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

January 20, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #824 SUN, JAN 20 (01-20-2019): 

#1- The 5 ways Medical Tourism websites and companies gouge gringos and expats:

Today we talk about the cost of Medical Tourism and go through some actually numbers in detail. If you live in Latin America and analyze what these outfits offer, it does not look like a good deal at all and is actually a racket. Yes, to a first world person’s mind it represents a substantial savings, but you can actually cut average medical tourism costs by an additional 50% and in this segment you’ll find out how.   

#2- What ever happened to Airport Etiquette?

We all know how the US govt and TSA have ruined the whole airport travel experience. That said, today we mention a few of the more common but unspoken stressors that are routinely injected into the mix that make airport travel even worse. 

#3- There are a few simple clothing items gringos and expats absolutely need to bring in their carry-on luggage, but they almost never do:

You won’t know till you need them…   

#4- Why I will never move to Colombia:

Don’t believe all that happy good news that International Living is saying about Colombia, especially Medellin. Things are really taking a turn for the worse in many many areas. Today we discuss some critically important things you need to know about Colombia that I.L. and other blogsters and pundits don’t want to touch on.. 

#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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January 18, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #823 FRI, JAN 18 (01-18-2019): 

#1- Internet data packages for the Latin American common masses are constantly changing and getting faster, cheaper and more convenient:

Find out what IT packages and services are masses are using and you should sign up for them too.. 

#2- A Latin perspective on the USA Govt shutdown:

The dirty little secret is… that if a Latin govt were to have had a general shutdown no one would notice, except for the fact that the traffic will most probably flow much better and faster. 

#3- The problem with bringing simple power tools (like your B&D cordless drill) down to Latin America:

Its a big problem- if you don’t know the TSA and Airline rules about carrying common rechargeable Lithium ion batteries (like in your electric toothbrush or vibrator or drill) TSA will likely take the big expensive stuff from you at the airport and you’ll never see it again.    

#4- What Latin taxi drivers know that you don’t:

He’s the go to guy if you have just landed in a Latin country and want to know the skinny on the local, political, social and internet connectivity climate. He’ll be happy tell you in an instant.

#5- What happens when Latin unions go on strike?

#6-What do Latino working class people think about socialism?

It all seems to depend on if they personally have friends or relatives who have lived in Cuba or Venezuela.

#7- Proper airplane/airport etiquette and the prevalence of stinky and/or repulsive passengers

#8- 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 

#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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January 13, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #822 SUN, JAN 13 (01-13-2019): 

#1- Amazing Latin American Healthcare full coverage insurance plans are available for Gringos and Expats- with zero to $50 deductible- for a mere $50 to $200 a month:

Yes, it seems unbelievable but are they too good to be true? 

#2- The pitfalls of so called “Medical Tourism”- what you didn’t know and what no one wants to tell you.

Sure, you can save bundle if you pop down to Latin America to have your belly fat sucked out, have dental work done or kidney stone or gall bladder surgery. But guess what? If you make the arrangements through an online medical tourism outfit (there are dozens of such sites.. and in English too), you will pay about TWICE what the local Latinos will pay for the identical service or treatment- at the very same clinics and hospitals and from the very same doctors. Still, for a gringo the price is right and it will look like a great deal but remember, if you come down and do the legwork yourself (and speak Spanish or know someone who does) you can save another 50% off the internet derived “medical tourism” listed fees and not compromise yourself in any way…    

#3- Is Big Brother watching its citizens in Latin America too?

How it is possible that just two cities in Bolivia have 1600 Chinese made ultra-high-tech surveillance cameras that list out at $8000 a piece! Meanwhile, the average Bolivian has no hot running water and the vast majority of towns and cities have no adequate sewage disposal systems or functional water treatment plants (duh?). Turns out the Chinese are worming their way into Latin American governments and industries by giving out and loaning extremely high-tech surveillance equipment (and more) to certain broke and susceptible Latin Governments. The Chinese companies do it by giving the lard-ass Latino bureau-rats offers they just can’t refuse…     

#4- GET A COPY OF JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” at this LINK:

 

#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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January 4, 2019  

#1- Using Cryptocurrency in Latin America- Jan 1, 2019 update

The calm before the storm... today's first a 'boots on the ground' story

#2- First World Healthcare at Third World prices- Jan 1, 2019 update

The Canada and UK national healthcare systems exposed. The subject of today’s “boots on the ground story”

#3- What about those Crazy Latino and Latina proper names that would certainly get a kid an ass – whopping up in the states?

Nick names abound in Latin America. That’s the culture. Most are endearing or descriptive and in no way an insult. However, there is no shortage of horrible and confusing birth names given to kids in Latin America too. Periodically you will meet a person who has been burdened with such a moniker and you won’t believe a parent would do that to a kid. Stranger yet, when you meet a person with a mind-blowing name it will almost always be a result of uneducated parents trying to inject a favorite English word or two into a kid’s birth certificate- generally with laughable or embarrassing results (to us gringos anyway who know better)             

#5- GET A COPY OF JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” at this LINK:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

#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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December 30, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #820 SUN, DEC 30 (12-30-2018):

 #1- Even the poorest of Latin Americans are addicted to social media and their devices:

Yes it’s true. And it wasn’t such a stunning phenomenon even less than a year ago. But now every tortilla lady and shoe shine boy making but $10 a day- and even street urchins- can be seen glued to their phones. How can that be? Who are they connecting with? How can they afford the data plans, or the cost of a somewhat “smart” phone? What caused all that IT stuff to explode at the street level with the sweaty masses when it barely existed even in the upper classes just a few years ago? More to the point, what’s it doing to the hustle bustle of 3rd world and Latin life? What the hell is the world coming to? Today we'll tell all…     

 #2- The un-stated Latin status "point system": 

In the Latin upper middle and wealthy social structure, the people judge you by what car model and year you haveMeanwhile, in the middle, lower middle and poor Latin classes(people without cars) one is judged by his/her cell phone brand and model (no joke!)

 #3- The smart phone theft epidemic in Latin America- the dark industry that perpetuates itself

 #4- The IRS hammers Expat small businessmen:

The unintended consequences of Trump’s new tax rules

#5- GET A COPY OF JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” at this LINK:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 #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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December 28, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #819 FRI, DEC 28 (12-28-2018):

 

#1- How some gringos and expats constantly end up pissing off even the most good-natured Latin Cops:

Or… how to have a very bad day in paradise.          

#2- How to negotiate a bribe with Latin cops and bureaucrats- PART 2.

#3- How to bond with a Latin Cop and why you should do it:

In Latin America it’s always good to have friends in both high and low places. It’s the subject of another amazing, but true “’boots on the ground” story.

#4- Five reason why Latino businessmen prefer gringo and expats clients over their own countrymen:

#5- Gypsy’s, tramps and thieves in Latin America:

How to deal with them without causing a scene or embarrassing yourself (or them)

#6- GET A COPY OF JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” at this LINK:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

#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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December 23, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #818 SUN, DEC 23 (12-23-2018): 

#1- How to Negotiate bribes and kickbacks with Latin Cops and Bureaucrats       

#2- When Gringos have problems with their Latin America Bank accounts:

Pay attention here everyone, because you will have a Latin bank account and this will certainly happen to you. 

#3- Latin American Labor Unions just love to go on strike:

If so, how do said frequent demonstrations, shutdowns and slowdowns affect gringos and expat lives? 

#4- Some “not so obvious” mistakes that clueless Gringos keep repeating over an over again- make that are easily avoided 

#5- Five important reasons why I would never live in Lima, Peru: 

#6- Some little known but very important advantages to being bilingual (besides overcoming the obvious communication barrier): 

#7- GET A COPY OF JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” at this LINK:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/ 

#8- 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  

#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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December 21, 2018  

#1- Encountering scary, smart Expats:

Odds are, visiting Latin America, you’ll discover the average Expat gringo by no means “average” at all. Just the fact that an American is on board with a “Plan B” means he/she a thinking person and in a class by himself. However, the same can’t be said about the majority of NGO “do-gooders” that come to Latin America in organized hive-like groups. You’ll encounter many zombiefied NGO mental lightweights- mainly off the tourist trail. You’ll recognize them at airports too, by their eerily similar looks, matching T-shirts and generic “save the world” type kumbayah slogans.          

#2- How NGO "do-gooders" are NOT helping Latin America:

Though their primary goals appear noble- helping the poor unwashed Latin masses- the secondary effects of NGO troopers on the ground, i.e., their freebees and dissemination of socialist political attitudes and platitudes do more harm than good.    

 #3- Procrastination is NOT your friend. The clock is ticking for anyone planning to getting ass and assets out of Uncle Sam-land:

Know that your “Plan B” window of opportunity is very short. Although you may have a year or two get your physical ass out of Dodge, getting your assets out will be another thing. Worse case, you need to be thinking about how to make money once you arrive.             

#4- More inside information on the migrant caravan:

An expat in Mexico gives us his bird’s eye view direct from the front lines

#5- GET A COPY OF JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” at this LINK:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/ 

#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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December 17, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #816 SUN, DEC 16 (12-16-2018): 

#1- Living in Latin America is not for Dummies:

Today we have Expat opinions on the subject...

#2- Comparing Suicides in Latin America to USA numbers:

#3- There are Millions of Razor Sharp Machetes in Latin America:

Every household, rich and poor, has one or two tucked away or right out in the open, within reach of the kids. Sounds outrageous right? Should we be worried?

#4- Why is it that nearly all Latin American adults accumulate large numbers of physical scars on their bodies?

#5-Airport and airport layover horror stories:

All frequent travelers have had bad airport days. What was your worst experience? Today we have a Canadian lady’s ‘boots on the ground” story that just might be the topper!

#6- Pirate Taxi assaults:

Stay away from non-official “pirate’ taxis. They are cheaper, but locals do get regularly assaulted and robbed on them. Some are setups. That’s the theme of today’s “boots on the ground” story.

#7- GET A COPY OF JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” at this LINK:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

#8- 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 

#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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December 14, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #815- FRI, DEC 14 (12-14-2018): 

#1- Cryptocurrency update- Dec 2018:

Does the recent big blowout and the feeling of pessimism and blood in the streets signal the end of Crypto? Not on your life! But we are now certainly witnessing a big wash out of the weak of heart and will. However, if you have the will and the constitution for it, just strap in and try to enjoy the roller coaster ride. Patience is the name of the game...   

#2- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s January 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar” taking place in Central America from Saturday, January 5th through Friday January 11th. See the signup details by visitingwww.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the Seminar link

 #3- Crossing Latin/USA borders with your Crypto hardware wallet and getting hassled by TSA- today we have some cool stories and cool tips:

If you have any Cryptocurrencies at all, you absolutely need a hardware wallet like “Trezor” or “Nano”. However, when crossing borders these physical devices can sometimes be spotted by USA border agents and TSA (note they are like small flash drives). Carrying these have not been a problem until now. However it’s been recently reported that certain unlucky Americans are starting to be quizzed by border agents for said hardware wallet passwords. Then they will make you initialize it to see your USD balance right then and there. It’s all about that $10000 travel cash reporting limit imposed by various countries like the USA. If you carry one should you be worried? Listen up and learn with today’s great “boots and the ground” story..        

#4- GET A COPY OF JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” at this LINK:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 #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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