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

July 27, 2014  

From the “be careful what you wish for department”: The Nicaragua Canal- PART II. Ask yourself, where are they going to put 200 million cubic yards of sludge and rock left over after dredging the proposed channel in Lake Nicaragua? And that’s just the excess stuff that must be removed to make the 90 foot deep proposed channel in the 60 mile lake route. Note that doesn’t include what's to be dug out of the 120 mile channel (twice as long) cut along the land route. And by the way, that 200 million cubic yards from just the lake dredging measures out to about 4 times the rock, soot and lava that blewing off as Mt. St. Helens erupted. Once again, where’s all that crud going to get dumped? That said, there’s no end to the engineering and logistics problems posed by this new canal…    

-Time to find out when a “gringo” is not a gringo?  

-How do Latins address “sensitive” hyphenated North American ethnic tourist types? Well, except for one particularly odd ethnic case, Latins just don’t make those distinctions or even get the concept when you try to explain it to them. Thus they follow none of the unwritten stateside PC name rules that pervade Cleveland, Danville and Cucamonga (yup, that’s a real place, and it’s in California).      

-Besides being a cheap and dirty way to lodge, backpacker hotels and hostels offer young, free and easy adults certain things they can’t find in a traditional hotel setting- like shared bathrooms, bacteria and bedbugs as well as the extremely friendly company of other free and easy adults!                  

-Do follow the link on the main page at to schedule a private phone, Skype or Mumble consult with me. If you want to discuss the details of living, working, playing, doing business and/or retiring in Latin America. Now you and I can talk about your situation one on one.   

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