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

January 13, 2013  
-Part 4 of Johnny’s essential cheap and dirty travel kit. More descriptions of useful items I carry when traveling and/or exploring as well as additional travel tips for your safety and security:
-Bungee cord tricks… which types are adequate, and why you need to carry two of them.
-Dental floss is not just for your teeth. And don’t worry about losing it or having to share yours.. not likely in Latin America!
Like one Latin dentist says, “down here only dentists and gays use it.” (its one of the more unfortunate “lag time” effects)
-Get a cheap and tiny mp3 player (and here’s what I have loaded in mine)
-Latin music: its everywhere of course. Down here music in general is much more a part of life than it is in the lives of people up in Cleveland(even though they have the rock and Roll hall of fame!) But what do expats really think of Latin Music? Do they understand it, do they even like it? Well here’s what we think of the subject…
-If you come down to Latin America expecting a plethora of memorable songs like La BombaTequila or The Girl from Ipanema, blasting from every speaker on the street…, and bossa nova songs from Sergio Mendez packing the juke boxes (yup, they still have those here) you’ll be greatly disappointed. Oh, there’s plenty of music blasting day and night and at first its ok, but soon it gets old and boring pretty fast. The truth is, no expat I’ve ever met actually is enamored with the Latin music scene!
-Raincoats, umbrellas or modified garbage bags? Here’s the scoop on how smart expats stay dry in the rainy season. Here’s what to take along in your travel kit…
-A sunscreen primer: some tricks on what to use and carry
-Napkins and moist towel wipes; don’t leave home without em’
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-I’ve put together a mixed media program specifically for expats and wanabees called the 'New 5 Flags'. Just head over immediately to and get all the details. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
-Follow the link on the main page at to schedule a 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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