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

February 25, 2018  
Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #737- SUN, FEB 25- (02-25-2018):
#1- If you drive in Latin America, you'll hit many potholes and suffer many annoying flat tires. Worse yet, in time your wheel rims will get damaged and pitted by the many pothole impacts. Eventually the tire rims will become slightly eccentric and not allow the tire to seal properly. That means buying a new rim or two, and if you have newer nicer car, original rims could cost hundreds. So in our first “boots on the ground” story today you’ll see it doesn’t have to work out that way. There's a very cheap work around, and here's the tip…   
 
#2- Cost of Living and real estate "bubble" update in the Latin cities and burbs:
There are amazing rental opportunities popping up all over the place due to massive overbuilding and excessive house and apartment supply. That’s especially true in the higher end housing market- the places gringos and expats are always on the lookout for. Fortunately for us, thousands of newer and even brand-new residential towers, condos and townhouses are sitting vacant, and have been for months. Still new units are continuously come on line and in vast numbers. Very very bad for clueless owners and developers but a golden opportunity for gringos and expats looking to rent. Today we have another “boots on the ground” story that says it all…
 
#3-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” in early July 2018. To get on the early bird discount list and receive the latest updates, just send an email to www.theexpatfies@gmail.com and put the word “seminar” in the subject line.    
 
#5- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy  
 
#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- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   
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February 23, 2018  
Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #736- FRI, FEB 23- (02-23-2018):
#1- It’s a small world after all:
Gringos and expats find out quite soon that in Latin America many things like sinks, toilets, stairs and doors are pint-sized. But that’s not all. So are cloths and clothing sizes. That means apparel selection and cloths shopping can be a constant problem for many big, tall, supersized and even normal-sized gringos and expats. Today we offer some tips.    
 
#2- Those famous paca stores have a reputation as being for the poor and lower classes. Are they worth checking out? In a word “yes” but not all of them are. Again its location, location, location. Today we have some tips and recommendations for gringos and expats shopping for cloths and today’s “boots on the ground” story.
 
#3- A few words concerning certain types of classist, pompous, English speaking Latin people you’re bound to meet along the way. I prefer to avoid such people myself and suggest you do so too. However when you first arrive and your Spanish sucks you will encounter them on a regular basis though soon enough you will see through the crap and the posing. Sure I know, everyone’s got defects but……. 
 
#4- You’ll often see Indigenous ladies doing laundry in streams, rivers, pilas and wash basins. Its because they can’t afford a washing machine or the laundromat, right? Well, you’d assume so but it’s not that simple…
 
#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 intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy  
 
#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- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   
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February 18, 2018  
Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #735- SUN, FEB 18- (02-18-2018):
#1- Dissecting the gringo price phenomena: or how locals constantly pull the wool over the eyes of newbie expats and gringos.
Local souvenir and trinket sellers manage to double and triple team gringos, often convincing them to buy things for 4 and even 5 times their “off the tourist” trail value. The more gringos in a given area the more prevalent the problem. Of course most gringos are happy with their little purchases and don’t know what hit them till someone mentions it after the fact. Often they never find out at all and sometimes it’s better that way. Why ruin a nice vacation over a $10 doll you later discover in a Cleveland Walmart for 5 bucks.
 
#2- How USA franchises kick ass in Latin America and why there are still amazing opportunities and niches if you want to get into the game. It's the subject of today’s ‘boots on the ground ‘story.
 
#3- Those hard concrete and tile Latin floors are everywhere and can be hard on a person suffering leg, hip or joint problems. Today we talk about possible solutions.  
 
#4- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at: www.TheNewExpat.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 intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy 
 
#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- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   
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February 16, 2018  
Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #734- FRI, FEB 16- (02-16-2018):
#1- The gringo “sucker” setup:
A short primer on how some fresh new gringo expats literally set themselves up to be gouged and/or ripped off.
 
#2- A few words about so- called Latin “Helicopter” Schools
If you recall, they’re high-end private k-12 schools that generally have a few real USA trained gringo teachers (a typical low-paying but enjoyable, fall back gringo employment opportunity). Did you know that many of these schools are not just 100% bi-lingual but 100% tri-lingual?
 
#3- Given that by our standards most Latins are quite poor and less educated, and for some of us expats and gringos it’s a special conundrum as to why so many Latin grade school kids are still so very polite, civil and respectful of other people and their property. You might assume it should be just the opposite....
 
#4- Latinos have a high school drop-out rate that’s severe, and there’s an epidemic of illiteracy and semi-literacy in older Latin adults
 
#5 –BEWARE of cocky gringo and expat know-it-alls. They’re a dime a dozen on the gringo tourist trail. Yes, the show can be amusing but….  
 
#6- Captain Mango gets snookered by another crazy Latin superstition,
 
#7- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at: http://www.thenewexpat.com/
 
#8- 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 intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy  
 
#9- 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. 
 
#10- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   
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February 12, 2018  
Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #733- SUN, FEB 11- (02-11-2018):
 #1- A group of smart Latinos have discovered there’s “sure thing” money in giving cryptocurrency seminars. You wouldn’t believe how popular these things are. Everyone wants to get in on the so-called “easy money”. Yup like the old California gold rush days of the 1900’s, the guys that made consistent dough weren’t the miners but the ones that sold the picks and shovels.
 
#2- A sad expose’ on lower class Latin macho men. Specifically the bad manners and habits they bring along with them when they enter the USA
 
#3- EMP risks: what might happen in Latin America if the power grid goes down.  
 
#4 -Solar power system sizing in Latin America. It all depends whether you’re living in a beach house, the lowlands or in the altiplano. In each case there are a variety of calculations and not-so-obvious details to consider.
 
#5- More “boots on the ground” tips to consider when going solar and off-the-grid in Latin America
 
#6- Today we describe a few surprisingly common errors in Latin building construction and techniques that most gringos and expats don’t find out about until it’s too late 
#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
#8- 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 intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy  
 
#9- 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. 
 
#10- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check out www.TheNewExpat.com   
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February 9, 2018  
Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #732- FRI, FEB 09- (02-09-2018):
 #1- What happens when Gringos and Expats come up against Latin superstitions?
When faced with  firmly held Latin superstitions, its best to just watch, shut up and play along. Don’t argue or try using logic. Sure you’ll win the intellectual battle but in the end lose the war. Brains do not stump superstition.
 
#2- Regarding Latin macho men, extreme male pride, and some things you can expect to see when living in the testosterone fueled Latin culture.
 
#3- Driveway chickens and their little eggs  
 
#4-When squatters invade your property and what to do is the subject of today's “boots in the ground” story .
 
#5- Because of the Latin macho culture, you’ll hear talk about family feuds and stories about personal revenge. That’s especially true since Latin men are serial cheaters and inevitably get caught. Someone has to pay the piper.
 
#6- How much does marijuana cost worldwide? Where is it most expensive? Where is it dirt cheap? You’ll be surprised!  
 
#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
#8- 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 intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy  
 
#9- 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. 
 
#10- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   
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February 4, 2018  
Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #731- SUN, FEB 04- (02-04-2018):
 #1- Don’t panic if when using a Latin ATM machine the dough doesn’t pop out. Its rare but it can happen. But then what to do? It’s part of today’s “boots on the ground” story.
 
#2- Using Latin ATM machines: A few choice tips.
 
#3- An update on recouping and maintaining some privacy and anonymity in Latin America.   
 
#4- The “not so creative” Latin art of linguistic insults and curses: Street talk Spanish style.
 
#5- Autumn/spring relationships:
20+ year age spreads in couples are fairly common in Latin America. Sure, the stereotype is a young, pretty, barefoot Latina with a potbellied, balding older guy (with money). However it’s a bit more complicated than that. In fact there have been many hit Latin songs on that very theme.
 
#6- The sad truth about Latin charities and NGO’s  
 
#7- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at:http://www.thenewexpat.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- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and much more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   
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February 2, 2018  
Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #730- FRI, FEB 02- (02-02-2018):
 #1- Update on the use and abuse of USD funny-money in Latin America: 
What denominations of USD are most commonly and easily accepted? How Latin banks are dealing with the influx of US dough. What about dollar acceptance at small tiendas and businesses? And finally, a word on counterfeit dough in Latin America.    
 
#2- Until the recent 21st century influx of gringos and expats, Latin America had been specifically populated by shorter, smaller people. That means there are many physical obstacles normal sized gringos and expats must be aware of or suffer the consequences. Always remember, if you’re careless and get hurt… there’s no one to sue. So beware of uneven stairs, cramped entrances and low-hanging door jams and such.
 
#3- When 1st- world construction is NOT 1st- world construction. Don't believe the Latin builder/architect hype about gringo construction standards cuz it just ain't so. 
 
#4-Ten annoying things you’re bound to discover only AFTER you’ve moved in to that nice so- called 1st world gated community.
 
#5- An expose of the dangers and risks of Bitcoin users and Bitcoin miners in Venezuela and how the black market in cryptocurrencies is keeping the upper middle-class afloat 
#6- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at: www.TheNewExpat.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- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises, the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and much more check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   
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