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

September 23, 2013  
-Part II of an expat chocoholic’s step by step journey into the world of cacao beans and the pursuit of quality chocolate candy in Latin America  
-Just a few words of warning. When you’re about to have workmen in your house for any kind of repair job you must take precautions before hand since they absolutely never clean up after themselves. You need to take some evasive maneuvers and be prepared for a major mess (and possibly some damage caused by sheer inattentive clumsiness)   
-The vast majority of us long term expats have maids and cleaning ladies. And the fact is that most all of them are quite closed-mouth and timid when they’re around us gringos (we can be intimidating). Unfortunately we rarely know what they’re really thinking. So wouldn’t you like to know, when these ladies get together privately, what are saying about their gringo and Latin bosses? Of course you’ll never know what they’re saying or thinking unless you speak decent Spanish and are a good stealthy eavesdropper…. like ME!!
-Occasionally when scanning one of the larger Latin newspapers you’ll see a deal on a product or service that seems too good to be true: like for example 50% off on everything in a certain appliance store. But the fact is, often what seems unbelievable is really true… but you absolutely must act on that deal the very day its offered because a day later that deal is often finished and won’t be back again for maybe a year or so (or never). 
-Here is Part One of an intimate discussion regarding the concessions expat men find they have to make when they have Latin wives or girlfriends. Turns out, due to our societal and social differences we occasionally have to force ourselves be sensitive to certain illogical Latin customs. Expats must bend a bit. In doing so, just remember that to the Latin way of thinking we first worlder’s have some pretty illogical social customs ourselves! (I concur)    
-If you’re interested in getting in the waiting list for an Expat Wisdom Seminar (probably in January) just send an email ( and I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop
“AN EXPAT’S GUIDE TO FIRST-WORLD  HEALTHCARE IN LATIN AMERICA”, That’s the name of my long awaited free report. It’s finally finished and will be available for a time at Grab a copy and than compare how 21st century Latin American healthcare stacks up to your Heathcare in the states. Read it and weep! And remember the report is free(at least for now).
 -For all of you curious about how our last Expat Wisdom seminar in June went down…  two of our attendees, Deane and Heather, put together a great 10 min slideshow/audio clip with some very cool visuals. Now you can see what it was like (and what you missed) as we all trucked around with our “boots on the ground” Just go to and click on the “slideshow” link.   
   -Follow the link on the main page at to schedule a private consultation 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.
-And while you’re at don’t forget to pick up your free reports! 
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