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

April 30, 2017  

#1- Things you should keep and eye out for in Latin American bathrooms and toilets.

#2-The Zika virus, mosquitoes and other man-eating bugs. The use and abuse of insect repellent

#3-A word on personal safety and security. A discussion of some items I have in my own small “Bug Out” Bag”- which is really not for bugging out as USA preppers define it. Yup, I’ve already bugged out so my little travel bag is more like a good, solid general “travel resource”.

#4-Know there will always be some petty theft in your nice little subdivision. So should you pat down your maid or cleaning lady at the door? Latin Lady bosses do it all the time. Today we have a few Expat Gringas chiming in with their own such stories and experiences.

#5- A question many Gringa Expats ask themselves – "Is the maid stealing my makeup?" Could be…

#6-Survellence cameras around the house and business.. are they worth it? Should you get them? Do they really work?

#7- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and

#8- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#9-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893

#10- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 130 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

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April 28, 2017  
#1- DISCUIDADO: That’s the Spanish word for messy, unkempt, disordered… or what some scientific types might call the 2nd law of thermodynamics on steroids (entropy squared). Its a state we first-world people do come to expect when we observe the general condition of most Latin houses, cars, garages, living rooms and basically any possession- given due time. Expat Eddie calls it the natural Latin state of accelerated deterioration. So be on alert.
 
#2-Owning dog,s cats and pets. There’s pet ownership Gringo style, and  pet ownership Latin style. There’s a big difference. Today we have some Latin pet ownership and management tips you’ll want to hear
 
#3-Your “Gringo Advantage “ in action. Today we have a “boots on the ground” story of how a Gringa sold her somewhat overpriced used car to the very first couple who came to see it. Learn how she spent $30 to make an extra $800  
 
#4-Insects, bugs, annoying critters and the use and abuse of repellent. Yes here in Latin America there are 3 times as many flying and crawling things but should you be worried?
 
#5- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and
 
#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course at www.ExpatPlanB.com 
 
#7-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893
 
#8- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.
 
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April 23, 2017  

#1- There are many Latin legal issues that differ from what we are used to in the states. They differ mostly because the US follows British common law and Latins follow Napoleonic law. At my July “Expat Insider” seminar a trusted Latin lawyer will cover these topics and much more. He will be with our group every day to answer any and all of your legal questions.

#2-The word is out that worldwide, people in other countries hate or are put off by Americans, right? Well that’s mostly true elsewhere but NOT in Latin America. Today we share some “boots on the ground” stories to prove the point

#3-Do you live in a big USA city? Ok then, when the SHTF, do you have a farmer/relative out in the boonies with reliable renewable food supply who will gladly take you and your family in for a while, maybe a very long while? I doubt it. Almost none of us has a farmer in the family. However, nearly every Latin American city dweller has a handful of such relatives still living off the land. The average Latin city person is just one generation away from the farming life himself.

#4-Latin Real Estate Bubble Update: If you are searching for great real estate deals on the net IN ENGLISH- from the comfort of your sofa, good luck. Its not at all like getting “boots on the ground”, knocking on doors and calling around the properties yourself.

#5- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#7-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893

#8- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 130 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

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April 21, 2017  

#1- PART 2 of Latina, Latino/Gringo, Gringa mating, dating and relationships. “Jealousy” reigns in the odd, wonderful and often perilous world of Latin/Gringo relationships and must always be taken into serious consideration.

#2-Crazy true love stories: Today we have a number of Gringo-Latin “boots on the ground” mating, dating and relationship stories with some are no-win scenarios that expat Gringos and Gringas often themselves caught up in. Can you escape the traps or should you ride it out and hope for the best?

#3-Love, Romance and Relationship bumps and blowups. When Gringos and Gringas are at a loss for words and have no idea what too expect next from their Latin partners.

#4-Are Latins bi-polar when it comes to love? Today we share some really crazy things Latin guys and gals have done while gripped by wild fits of jealousy and rage. These are things you may well witness yourself… hopefully from a distance.

#5- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#7-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893

#8- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 130 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

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April 16, 2017  

#1- When Gringos and and Latins hookup: Mating, Dating, Love and Romance in Latin America. Today its time to do dissect the odd, wonderful and often perilous world of Latin Gringo relationships.

#2-How to spot a Latin GOLDDIGGER: Today we talk about Latin dating sites and hookup chatrooms catering to Gringos and what to expect

#3-Abortions in Latin America and the secrets Latin women don’t talk about

#4-Gringas will definitely get bothered and pursued by Latin men. That’s a given. It doesn’t matter if you dress down, use no makeup and hurry along on your mission- shopping, the gym, whatever. Latin men love women, especially gringas, so get ready for a deluge of attention (subtle and not so subtle)like you’ve never experienced before.

#5- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#7-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893

#8- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 130 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

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April 14, 2017  

#1- Today we discuss another of the many media lists proposing the so called, most dangerous cities in the world. Once again most all of the cities are located in Latin America. Lets go through the list and check it out...

#2-Venezuela is the only country in Latin America where the general population is getting skinnier, more physically fit (and angrier) by the week. These days even the have-not Cubans are starting to fill out a bit. But meanwhile, Venezuelan govt slugs keep getting fatter and more abusive as we will see with today’s “boots on the ground” story direct from Caracas.

#3-Counterfeit dough in Latin America. Yep, it’s out there alright and you’re sure to get some. Should you be worried?

#4-Every average young Latina lady has a basic wish list and today we’ll discuss Latin ladies and their worldly desires. We all know the old saying “be careful what you wish for”. Well fortunately that warning doesn’t necessarily apply here since most Latinas only want what a normal person really deserves in life. Generally their wants are simple and they’re not greedy.

#5- The strange and wonderful world of descriptively crude Spanish slang

#6- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and

#7- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#8-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893

#9- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 130 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

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April 9, 2017  

#1- Today we discuss how expats get drug prescriptions from Latin doctors and what happens when visiting a Latin pharmacy

#2-Most all prescription medicines are available in Latin America. But due to low demand for some of the rarer medicines that first world people are on (and addicted to), there might be only the proprietary brands available from the original manufacturer at your local Latin pharmacy. In that case the medicine you seek will not be 3rd world cheap but first world expensive. So we discuss some of the proven ways expats get very low cost medicines, vitamins and supplements shipped to their Latin American locations using well-known first-world online pharmacies

#3-A report on how the Ecuador govt continues to pass ever more draconian monetary restrictions, obviously directed toward gringos and expats living there. As of 2016 you must pay a 5% tax on all monies, assets and expenditures made out of the country exceeding $1000 usd, and it gets worse...

#5- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#7-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893

#8- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 100 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

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April 7, 2017  

#1- Starting an internet based business in Latin America.

#2-Almost everything you want and need to know about the use of LP and propane gas in your Latin home or business. It seems strange to us that almost all but the poor in Latin America use LP or propane gas bottles for cooking. We only see that stuff used stateside with outdoor barbecues and RV camping. Here’s the scoop and what you’ll need to know when they bring the LP bottles to your door

#3-Gringos getting off the grid In Latin America. Wherever you happen to be, your goal should be to eventually get off the grid. There’s no easier place to do it than in Latin America. No rush.. you can do it slowly.. step by step

#4-A discussion about organic and specialty foods in Latin America

#5 –Johnny’s, Expat Files Show #635 (02-19-2017) gets the boot from YouTube. They say it violates their mainstream guidelines? Have a listen in the archives and see why you think they killed it..

#6- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and

#7- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#8-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893

#9- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 100 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

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April 2, 2017  
#1- 10 things you really should know about Latin gypsy’s, tramps, thieves, vagabonds, bums, beggars and street performers.
 
#2-A quick guide to hiring and firing maids, gardeners and other domestic help. Up in the states, most gringos and Expats can never afford a maid or gardener. That can present stressful boss/employee relations problems if not handled correctly right from the start. Problem #1: Many Gringos/Gringas feel quite guilty about paying so little (considered slave wages in the states). They often compensate by being very lenient and letting maids set the rules in the house,  often forgetting who’s the boss and who’s the employee.
 
#3-The strict Latin class system is partly based on skin color. In today’s “boots on the ground” story a typical indigenous maid tells us her views on various Latin skin colors (yes, they have the full spectrum of skin colors in Latin America).
 
#4- Everyone wants to know if there is a shortcut or best way to learn Spanish. Unfortunately, Spanish learning methods are like diet books. There’s a million of them and most just look nice sitting on the coffee table. The good news is that Expat Insider Seminar alumnus Jack Brett is writing a second addition to his 2012 book “Fast Spanish”. And when it comes out, he’s making it available free to Expat Files listeners.  
 
#5 –Johnny’s, Expat Files Show #635 (02-19-2017) gets the boot from YouTube. They say it violates their mainstream guidelines? Have a listen in the archives and see why you think they killed it..     
 
#6- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and
 
#7- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course at www.ExpatPlanB.com 
 
#8-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893
 
#9- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 100 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.
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