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

December 16, 2016  
 #1- Mating, Dating and Relationships in Latin America:
Of course its only natural that while in Latin America, single Gringos/Gringas and Latina/Latinos will be mating dating and hooking up all the time. Things can go very smoothly, or not, and sometimes we can be clueless and things can go terribly wrong. Today we have three true life dating, mating and romance failure stories. Then we have some warnings signs and tips to be on the lookout for and how you can head off or avoid relationship disasters before things go south or out of control. Unfortunately most will read or listen to this stuff and agree with it, though most won’t take the advice. Seems we all have to make our own relationship mistakes…     
 
 #2- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. Just send an email totheexpatfiles@gmail.com or click on this link: http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-anuary-2017-latin-american-insider-seminar/
There are only one or two spots left so act now!!
 
 #3-Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You can now listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone. The phone number is: 1-701-719-0893
 
#4- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your Plan B  and the next best way to get started without actually coming to Latin America. Atwww.ExpatPlanB.com see the three video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.
 
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December 11, 2016  
#1- Part 4: Today we have our final segment on the Decameron “all inclusive” Latin beach resorts-revisited. Decamerons offer the least expensive “all inclusive” first-world style resort packages by far- and places that almost no native born American has ever heard of. Today we explain just what kind of people spend money to go to these resorts. Now being that these resorts are a totally Latin American product, there’s an ever present subtle (and not so subtle) class system ranking among the guests. That said, your Gringo advantage is super strong at these resorts. Yes, you’ll be in a class of your own in a throng of unabashed gringo wannabees.   
 
#2- Burning the Devil: Yes the Dec 7th “torch the red devil” Latin holiday tradition went off again as usual, but this year with a vindictive twist. For the first time, blond-haired devils (Donald Trump effigies) appeared along side the regular Satan pinatas and were torched along with him too.
 
#3- Global Warming in Latin America: If it exists down here, no one seems to gives a damn since its almost never spoken of. Meanwhile, 50% of Latin families still cook with wood, blow off millions of tons of fireworks a year and burn over 100 million paper mache Devils every Dec 7 (for their annual “burn the devil” holiday ritual).  
 
#4 Those famous Cucaracha Killer Balls: By popular demand, today we repeat the simple organic roach killer recipe. Local Latins believe roaches just come with the turf, a necessary evil. That’s because they have never heard of those amazing cuca balls…        
 
#5- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. Just send an email to theexpatfiles@gmail.com or click on this link: http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-anuary-2017-latin-american-insider-seminar/
There are only one or two spots left so act now!!
 
#6-Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You can now listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone. The phone number is: 1-701-719-0893
 
#7- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your Plan B  and the next best way to get started without actually coming to Latin America. At www.ExpatPlanB.com see the three video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.
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December 9, 2016  

#1- Part 3: The Decameron “all inclusive” Latin beach resorts revisited.
One of the least expensive “all inclusive” first-world style resort packages by far- and one place that almost no native born Americans have ever heard of- today we explore their Special Membership Club package in more detail. We find out how much it really costs to retire and live at one or more of these resorts year round including the add on’s and extras you should be aware of before signing on the dotted line.

#2- More very good reasons why you need a Latin lawyer- even if you think your Spanish is plenty good enough to maneuver through Latin government bureaucracy- today another crazy but true “boots on the ground” story:

#3- What you need to know know about laundry and laundromats in Latin America- an unexciting but necessary discussion

#4- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. Just send an email to theexpatfiles@gmail.com or click on this link: http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-anuary-2017-latin-american-insider-seminar/
There are only 2 spots left so act now!!

#5. Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You can now listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone. The phone number is: 1-701-719-0893

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your Plan B  and the next best way to get started without actually coming to Latin America yourself. At www.ExpatPlanB.com see the three video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.

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December 4, 2016  
 
#2- The Decameron “all inclusive” Latin beach resorts revisited: Part 2
Considered to be the least expensive “all inclusive” first-world style resort package in the world that most first-world people have ever heard about. Today we’ll explore the how the sales reps sell you the club packages/plans and what to look out for and what will best serve your needs.
 
#2 Teaching or tutoring English in Latin America: can you really support yourself doing that? Some facts and tips on how to do so.
 
#3- Goodwill, Salvation Army and Vintage clothing stores; Do similar places exist in Latin America?
 
#4- Nine out of ten Latin lawyers are male: what do you expect from a macho society? Though things are changing with the upcoming generation of young adults, down here the professions have about the same gender mix as the USA did back in the 60’s and 70’s.
 
#5- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. Just send an email to theexpatfiles@gmail.com or click on this link: http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-anuary-2017-latin-american-insider-seminar/
There are only 2 spots left so act now!!
 
#6. Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You can now listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone. The phone number is: 1-701-719-0893
 
#7- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a Plan B blueprint if you can’t get “boots on the ground” just yet and the next best way to get started without actually coming to Latin America yourself. At www.ExpatPlanB.com see the three video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.
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December 2, 2016  

#1- The Decameron “all inclusive” Latin beach resorts revisited: Part 1
Considered to be the least expensive “all inclusive” first-world style resort package in the world that no one’s ever heard about, today we’ll explore the options and show you the tricks on how to live like a king or queen all year round all on less than an average social security check. Each of the 50 plus Decameron destinations is like a small city-  an all inclusive mega-resort with an average of 500 available rooms.

#2 Castro bites the dust: So how are average Latin Americans taking the bad/good news?

#3- Trump’s victory: Latin Americans react

#4- Celebrity spotting in Latin America:
At first you think they all must have been coerced down for some do-gooder charity event or “save the children” PR stunts (like Pitt and Jolie). But surprisingly many come because they are actually clandestinely establishing their own “Plan B”. They know a good thing when they see it.

#5- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. Just send an email to theexpatfiles@gmail.com or click on this link: http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-anuary-2017-latin-american-insider-seminar/
There are only 2 spots left so act now!!

#6. Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You can now listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone. The phone number is: 1-701-719-0893

#7- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a Plan B blueprint if you can’t get “boots on the ground” just yet and the next best way to get started without actually coming to Latin America yourself. At www.ExpatPlanB.com see the three video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.

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November 13, 2016  
#1- DUI’s and gringos in Latin America. What you should know if you get stopped for drinking and driving
 
#2 Trump and the present state of Latin high anxiety over his win:
As many Latin ‘on the street; roving reporters busily interview the nervious, ghostly faces of illegals on main street USA, gringos living in Mexico express worry and concern that there may be a coming backlash. Some worry about property confiscations as a retaliatory measure should millions of Mexican illegals get deported and the promised wall go up. Meanwhile, south of Mexico.. there is absolutely no sign or talk of such animosity as life in paradise goes on as usual.    
 
#3-For curious listeners- today you’ll hear a few things about me you've never heard before.
 
#4- Tens of thousands of gringo permanent residents in Mexico qualify for a Mexican passport and naturalization but never go down to immigration and apply for citizenship. They just keep renewing their residency cards. They should go for the Passport all means but somehow just don’t. Why is that?   
 
#5- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. Just send an email totheexpatfiles@gmail.com or click on this link: http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-anuary-2017-latin-american-insider-seminar/
Attendance is very limited so act now.
 
#6. Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You now have a way to listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone. The  number for this service is: 1-701-719-0893
 
#7- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a Plan B blueprint for people who can’t get “boots on the ground” just yet. It’s the next best way to get started without coming to Latin America yourself. Go to www.ExpatPlanB.com for the three video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.
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November 11, 2016  

#1- What taxes do expat gringos generally have to pay to their new Latin country’s government thieves and scumbags?

#2 Latin countries “on the gringo tourist trail” try to adopt and often directly copy US tax systems and regs: another very good reason to avoid high tax Latin countries like Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Costa Rica Panama and just recently(and perhaps worst of all) Colombia.

#3- Today we have a stark Colombian “boots on the ground” story from a gringo resident of 8 years. Though happily married to a Colombian girl, he tells a story that will make you think twice about setting up your “Plan B” in that country.

#4- Words and phrases like “Sale”, “VIP”, “Black Friday” and other gringo-isms are in common use in Latin America. Latin gringo wananbees use them over and over, not having a clue as to what the words and phrases really mean.

#5- Thoughts on having car insurance in Latin America

#6- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. Just send an email to theexpatfiles@gmail.com or click on this link: http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-anuary-2017-latin-american-insider-seminar/
Attendance is very limited so act now.

#7. Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You now have a way to listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone. The  number for this service is: 1-701-719-0893

#8- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” designed for people wanting their own Plan “B” but can’t get “boots on the ground” just yet. It’s the next best way to get started on your Plan “B” and coming down yourself. Go to www.ExpatPlanB.com for the three video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.

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November 6, 2016  


#1- Latin street fairs and amusement parks. Are the rides safe for you and your family? Well maybe, but then that’s part of the fun and thrill isn’t it.

#2- Latin Zoos are very bad 1st world copies- they are really just stupid govt displays that ostensibly promote a 3rd world country’s progress and pride but almost always end in sadness and tragedy for the poor suffering animals.

#3- Latins and their abused, neurotic and tormented pets- 95% of Latins  don’t deserve to have pets and most would be in court for animal abuse if 1st world standards were applied.

#4- Latin roadways and road designs appear to have been designed by schizophrenic morons with photo-shopped civil engineer diplomas

#5-A very scary email from an expat German listener. You won’t hear this stuff anywhere else.

#6- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. Just send an email to theexpatfiles@gmail.com or click on this link: http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-anuary-2017-latin-american-insider-seminar/
Attendance will be very limited so act now.

#7. Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You now have a way to listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone. The  number for this service is: 1-701-719-0893

#8- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” designed for people wanting their own Plan “B” but can’t quite manage to get “boots on the ground”. It may be the best way to get started on your Plan “B” and the next best thing to coming down yourself. Go to www.ExpatPlanB.com for the three video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.

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November 4, 2016  

#1- Short term rentals and Air B&B’s in Latin America Part 2:

#2- Discussing the hundreds of Latin herbal and natural medicines and the product claims:

#3- Latin American Health Departments and a thing called ‘cuello”

#4- The Spanish language has about 1/3 less descriptive words than the English language but the Latins (much like Italians )make up for it with  hand gestures and body language. Today we have some examples...

#5-No prescriptions are necessary at most Latin American drug stores. With such easy drug availability, why aren’t the Latin masses addicted to what we call “schedule” prescription drugs? Well, they just aren’t and that flies in the face of conventional wisdom.

#6 -Venezuela- more crazy stories just now leaking out.

#7 More reasons why Argentina is not recommend as a permanent Plan B destination: Today’s “boots on the ground” story highlights that country’s currency controls in action and why we all should own physical gold and/or silver and take physical possession wherever we are.

#8- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. Send an email to theexpatfiles@gmail.com or click on this link: http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-anuary-2017-latin-american-insider-seminar/
Attendance will be very limited so act now.

#9. Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You now have a way to listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone rather than downloading or streaming from the PRN archives or other sources. The phone number for this free service is: 1-701-719-0893

#10- Check out Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” designed for people contemplating their own Plan “B” but can’t quite manage to get “boots on the ground”. It may be the best way to get started on your Plan “B” and the next best thing to coming down yourself. Go to www.ExpatPlanB.com for the three video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.

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October 30, 2016  
#1- A Nicaragua Update:
There are some damaging events going on in right now that will affect Nicaragua quite negatively starting in 2017. These developments don’t bode well for Expats living there or planning to move there  
 
#2- Gringos and Expats to avoid:
Closer to the tourist trail, you’ll soon meet gringos and Expats that will grate on you and rub you the wrong way. You will not want to be their friends when you realize they are part of a larger problem. So then, what makes so many gringos and gringas on or near the tourist trail so instantly unlikable and even repulsive? Listen today and find out..
 
#3- The basic truths about hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanoes in Latin America:
Today we discuss natural disasters Latin style, and what Expat gonnabes and wannabees need to know.
 
#4-Have a personal consult session with Johnny- Schedule a cell or Skype call: Set up a time to talk and I’ll help you sort out your own specific Latin American “Plan B”. Just send an email to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
 
#5- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. To get in on the Early-bird list email: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
Attendance will be very limited so do act now.
 
#6. Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You now have a way to listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone rather than downloading or streaming from the PRN archives or other sources. The phone number for this free service is: 1-701-719-0893
 
#7- Check out Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” designed for people contemplating their own Plan “B” but can’t quite afford to get “boots on the ground” or can’t attend an “Expat Insider” Seminar in Latin America. Its a great way to get started on your Plan “B” and the next best thing to coming down yourself. Go to www.ExpatPlanB.com for three  video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.
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