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

April 27, 2012  

-My Latin American Insider’s seminar is all booked up but if you’re interested in getting on the waiting list for the Guatemala event, email me at theexpatfiles@gmail.com with the word WAITING LIST in the subject line or better yet, go towww.expatwisdom.com and sign in with your email to get full details and updates as well as any info on last minute cancellations.

- Tales of the rudeness of locals as expressed by a first world traveler and his Latina wife who are frequent visitors to Guayaquil, Ecuador. Guayaquil is her home town and the largest city in the country (4+ million) and here are their thoughts (and mine) on that subject.

-No matter what propaganda you’ve heard about improved public transportation systems in big Latin American cities, they are still are worse than 2nd rate. Even the newest traffic-stalling public works projects always lag years behind the public demand for them. By the time a new road or bridge is finished, its under designed and inadequate for future traffic flow.

-Latins don’t read books unless forced to. And though books are very expensive down here, even if bookstores gave them away they’d just sit in a place of honor on living room display shelves and collect dust. Latins are just not interested in reading anything more than the daily papers.

-And now by popular demand, another sure fire business idea for expats and wanabees. An idea that no one seems to have discovered yet (except me)!

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