March 2, 2014
-One of the unspoken anxieties new expats have is a fear of snakes, bugs and unpleasant animals… some of which inevitably end up inside our homes. So why freak out about it? After all, most of Latin America is in the tropics and thus home to many super-sized spiders, insects and of course… snakes. Here’s what you might like to know regarding that creepy subject… and what to do about it.
-Latin cops are notorious for not showing up the day you call for their assistance. Many times they just don’t show up at all. Its a flip of a coin. But there are certain things one might say to the police dispatcher (provided they answer the phone at all) that will instantly make your call a priority… then once they arrive your gringo advantage will kick in.
-People are always sending emails asking where, and how I do the Expat Files shows. Well today for example, I’m looking through a huge window from a cabin on a mountainside and staring at a number of very colorful tropical birds as they pick holes in a very large pendulant avocado. There are a few avocado trees of various species on this property all quite different in both look and taste. DYK: there are at least 12 different kinds of avocados? Unfortunately the very best type is so fragile that you'll probably never get a chance to try one at all in your life.
-It takes most gringos and expats a season or two to get accustomed the sun, humidity, tropical weather and extended rainy seasons. The climate will certainly have a harsh effect on your house or office. Here are some building and maintenance tips that will help you avoid the many headaches and common problems that Latins have simply learned to live with (but you really don’t have to).
-Follow the link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com to schedule a private consultation with Johnny. If you want to discuss the details of living, working, playing, doing business and/or retiring in Latin America. Now you can discuss your situation one on one.