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

January 13, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #922 SUN, JAN 12 (01-12-2020):

#1- When Gringos commit crimes against other Gringos:
You’d be surprised how often it happens, especially when on the gringo tourist trail, and today we have all the dope  
 
#2- Do Latinos feel the same about their day jobs as gringos do?
Polls say 27% of gringos hate their jobs and 67% tune out and just go through the motions like zombies. Its called “sleepworking”. Is it similar with working Latinos too? You’ll be surprised…
 
#3- What you didn’t know about Latin American Factories and Sweatshops:
 
#4- Latinos working “on the books” don’t make much dough, but they do get TWO extra monthly salaries a year:
It’s one of the odd things you have to plan for if you have Latino employees, but that’s not all…there’s more..  
 
#5- Should you put your Latino or Latina employees “on the books” and register them with the government or is it better to just pay them in cash?  
 
 #6- Be sure to pick up my "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
It's been completely revised for 2020 (and beyond) including the latest "Stem Cell" info and data and my top picks for the best treatment centers for expats and gringos. Just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the "Latin Healthcare Report”.

#7- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

January 10, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #921 FRI, JAN 10 (01-10-2020):

#1- What you really need to know about Socialized Medicine and “free” National Healthcare plans in Latin Countries:
Yes, most all Latin countries have National Healthcare programs.  In many countries gringos and expats are eligible. The question is, are they acceptable and good enough for our discriminating tastes? The fact is, internet blogs and rags like International Living promote certain of those plans to gringos and expat wanabees saying they are just fine and virtually free (what a deal!). But the truth is they ain’t free and they can offer decent services one month and terrible service the next. Presently, they are sometimes used as marketing tools (and gringo bait). Today we have the real dope on the subject…
 
#2- Bernie and AOC are dead set on copying the Canada and the UK National Health plans because certain reports give them good marks for success:
Well, today we have a “boots on the ground” report from a British reporter (and mother) whose family uses the UK NHS system regularly. Today we get to see what first world socialized “National Healthcare” is really like..  and it generally sucks unless you are healthy and only need periodcheckups and labs.    
 
#3- When the SHTF worldwide, what will happen to the people of Latin America?
In whatever manner the SHTF... be it ecologic, economic, blackout, internet or banking systems down, the fact is that the vast majority Latinos and Latinas will survive as they always have. Every Latino and Latina has what we’d call an intrinsic “Plan B” but somehow they don’t know it.
 
#4- When it comes to your own “Plan B”, is taking Social Security at 62 a good idea, or is it best to hold off till 70 and get the maximum payout?
Today we explore those ideas and offer the best solution.
 
#5- There’s no FDA in Latin America;
Is that a bad or a good thing? Well, it can be a negative if you don’t do your homework, but having no FDA also means you can get umbilical Stem Cells and other cutting edge hi- tech treatments in Latin America. Here’s the story…
 

 #6- Be sure to pick up my "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":

It's been completely revised for 2020 (and beyond) including the latest "Stem Cell" info and data and my top picks for the best treatment centers for expats and gringos. Just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the "Latin Healthcare Report”.

#7- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

January 6, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #920 SUN, JAN 05 (01-05-2020):

#1- The good the bad and the ugly regarding the Latin Music scene:
Why it sucks and is getting worse (as if the US music scene is any better):
DYK there is a Mexican rock group “Mana” the Latino locals call the Latin Beatles? Although by US and British rock standards their talent and songs are of strictly Holiday Inn "lounge lizard" quality. However, since they were the first on the Latin rock scene with original (though terribly derivative) rock music,  they became immensely popular.
 
#2- DYK that there are TWO different kinds of “lag time” in Latin America?
There’s Central American “lag time” and South American “lag time” and there’s a big difference that needs explaining

#3- Of the 20 Latin countries, can you guess which 4 have the populations with the highest educational level and cultural acuity?

#4- A “startling boots on the ground“ report from Chile:

#5- US military bases in Latin America:
What you didn’t know about this revolting development will certainly surprise you

#6- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

 #7- Be sure to pick up my "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT". It's been completely revised for 2020 and beyond including the latest "Stem Cell" info and data and my top picks for the best treatment centers for expats and gringos. Just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the "Latin Healthcare Report " link.    
January 3, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #919 FRI, JAN 03 (01-03-2020):

#1- What the hell is the “Canasta Basica” or “Canasta Familiar”, why the papers and media mention it all the time and why to Latinos make such a big deal of it;

What’s it got to do with gringos and expats and why should we care?  

#2- Weekend Universities, useless degrees, and ten reasons why 4 out of 5 Latinos in college never graduate:

#3- How and why gringos and expats always negatively affect the cost of living: 

#4- A “boots on the ground” trip to the dentist and an 80 dollar root canal:

#5- Fences, walls, razor wire and property boundaries:
Everything you need to know about protecting and guarding your yard and perimeter without creating an eyesore

#6- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

December 29, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #918 Sun, DEC 29 (12-29-2019):                                                                                                                                                    

#1- Registration is now open for Johnny Mueller’s Jan 2020 “Expat Insider” seminar:
The week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 10th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020. Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B”. Just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
 
#2- The “Zona Rosas “ and “Zona Vivas” explained”:
They’re NOT red light districts but party and upscale hotel and restaurant districts. Practically every big Latin city has one…
 
#3- Reason #3245 why you DON’T want to ride the chicken bus:
A “boots on the ground” story

#4- The problem with trying to find Latina of your dreams on Latin American Cupid and/or Tinder:

#5- Crime, Security and Clueless Gringos:

#6- Well-polished turds and photo-shopped Air B&B’s:

#7- The truth about backpacker hotels and youth hostels:

#8- The confusing state of Uber in Latin America:

#9- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

December 27, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #917 FRI, DEC 27 (12-27-2019):

#1- Registration is now open for Johnny Mueller’s Jan 2020 “Expat Insider” seminar:
The week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 10th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020. Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B”. Just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
 
#2- Ever wonder why Latino houses don’t have basements?
It’s probably a good thing and here’s why…
 
#3- Building moisture, humidity, infiltrations are the rule not the exception in in Latin America:
You’d think after 500 years of building and construction Latino architects and contractors would have figured out how to manage moisture problems but they haven’t. Today we have real dope an irritating subject …
 
#4- The Latino architect and builder’s motto might well be “We don’t have time to do it right, but we have time to do it over”:
It doesn’t make sense but that’s life here in Latin America

#5-Teaching English online for 20+ bucks an hour- PART 2

#6- Ugly Americans, how to find them and avoid them:The snobbish 10% “know it all” complainers give gringos and expats a bad name with the locals. And they are often the impetus behind gringo gouging and gringo prices(can you blame them?).

#7- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

December 23, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #916 SUN, DEC 22 (12-22-2019):

#1- Registration is now open for Johnny Mueller’s Jan 2020 “Expat Insider” seminar:
The week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 10th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020. Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B”. Just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
 
#2- EMF- Dirty Electricity- a situation when ignorance is NOT bliss:
Today's discussion concerns everything you need to know about protecting yourself from something that almost no one ever thinks about but can permanently damage and shorten your life. We discuss the 3 different electric fields you need to measure, the best most simple and most economical EMF meter to buy, the EPA (environmental protection agency) maximum safe limits (are they really safe?) and a list of the worst and most surprising offenders around the home and office. You’ll also find out how to easily protect yourself without becoming a retrograde technology Luddite.

#3- What you really need to know about Smart Meters and how to block their daily dirty energy spurts:

#4- A very interesting walk through my own house with an EMF meter:
The ten surprising things I discovered..

#5- Stem Cells- Update number 7  

#6- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

 

December 20, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #915 FRI, DEC 20 (12-20-2019):

#1- Registration is now open for Johnny Mueller’s Jan 2020 “Expat Insider” seminar:
The week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 10th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020. Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B”. Just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
 
#2- Climate change and global warming in Latin America:
A boots on the ground investigation
 
#3- “Es en los manos de Dios” or “Dios permite” :
Those are the universal catchphrases when something, or some event, goes wrong or bad in some Latino or Latina’s life. They will invoke God as they hope for a positive outcome. However when something goes well or excellent in their lives it’s a different story, suddenly “Dios” has nothing to do with it….
 

#4- Baby names and stupid parents:

How a cute name can make a kid’s future life miserable
 
#5- it’s a fact that many, many US govt. employees opt for a “Plan B”
and secretly (or not so secretly) long to get the hell out of Dodge:
It seems counter-intuitive. However, they are on the inside and see how the sausage is made. So then, what do they know that we don’t know?
 
#6- Joe six-pack don’t care about having no “Plan B”:
As long as he still can afford beer, the minimum payment on his credit cards and his monthly Netflix bill, Joe don’t wanna hear bout no “Plan B”…

#8- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

December 16, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #914 SUN, DEC 15 (12-15-2019):

#1- Registration is now open for Johnny Mueller’s Jan 2020 “Expat Insider” seminar:
The week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 10th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020. Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B”. Just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

#2- Water and water purification in Latin America- PART 3

#3- Why such low sperm counts in US males and such high sperm counts in Latin Males?

#4- The truth about plastic food containers and water bottles:
They’re everywhere in Latin America and I mean everywhere, though with a little forethought there are ways to avoid their deleterious effects.   

#5- Stem Cell Update #4

#6-Doctors and Cockfights an unlikely combination, but not in Latin America:
Get ready for today’s first “boots on the ground” story
 
#7- When Gringos and expats ruin a good thing:
Unfortunately newbees mostly arrive quite clueless and thus unwittingly sow the seeds of cultural disruption
 
#8- The high cost of living in Panama:
And to think, it used to be such a great place for a “Plan B”
 
#9- Wealth and bad taste in Latin America:
Why do these two so often seem to go hand and hand?  

#10-Those terrible bare-naked florescent bulbs and horrible Latin Lighting schemes:

#11- The ubiquitous problem no one wants to address- ALUMINUM:

#12- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

December 13, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #913 FRI, DEC 13(12-13-2019):

#1- Registration is now open for Johnny Mueller’s Jan 2020 “Expat Insider” seminar:
The week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 10th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020. Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B”. Just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

#2- Medical Tourism, Dentistry and Cosmetic surgery in Latin America, 10 things you need to know:

#3- How can it be possible that Medical, Dental and Hospital treatments in Latin America are 1/4 to 1/6 the stateside cost?
What's the catch? I there something they’re not telling us?
 
#4- When gringo professionals go job hunting in Latin America:
Today we have the dope on gringos and expats with college degrees and professional careers looking to find a similar job in Latin America:
Ther are many questions that need answering like …how do you go about it, where do you look, where do you start and how much will you get paid?  
 
#5-An update on expat life in La Cafayete, Argentina (formerly Doug Casey’s prime development) and on expat life in the boonies of Nicaragua:
A boots on the ground report from an expat who spends half the year in Argentina (with its 100% year over year inflation), and the other half in Nicaragua (a country whose socialist dictator has the place virtually under Martial Law)    

#6- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

 

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