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

October 4, 2013  
-As we step(er.. more like stumble) into different cultures, all of us gringos and expats commit our share of social gaffs never realizing it. And because Latins are generally more kind and forgiving than us infinitely more anal first worlder's, they almost never call us out on it. Latins avoid awkward moments and embarrassing incidents at all costs. And luckily our “gringo advantage” insures that the locals cut us even more slack. Thankfully, after a some months us foreigners finally do get the hang of many of odd Latin social norms but there are some very subtle social conventions most of us continue to violate and don’t know it. Here are some examples...  
 
2-We’ve all heard about those famously explosive Latina tempers, especially volatile regarding painfully sensitive topics like love, romance and jealousy. And speaking of jealousy; Latins really do have an extra jealousy jean with a capital “J”. That said, you might wonder what expats do when faced with an explosive emotional display like that in their relationships. Do they try to reason it out logically or lay low and stay well clear of the silverware, pots and pans? 
  
3-Today we have a very recent interview with a skeptical gringo who attended the latest Expat Wisdom seminar in June. Hear what he has to say about his own "boots on the ground" experience in Central America while with the Expart Wisdom crew. 

4 -Pencil in your calendar for this coming January. That’s when my next Expat Wisdom Seminar event is scheduled, “off the gringo tourist trail” of course. This time we’ll be starting the adventure on Sunday Jan 19th and ending late Thursday night the 23rd. If you plan on attending please email me at theexpatfiles@gmail.com orJohnny@ExpatWisdom.com and I’ll be sure to send you the full details.
 
5- “AN EXPAT’S GUIDE TO FIRST-WORLD  HEALTHCARE IN LATIN AMERICA”That’s the name of my long awaited free report. It’s finally finished and will be available for a time at www.ExpatWisdom.com. 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).

6-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 ExpatWisdom.com and click on the “slideshow” link.   
-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.
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