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

March 30, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #746- FRI, MAR 30- (03-30-2018):

#1- Muslims and Arabs in Latin America:

Lately, lots of emails have been coming in expressing concern that radical Muslims may be setting up shop in Latin America intent on making their way through Mexico up to the states. Today we offer some more surprising “boots on the ground” insights on the subject.

 #2- What’s life really like for gringos and expats who decide to live in small Latin towns or out in the boonies?

Many expats prefer a slow, laid-back life in the boonies or a small town. For some time that’s been my choice too. Today we’ll be offering some important tips and suggestions to make life easier if you choose that particular option for your “Plan B”

#3-Did you know that Panama has enacted permanent price controls on twenty-two different basic food items? Shades of Bernie Sanders! That’s reason #435 why Panama is not nearly the expat paradise it once was. Drastic measures like experimenting with price controls (which always fail and cause more dislocations) indicate big problems in an economy. But politicians know they are a great short term way to garner millions of votes from the uneducated masses. 

#4- The truth about “Smart Meters” in Latin America:

#5- Today a Gringa lady listener appraises us of another bad male Latino habit that North Americans will never get used to.

 #6-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 2018. Get the details and check out the early-bird discounts by going towww.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.   

#7- 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 

#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 more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   

 
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March 25, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #745- SUN, MAR 25- (03-25-2018):

#1- TWENTY SOLID reasons why I DO NOT recommend Mexico for anything but the occasional all-inclusive sun and fun resort package deal

I know, I know, we’ve been down this twisted road before but today we’ll be going into much greater detail. This discussion’s for those of you who refuse to see the writing on the wall or haven’t been to the beautiful white sand Mexican beaches lately and haven’t seen the occasional decapitated head wash up on shore.

 #2- How do gringos and expats make good solid friends in the land of superficial gringo wanabees?

Expat wanabees and gonnabees want to know: if they live “off the tourist trail” and are in minimal contact with gringos it might be very difficult to find like-minded friends to bond and hang with. If you consider the fact that most gringos end up living in gated communities, that means they are probably surrounded by many superficial pin-headed gringo wanabees that can afford the gated community lifestyle (sound familiar?) Will they be your new friends? Hope not, but there must be some fun, educated, deep, thinkers out there somewhere, right? But how do you to find them?         

 #3-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 2018. To get on the early-bird discount list and receive the latest updates just send an email to www.theexpatfiles@gmail.com and put the word “seminar” in the subject line.   

 

#4- 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 

#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- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises and updates on the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   

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March 23, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #744- FRI, MAR 23- (03-23-2018):

#1- Homesteading in Latin America:

Tips for expats and gringos who want to live in the Latin American boonies “off the grid” or nearly “off the grid”.

 #2- Johnny’s picks for Living Large on a measly social security check way up in the 5000 to 6000 foot elevation “sweet spot” known as the altiplano:

The fact is that some “altiplano” regions are much more comfortable than others. That’s why the altiplano concept deserves a lot deeper explanation and discussion than you might think. Today you’ll know why.     

#3- What’s life like living and/or homesteading out in the Latin boonies?

Today we present a nice snap shot of the gringo/expat country life…  

#4- What are the best, least expensive and most effective way for gringos and expats to fence in and secure their properties?

Lone standing Latin American properties will very likely need to be fenced in. Today we offer some practical tips specific to protecting your own chosen property homestead n Latin America.  

#5- Johnny has a close encounter with very poisonous snake. You’ll want to sit down when you hear today’s “boots on the ground” story!   

#6-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 2018. To get on the early-bird discount list and receive the latest updates just send an email to www.theexpatfiles@gmail.com and put the word “seminar” in the subject line.   

#7- 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 

#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 more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   

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March 18, 2018  
Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #743- SUN, MAR 18- (03-18-2018):
#1- School shootings in Latin America:
Do they happen south of the border too? If so how frequently. Yes they do happen but the way they happen and the circumstances will certainly surprise you…
 
#2- Owning guns and ammo in Latin America:
Yes you can. Here are the general rules, regs and requirements for gringos and expats. However there are 3 or 4 Latin countries with gun laws so strict it’s very difficult for anyone to jump through the hoops. Wouldn’t you know it, just like Chicago or Washington DC, the Latin countries with the strictest gun laws have the highest homicide rates.      
 
#3- Some tips for “Off the Tourist Trail” expats involved in Latin/Gringo romances- with an emphasis on the case when neither party speaks the other’s language:
Note that just a few years back such relationships were extremely frustrating and near impossible to maintain, especially by phone. Wow have things changed!
 
#4-Sometmes gringos and expats (especially the older ones) throw in the towel and say, “I give up. I’ve had it. I’m NOT learning Spanish. It’s too much trouble and I’m doing ok without it”. What then? That’s the subject of today’s “boots on the ground” story.
 
#5-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 2018. To get on the early-bird discount list and receive the latest updates just send an email to www.theexpatfiles@gmail.com and put the word “seminar” in the subject line.  
 
#6- 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  
 
#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 more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   
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March 16, 2018  
#1- Sage advice for gringos and expats whose idea of a “Plan B” is to live “off the grid” or partially “off the grid”
 
#2- TEN things you really must know about Latin American electric power distribution, service, maintenance and the power grid in general
 
#3-Internet and smartphone service in Latin America:
There are so many options and providers, it’s confusing to try and dissect the various internet plans and packages. Even if your Spanish is pretty good and you think you’ve selected a good plan, a newer, better and cheaper plan is bound to come along in the next few months.
 
#4- More on Latin American Internet and Smartphone plans:
The big question? Should you elect the usual 18 month contract, or the much more anonymous “pay as you go” monthly plan? Today the pros, cons and recommendations. 
 
#5- By popular request, today we have Part 3 of the many loves of Expat Eddie:
An amazing “boots on the ground” culture clash story that will surely leave you speechless!
 
#6-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 2018. To get on the early-bird discount list and receive the latest updates just send an email to www.theexpatfiles@gmail.com and put the word “seminar” in the subject line.   
 
#7- 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  
 
#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 more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com 
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March 11, 2018  
Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #741- SUN, MAR 11- (03-11-2018):
#1- 5 solid reasons why I don’t much recommend Nicaragua anymore as an outstanding “Plan B” for gringos and expats. Here’s why…
 
#2- Today we discuss why so many gringos and expats come down intending to de-stress and uncomplicate their lives then they jump right back on another kind of treadmill:
Sure, some of us are type “A” and just programmed that way but there's more …
 
#3-What Cuba’s healthcare system is really like:
The outside world seems overly impressed by their purported high level of medical care as well as the fact that Cuba exports thousands of well-trained doctors to other countries. That kind of publicity has been a great a feather in the hat of the Castro regime right? Well before you jump on that bandwagon…
 
#4- TEN more very good reasons why the good life “Latin American style” can mostly be found in the “altiplano” regions.
 
#5- By popular demand, today we have Part 2 of the many loves of Expat Eddie:
 
#6-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 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.  
 
#7- 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  
 
#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 more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   
 
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March 9, 2018  
Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #740- FRI, MAR 09- (03-09-2018):
#1- Everyone wants the lowdown on when Gringos and Gringas have intimate relationships with Latinos/Latinas:
Romance, mating, dating and relationships are a funny crazy business most anywhere even more so in Latin America. Today we discuss the finer points of mixed gringo/Latin love matches as well as the major hurdles and problems one is likely to encounter along the way.  
 
#2- Our Gringo hypocrisies in action:
We talk a great deal about how cool it is to be able to afford a full time maid or gardener on the average measly social security check. Why do you think that’s possible? Because of the vast underpaid, under-educated underclass living from day to day ready and willing to work for peanuts. Funny thing though, when we lived up in the states most of us thought our own bosses and/or companies were cheap-ass exploiters of us- the working classes too. So are we not hypocrites?  
 
#3- By popular request we have Expat Eddie checking in with the true story of how a nondescript laid back gringo like himself was so quickly able to win the heart of a Latin American runway model.
Amazingly enough, some years back when they first met she spoke no English (except the phrase “nice to meet you”) and he had a 2nd grader’s  command of about 20 words of Spanish. Sure on his part it was the “Gringo Advantage” but not completely, since Eddie has brown eyes.
 
#4-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 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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March 4, 2018  
Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #739- SUN, MAR 04- (03-04-2018):
#1- Car Accidents in Latin America:
What you definitely need to know if you’re in a car accident and the other guy ends up in the hospital. Heed this advice or you just might end up spending a few uncomfortable days in a seedy Latin jail.
 
#2- The Chinese are moving into a few choice Latin countries in very big way:
Latinos who own and operate large business are beginning to feel the heat from the snowballing Chinese competition. Even Latin governments and crooked politicians, who’ll take a handout and bribe from almost anyone, see that the Chinese drive a hard bargain. Their dough comes with strings attached and a big slice of the action. 
 
#3- Are Latin American Airlines safe?
How do they stack up against the travel and safety records of the first-world big boys? 
 
#4-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar . It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 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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March 2, 2018  
Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #738- FRI, MAR 02- (03-02-2018):
#1- The Latin sense of Humor:
What Latinos find funny and humorous truly escapes most of us gringos and expats. Though some slapstick and physical humor is universal, how then is it we can sit down and watch Latin TV comedy programs for hours on end and never once crack a smile? Most of us see Latin comedy as beyond tedious and embarrassingly juvenile but do keep our mouths shut. That’s simply good form when you’re a guest in a foreign country. Problem is Latin humor mostly consists of junior high school level jokes along with seriously bawdy, sexist and racial overtones. That sort of stuff would get one in big PC trouble if translated and aired on stateside TV. Because it’s more amateurishly embarrassing than funny, gringos almost never seriously split a gut laugh at any translation of a Latino joke (and vice versa). Today we attempt to explain it all by citing a few “lost in translation” examples.
 
#2- DYK that Middle East Muslims and African refugees –as so called “tourists”- are arriving in South America in unprecedented numbers? Most of them never leave. Of course many are trying to get to the USA and about 20% do make the journey and supposedly get through. So then what about the rest who don’t and stay behind in Latin America? Should we gringos and Expats be worried? Well it turns out there are just two Latin countries that allow the vast majority of Museums and African refugees to enter pretty much unimpeded. They are Brazil and Ecuador. Today you’ll get the skinny on what many Latinos see as a revolting development and how it’s affecting other Latin countries who prohibit such open boarder measures.      
 
#3-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. The dates will be Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday July, 12th 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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