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

July 29, 2018  

#1- Health and Fitness Clubs in Latin America:

Today we have the lowdown on Latin gyms, memberships, personal trainers boxing, and tennis. You name it in sports, they have it here in Latin America..  

 #2- Some tips you will appreciate concerning golfing, golf courses and clubs and memberships in Latin America

 #3- The cost of living “large” in Latin America;

Some gringos and expats live very large in Latin America. Why not? If one can afford it. The thing is whether livin' large or not.. is to try to maintain a low profile. 

In today’s "boots on the ground story" a long time expat gringo reveals how much it costs he and his family to live a very upper-middle class lifestyle- well off the gringo tourist trail. We are talking here about a guy who has has multiple maids, gardeners, a city mansion, a beach house, sends his 14 year old kid to a helicopter school and all other living expenses.  

#4- 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 

 #5- 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.

 #6- 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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July 27, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #776 FRI, JULY 27- (07-27-2018):

#1- Expats will find housing construction errors and defects in even the most upscale and ritzy million dollar Latin homes. Yes many look spectacular from the street and with gardens to die for but…

#2- TEN tips that will make life easier whether you decide to build, buy or rent in Latin America.

#3- The TWO things you should NEVER do or delegate to your builder or architect when constructing your own home

#4- Why a certain percentage of new gringo expats eventually throw in the towel and go back home

#5- Regarding tipping, over tipping and crazy gringo stereotypes- those “gringos locos”

#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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July 23, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #775 SUN, JULY 22- (07-22-2018):

#1- No one is the guru or expert on all that goes on in Latin America. I re-learn that lesson practically every week. Funny thing is that when you start believing you’ve got a great handle on things and maybe even become a “know it all” something happens that makes you feel like a novice or worse yet, a dolt. It’s the subject of today's “boots on the ground story”  

#2- Astute Canadians are really getting pissed off at their dystopian government often seeing that their only alternative is to pack up and develop a Plan B.

Meanwhile the Canadian government is loosening immigration policies and more or less welcoming Latinos in like never before, including the uneducated and unskilled. And down here in Latin America the word is rapidly getting out. 

#3- Today you’ll see just how the Canadian tax system controls and reigns in its citizens even more than US big Brother does.

#4- The Feds are getting serious about blocking and refusing passports to people who (they claim) owe more than $50k in back taxes. Yes, if you live in the states things are going from bad to worse… but you know that already.

#5- The big difference between Starbucks in the states and Starbucks in Latin America

#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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July 20, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #774 FRI, JULY 20- (07-20-2018):

#1- Notes from my July 2108 Latin American Insider seminar:

It just wrapped up a few days ago….

#2- Your best revenge against Montezuma’s revenge:

Having explosive diarrhea in a foreign country is uncomfortable, embarrassing and a pain in the ass for both you and the janitor. Some gringos think it just happens, a fact of life. However, there are definite ways to avoid it, but most gringos, tourists and especially backpackers don't take precautions and nearly always bring it on themselves.  

#3- Lemons, limes and limas:

Many Latinos are addicted to lemons and have them a few times a day. They are ubiquitous in most Latin homes. That’s a good and healthy thing right? Well, in some ways yes but not according to most Latin dentists. BTW, some Latinos even squeeze lemons over their junk food.

#4- How gringos and Expats get regular with platanos (plantains)  

#5- A few choice words about the influence of Monsanto and other chemical brands on the produce and animal feed in Latin America.

#6-Eggs and driveway chickens:  A few things you really need to know

#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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July 8, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #773 SUN, JULY 08- (07-08-2018):

#1- When Latin Cops extort and demand bribes:

Latin cops know that women drivers are not easily extorted, but men are!

Today’s “boots on the ground” story

 #2- There is one particular country in Latin America that has the highest traffic fines in the world so look out!! 

Can you guess the country? Even though the vast majority of Latin countries have traffic fines that are laughable compared to first world countries, there is this one huge exception to the rule.   

 #3- How Johnny Mueller beat a radar gun traffic violation in court.

A very personal and original “boots on the ground” story from the good ole days 

#4- Everyone seems to want to know if Gringos and Expats can qualify for home and business loans from Latin American banks.

Today we go over a genuine loan and mortgage application (translated from Spanish) so you can see just what the requisites are, and if you can qualify.

#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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July 6, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #772 FRI, JULY 06- (07-06-2018):

#1- Need to make money in Latin America?

In today’s discussion we talk about how to find a business niche or create one, and then how to fill it.

 #2- More on the Gold and Silver purchase and shipment situation in Latin America;

DYK that there are many active gold and silver mines that are producing in Latin America? So where do you think the ore gets refined and made into coins and ingots? How about in Latin America?  

 #3- www.OLX.com- You must check it out:

It’s so much more than a local Latin American Craig’s List. At www.OLX.com you can post photos of what you want to buy or sell and then chat back and forth with prospective buyers and sellers. It’s an easy way to weed out the tire kickers etc, and you’ll learn some basic Spanish and increase your vocabulary at the same time. Best of all its free!!

#4- Everything you ever wanted to know about how and why some gringos and expats can just never learn Spanish, no matter how they try or how many years they have lived in a Latin country.

#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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July 1, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #771 SUN, JULY 01- (07-01-2018):

#1- Big Brother is making it harder and harder for you to get your ass an assets out of dodge:

Today we have an amazing “boots on the ground” story of just how bad it can get and what kind of wringer the bureaucrats can put you through if they have a mind to(we’re assuming they have minds). Worse yet, this example comes from those so-called ‘terminally nice folks” up there in Canada.       

#2- Our newly insured Gringa takes her first trip to a medical specialist and visits a 1st world hospital/clinic for tests and more- Part 2: It’s our latest and greatest, extremely informative and eye opening “boots on the ground” story involving Latin America Healthcare systems .

#3-When gringos and expats get robbed:

This time we have two separate, “boots on the ground” robbery stories dealing with gringos and expats who should have known better. But as you will see, most all of us arrive in Latin America starry-eyed and clueless. We arrive as vulnerable and easy marks, especially when we land in highly gringoized areas. Though funny enough, sometimes being robbed is one of the best lessons a newbee expat can learn… as long as the crooks don’t get too much.       

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