March 10, 2014
Few female expat wannabees and gonnabees truly understand the plight of women (of all socioeconomic classes) when living in a Latin macho society. True, a few first-world ladies have some knowledge of the male macho thing, but no gringa up north knows the full extent of the macho effect unless she’s actually dated (or married) a Latin guy up north, hung around with a Latin girlfriend or has been a frequent guest in a 100% Latin home.
-Today we have another absolutely true expat story of a Canadian who landed way “off the gringo tourist trail” some 15 years ago. Our hockey man found Latin life so cheap, fun and easy that he ended up doing what so many single, lonely gringos do. He became a party animal and nearly became the poster boy for a Jimmy Buffet song. Then after striking it big in business, and finding his true Latina love and settling down, another weird expat life experience began…
-Why do so many Latin adolescent boys and young men still go to church on Sunday when most don’t really believe in the ceremonial part at all and could easily get out of the weekly event with no family recriminations whatsoever? You’ll be surprised at the answer (or not!) and it has nothing to do with faith or guilt.
-Note that when you hit any Latin beach town, you’re bound to run into a few long term expats who have gone completely “native”. Here’s a short primer on that subject..
-A word about those fabulous and famous local “Expat bars” you fond in every decent sized Latin city… and why you should try to avoid them as much as possible.
-Do 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.