Pay attention because these will surely save you undue headaches, stress and grief.

#6- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s Latin American “Expat Insider” Seminar. The next one will take place on Sat, January 6th  through Thurs, January 11th,  2018. Get on the earlybird list and info signup details by emailing Johnny at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

# 7- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#8- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

#9- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com

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September 3, 2017  

#1- Ten things you must know when taking on a Latino business partner: the do’s, dont's, realities the pitfalls.

#2- The scoop on gringo and expat legal name changes in Latin America: the why’s, where’s and the in’s and outs.

#3- When gringos rip off gringos: Latin America is fertile ground for gringo con men and scammers. Surprisingly enough, gringos and expats are often sucked in and scammed by other likable smooth-talking gringos- not so much by Latinos (as you might have assumed). Though it does make sense- what with so many gullible ever-trusting gringos and expats looking to get in on the next big land, business or real estate opportunity.

#4- Friends and family will eventually come to visit - and certainly crash at your Latin paradise (pad). You can count on it. But normally they’ll only fly down after much time has passed and they come to realize you are really happy, living the good life and  haven’t been kidnapped or eaten by cannibals. Some of those visitors will arrive, like it way too much and stay way too long. Yes, and they’ll be back. That can be a problem.

#5- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s Latin American “Expat Insider” Seminar. The next one will take place on Sat, January 6th  through Thurs, January 11th  2018. Get on the earlybird list and get the info signup details by emailing Johnny at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#7- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

#8- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com

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September 1, 2017  

#1- Yes, I occasionally get weird questions from listeners. For example, how about this one, “Johnny what do you know about "circumcisions" in Latin America?”

#2- In many Latin countries, more kids are born in the home, delivered by a “comadrona”( midwife), than in regular hospitals. Therefore in the home or campo (the boonies) there are very few caesarean births. Although, just like in the states, caesarean births in hospitals are very common occurrence whether necessary or not (mostly not).

#3- The word on the street here in Latin America is that millions of Latinos in the states are very afraid of Trump and his scaled-up deportation efforts. The immediate effect is that stateside Latinos have dramatically stepped up their remissa dollar transfers back home. Today remissas are at all time highs. Why should that be? Because most of them who snuck in left tin-shack homes in crap-hole slums and figure if they do get shipped back they’ll want to have a much nicer place upon arrival. That’s why of late a large percentage of remissas are being diverted to home construction and improvement. Today’s boots-on-the- ground story is just such a testimonial.

#4- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s Latin American “Expat Insider” Seminar. The next one will take place on Sat, January 6th  through Thurs, January 11th  2018. Get on the earlybird list and get the info signup details by emailing Johnny at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

#5- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#6- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

#7- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com

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