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

October 25, 2013  
-You probably know that gringos up north have a life expectancy of more than five beyond Latin Americans in general. That said, you’d be amazed at how many really old even ancient old men and women in their 80’s and 90’s are still out there in the fields working, chopping brush, hauling wood and shlepping water buckets on their backs, etc. By the way, Latins even have a common name for all these very old folks, “ancianos” meaning “ancient ones” in English. So how do these old ancient folks do it... put in a full days work like they were still 35 and without complaints? And what about the so-called first-world diseases of old age like arthritis, hear aliments, cancer and Alzheimer's? Here are some some surprising facts about those spry old Latin “ancianos”…  
 
-Expat Eddie just bought a used Jeep from a pretentious, lard-ass, despicable Latin government type. But it’s not just any Jeep as you’ll soon hear. Yet another true Expat Eddie story you'll have to try to swallow....      
 
-When driving your vehicle in the Latin countryside, beware of landslides, tree trunks and the occasional gigantic boulders… especially in the rainy season. Just know that you can expect to get held up by some kind of natural or unnatural road impediment at any time and get delayed in a traffic bottleneck or two on almost every extended road trip. Sure the local road crews eventually get around to fixing things but usually they do it half-ass. Get this, they often go home after clearing only one lane… allowing the traffic to inch through and thus creating another kind of bottleneck (remember that the street workers themselves can’t afford cars so they don’t have much sympathy for drivers stuck in tough spots... not to mention, they're government workers).    
 
-Latin Americans are very very superstitious. The longer you’re down here the more you realize that there seems to be no limit to the odd things Latins will do to ward off spirits, bad luck, get rich, have beautiful babies, find love and such. And at Halloween it's time to highlight a few of the odder things that make us expats laugh to ourselves. Its never nice to laugh aloud when the locals are involved (and never forget we gringos have a few odd , even irrational, habits of our own)   
 
-My January 2014 “Expat Wisdom” seminar is all set to go so. To check out the agenda and the signup details just click on the Latin American Seminar link on the top of the ExpatWisdom.com mainpage.
 
 -“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 www.ExpatWisdom.com. 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).
 
-Follow the link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com 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.
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