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

April 28, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #754-FRI, APR 27- (04-27-2018):

#1- Gringos and Expats express their greatest regrets in life:

#2- Is it true that Expats and Gringos living NEAR but not ON the tourist trail have more fun?

#3- The DIY (cheap) method of obtaining Residency in a Latin country versus hiring a Latin immigration attorney to assist you in the process

#4- What about daylight saving time in Latin America? Latin countries never signed on to it and here’s why…

#5- When and why tropical birds will commit suicide on your property: Yes unfortunately it does happen and it’s sad. I lose about one or two birds a month that way myself. No I’m not talking about driveway chickens but the Nat Geo quality kind.

#6- How and way narcos are fast switching from drugs to the Mexican oil theft business

#7-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7 th thru Thursday, July 12 th 2018. Get the details and the scoop on the early-bird discounts by going to www.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.

#8- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy

#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.

#10 For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com

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April 27, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #754-FRI, APR 27- (04-27-2018):

#1- Gringos and Expats express their greatest regrets in life:

#2- Is it true that Expats and Gringos living NEAR but not ON the tourist trail have more fun?

#3- The DIY (cheap) method of obtaining Residency in a Latin country versus hiring a Latin immigration attorney to assist you in the process

#4- What about daylight saving time in Latin America? Latin countries never signed on to it and here’s why…

#5- When and why tropical birds will commit suicide on your property: Yes unfortunately it does happen and it’s sad. I lose about one or two birds a month that way myself. No I’m not talking about driveway chickens but the Nat Geo quality kind.

#6- How and way narcos are fast switching from drugs to the Mexican oil theft business

#7-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7 th thru Thursday, July 12 th 2018. Get the details and the scoop on the early-bird discounts by going to www.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.

#8- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy

#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.

#10 For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com

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April 22, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #753-SUN, APR 22- (04-22-2018):

#1- Words of wisdom from gringos who left the US a long while back and are now expert expats.

#2- The seedy side of gringos and expats: If you want to see the dark side of gringo life and meet gringos and expats who’ve gone native check out the nearest gringo/expat bar (before noontime if possible). I’ve often wondered how many millions in Social Security and Disability Checks have gone to pay for booze, bar snack and greasy tacos with mystery meat here in Latin America. Welcome to today’s ”boots on the ground” story…

#2- There are basically TWO kinds of backpackers- Gringos and Europeans. There are some very big differences too…

#3- When Gringos go wild, native and illegal- Part 2

#4- Cuba for expats –Part 2

#5- Ever wonder how Johnny packed and prepared for his initial move to Latin America? Find out in today’s show.

#6-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7 th thru Thursday, July 12 th 2018. Get the details and the scoop on the early-bird discounts by going to www.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.

#7- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy

#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.

#9 For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com

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April 20, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #752-FRI, APR 20- (04-20-2018):

#1- 101 reasons why I don’t use Flakebook, Titter Linkedin or any of the other antisocial media platforms, nor do I have a Smartphone: Listen to this rant if you dare. It’s guaranteed to ruin your day and give your stomach that sad, sinking feeling.

#2- A few more words about the ever increasing Latin addiction to anti- social media.

#3- Credit Card fraud is on the increase in Latin America too! Latinos with debit and credit cards are constantly getting scammed. Don’t let it happen to you. Today we have some boots on the ground stories on the subject and some tips.

#4- Just lately, some new English words have been slowly creeping into the Latin vernacular and becoming commonly used. You’ll be surprised which ones. When you hear them you’ll wonder how those particular gems managed to creep into common usage.

#5- Gringos and expats seem to universally hate Reggeton and Latin rock
music: Unfortunately it’s constantly droning and bleating from every house, bar, mall and supermarket… practically everywhere, so we can’t avoid it. Even when making allowances for the fact Latin America is the 3 rd world, there’s really is no excuse for the hugely popular success of such mind- numbing rhythms. Worse yet, they happen to be combined with, misogynist, sexist, crude and grossly pathetic lyrics (sound familiar?) The only possible conclusion is that Latinos set the entertainment bar so low it’s even a step below rap and hip hop- if that’s even possible.

#6-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7 th thru Thursday, July 12 th 2018. Get the details and check out the early-bird discounts by going to www.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.

#7- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy

#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.

#9 For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com

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April 15, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #751- SUN, APR 15- (04-15-2018):
#1- The brutal truth about persistent bad smells in so many Latin
restaurant restrooms and Latin bathrooms:
Some smells will knock you over though most Latinos don’t seem to mind
or even notice them. That’s just another something gringos and expats
never seem to get used to- why should we? Problem is, if you have a
Latina or Latino significant other you will most surely get invited to the
humble family residence for dinner, like it or not. What if you just cannot
stomach the bathroom, or the man-sized cucarachas in the kitchen?
Knowing what lurks in the shadows, chances are you won’t be all that
comfortable at the dinner table. That’s a common scenario for gringos, so
what do you do?
#2- Expat Eddie plows into a motorcycle and breaks the guy’s ankle. So
now what? It’s the subject today’s “boots on the ground” story.
The fact is that cheap, small, noisy motorcycles have been multiplying like
cucarachas throughout all of Latin America- thanks to new cheap credit
schemes and no money down deals. Problem is that 50% of drivers don’t
have licenses, and 100% of them constantly violate the rules of the road.
#3- How to become an easy target for a snatch and grab motorcycle
robbery/assault
#4- What to do if you’re in a car accident:
Here’s how to handle the cops (and the other guy) immediately after the
accident and well before your insurance guy arrives on the scene.
#5-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will
take place from Saturday, July 7 th thru Thursday, July 12 th 2018. Get the
details and check out the early-bird discounts by going to
www.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.
#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan
B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the
ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course
now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy
#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.
#8 For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises
the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at:
www.TheNewExpat.com

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April 13, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #750- FRI, APR 13- (04-13-2018):
#1- Getting residency and a 2nd Passport in Latin America;
That second passport is your “get out of Dodge” free card when things get rough and Uncle Sam puts the hammer down and starts to limit freedom of movement. That’s what always happens when national calamities both natural and man-made strike hard. So today we have quite a few tips and suggestions on how to advance you and your family’s “Plan B”. You must insure your freedom of movement and be able to cover your ass when the SHTF.

#2- Gringos and expats are a highly sought after commodity in Latin countries but here’s the conundrum:
Sure, every Latino knows gringos are more educated, have more money, higher standards, more initiative and create many more jobs and businesses than the locals. The conundrum is, if we are so well thought of and appreciated why is it that Latin governments keep changing the residency application rules, often without notice, making the process harder for gringos thus deterring them, a most valuable commodity?

#3-DYK: unless a gringo has attained permanent residency, he’s not permitted to work legally in his/her new Latin country:
But that doesn’t seem to stop anyone with a good business idea. So today we discuss how to you can work and/or start a business and still remain within the letter of the law… even though you’re prohibited by that same law to do so. Confused yet? Well this is Latin America ya know.

#4- BITCOIN DAN SPEAKS:
I spent 3 hours one on one with him the other day. He doled out some pearls and golden nuggets regarding cryptocurrencies, ICO’s the block chain, etc. You’ll want to hear his predictions!!

#5-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 2018. Get the details and check out the early-bird discounts by going to www.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.
#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy
#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.
#9 For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com

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April 8, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #749- SUN, APR 08- (04-08-2018):

#1- PERU: what’s wrong with it, what’s right with it? How do gringos and Expats make out living, and retiring there?

#2- The Odebrecht payoffs:

What the ass media (I mean mass media) is not telling you about the biggest corruption scandal in the history of Latin America.

#3-Big city living for gringos and Expats in Latin America:

Things to consider if you “Plan B” involves living in the big city.

#4-When Gringos and Gringas marry into wealthy Latin families.

It occurs more than you might think. Today we have two surprising boots on the ground stories on that tumultuous subject. 

#5- In every Latin country (even Cuba and Venezuela) there are a handful of very powerful families that have been pulling the political and economic strings of the country for generations. Today we discuss some things you never knew (but should) about a certain handful of Latin “oligarchs”. You just might meet a few of them personally- especially if you’re living well off the tourist trail.   

 #6-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 2018. Get the details and check out the early-bird discounts by going towww.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.   

#7- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy 

#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.

#9 For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   

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April 6, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #748- FRI, APR 06- (04-06-2018):

“#1- Crypto currency and mining in Latin America, an April 2018 update:

A bitcoin multi-millionaire writes in, answering and commenting on all the hot and heavy questions gringos and expats have been asking and wondering about. He clears the air on many points you certainly have not heard mentioned before, anywhere.  

#2- You’ve heard that Latinos are exceedingly happy? Well maybe:

Even the poorest of the poor with very hard lives, the ones who wash laundry in rivers and cook with wood seem much happier than the average gringo back home. But there are some unhappy and miserable Latinos too... 

#3-Prepare to get “blessed” by Latinos on the street (and by your maid and gardener too).

Yes, frequently and always with a smile- often a half dozen times a day too. Today’s “boots on the ground” story… 

#4-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 2018. Get the details and check out the early-bird discounts by going towww.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.   

#5- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy 

#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- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   

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April 1, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #747- SUN, APR 01- (04-01-2018):

#1- How gringos and expats who insist on staying off the radar buy their phones, SIM cards and internet service, while still somehow remaining (mostly) anonymous:

In the last year or so most all Latin countries have passed laws forcing local cellphone and internet providers to require passport, home address and ID info. They’ve done this ostensibly because there are many extortion attempts by bad guys who somehow get their personal stats and dats. BTW: Latinos have no concept of privacy. They’ll give up their personal dats for any pop up window that promises a free pizza(sound familiar?). Authorities believe they can deter or catch bad guys by having a database of owners and thus trace reported extortion attempts. Duh? If you were an extortionist, wouldn’t you use a stolen phone? Double duh! So today we discuss some of the amazingly easy “hacks” certain astute expats use to get around those stupid requirements. Of course the easiest way to get your lawyer to apply for the service and pass it off to you, then it’s all in HIS name and address. But in lieu of that…. 

#2- It’s almost never necessary to carry your original passport around with you except when… 

#3-Funny and sometime scary things happen when gringos and expats decide to build their own Latin American dream house: Today’s “boots on the ground” story 

#4- A discussion with a young Latin psychologist reveals some amazing generalities about Latin culture that don’t exist up north in the gringo world: 

#5-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 2018. Get the details and check out the early-bird discounts by going towww.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.   

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy 

#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.

#8- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   

 
 
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