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

September 16, 2013  
-More specifics on the trials an tribulations an expat might encounter when starting up a small business south of the boarder.
-Next time you get invited to eat at your new friend Jesus or Jose’s house, remember that their wives and girlfriends (whether poor, lower, middle or upper class) as well as their cooks and maids preparing the food will cook exclusively with a mix of margarine, cheap hydrogenated vegetable oils (like palm oil), chicken fat (yuk!) and lard from bacon fat (double yuk!). And though Latins use the word “mantequilla” (which means butter) interchangeably for both margarine and butter, you can bet that 99% of the time when the lady of the house says, “pass the mantequilla, por favor” it will be cheap-ass artery-clogging margarine she’s gonna hand you!   
- Now for another strange expat success story: This time its about an expat in Nicaragua who is filling the growing local demand organic coconut oil.
-Have you an idea for a business in Latin America? Well, if for whatever reason you think you’ll need a Latin as a business partner along the way, here are some of the do’s and dont’s and what to expect when you are considering such a tricky move. Do pay attention to this segment … because now you’re about to hear some very un-PC (but pointed) insights from expats in business who’ve taken on Latin partners and lived to regret it!  
 -If you’re interested in getting in the waiting list for an Expat Wisdom Seminar (probably in January) just send an email ( and I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop
“AN EXPAT’S GUIDE TO FIRST-WORLD  HEALTHCARE IN LATIN AMERICA”, That’s the name of my newly-revised free report. It’s finally finished and will be available for a time at 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).
 -For all of you curious about how our last Expat Wisdom seminar in June went down…  two of our attendees, Deane and Heather, put together a great 10 min slideshow/audio clip with some very cool visuals. Now you can see what it was like (and what you missed) as we all trucked around with our “boots on the ground” Just go to and click on the “slideshow” link.   
   -Follow the link on the main page at 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.
-And while you’re at don’t forget to pick up your free reports! 
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