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

September 28, 2018  

 #1-What happens when Gringos and Expats try do to everything themselves with no outside help?

What can go wrong? Practically everything and/or practically nothing! Yes some come down and try to do it all themselves. Mostly because they don’t want to pay a lawyer (even though they are ridiculously cheap). DYI attempts are a common theme for backpackers, cheapskates and adventurous chance-takers. People with a lot more time than money will attempt to get bank accts, driver’s licenses, internet and utility hookups, even temporary and permanent residency. Yes it can be done, but with much perseverance, wasted time, endless line-standing, hand wringing, wheel spinning and false starts. That's why it’s the topic of today’s “boots on the ground” story.

 

 #2- More and more US military vets are choosing to live permanently in Latin America. 

I wonder why? Most of them have served around the world and have seen and heard many things we haven't. Obviously they know something the rest of the US citizen lemmings don’t or they would had stayed in Cleveland.

#3-Gringo / Expat Lonely Hearts Club Pilgrimages - PART 2

Gringos, mostly first-world losers in the love and romance department, have discovered the plethora of Latin American cupid and dating sites. It usually goes down like this.. the gringo guy first hooks up online then make one or more visits down to connect with the online “sweetheart or sweethearts" … only to find most online girls are not exactly the same free-spirited sweethearts they had been chatting with. They soon find out that most all of these Latinas come with a whole lotta baggage. But gringos have their share of first world excessive baggage too. Yes, love is a battlefield and many gringos get their purple hearts here on foreign Latin soil. But all is not lost.... 

#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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September 28, 2018  

 #1-The Gringo / Expat Lonely Hearts Club Band- PART 1

Gringos, mostly first-world losers in the love and romance department, have discovered the plethora of Latin American cupid and dating sites.

And it usually goes like this.. the gringo guy first hooks up online then make one or more visits down to connect with the online “sweetheart” … only to find most online girls are not exactly the same free-spirited sweethearts they had been chatting with. They soon find out that most these Latinas come with a whole lotta baggage. Yes it’s a minefield out there and many gringos get taken for a ride…

#2- Latin drunk driving laws are extremely lax and go virtually unpunished compared to the reaming you get from the authorities in the states:

That’s one reason why such a high percentage of Latin men (it’s always the men), when in the states illegally, get picked up for one or more DUIs or worse. There are many many such reports of accidents injuries and deaths perpetrated by intoxicated illegals (with or without fake licenses), but the mainstream media doesn’t like to cover that kind of stuff. Why? because it’s bad PR for the open border lamebrains.

#3-Prejudice and racism within Latin populations:

There are many Latin countries like Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba and Dominican Republic where color based racism is not much of an issue. However there are Latin countries where class/color prejudice and racism far outpaces anything you may have witnessed in the USA.

#4- Millions of Venezuelan migrants have overstayed their welcome and are taking their toll on the neighboring countries: When a few tricked in all was fine but suddenly they are not much welcomed anymore. Citizens of other Latin countries are getting pretty pissed off at them for various reasons and voicing it openly too (sound familiar). Well, well..talk about Karma..  

#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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September 24, 2018  

#1-Discussing the completely over the top ways that both Latin governments and businesses use sex and hot women in marketing, promotion, advertising and in political campaigns. 

#2- Ten things you never knew about the female modelling and so–called “Edecan” employment agencies in Latin America  

#3-How “lag time” has put the breaks on the feminism and Social justice warrior movements in Latin America.'Yes, the activist are in and around Latin America and yes, they are taking their cues from what’s happening up in the states but…..   

#4- Though all 20 Latin countries have Spanish as their main language, people in different Latin countries speak it with slightly different accents:When you start hearing and distinguishing those accents you’ll know your Spanish is getting pretty good. As for me, there are two Latin countries that I think have the coolest and most rhythmic accents of all. They are….

#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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September 21, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #792 SUN, SEPT 21- (09-21-2018): 

#1-Big Brother Influence and penetration in Latin America:

How pervasive is it? What Latin countries are serious about implementing it US style. What about the presence of that good old “lag time” effect? 

#2- We know all about the cancer called socialism and its malignant effects in Latin America via Venezuela and Cuba. Even so, people never learn and are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past: Sound familiar? That said, what Latin countries are next in line to follow down that sad and depressing trail? Some are on the road to ruin already.

#3-Seems everyone in Latin America wants to get a job in their own government bureaucracy, and for good reason: Most Latin governments pay twice the rate of similar positions in the private sector and believe it or not there is one particular Latin country that routinely pays up to THREE times the private sector going rate. Can you guess that Latin country? Nope, it’s not Costa Rica. 

#4- Ten reasons why I personally would visit, but never want to live in, Uruguay, Argentina or Colombia:

Although they really were pretty good expat “Plan B” choices some five or ten years ago, turns out rags and blogs like AARP, Living Overseas and International Living and others have helped kill the goose that laid the golden egg. 

#5-Ten good reasons why retiring into the sunset by sucking down Mai-tais on your beachfront property ain’t what it’s cracked up to be.

 #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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September 16, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #791 SUN, SEPT 16- (09-16-2018): 

#1- Handicapped and mobility challenged gringos and expats in Latin America- PART 2:

Today we discuss various healthcare and insurance options for gringos and expats whether handicapped or not     

#2- For elderly and impaired gringos and expats living in Latin America there is always that amazing full-time live-in nurse option  

#3- People wonder why Guatemala can be such a good “Plan B” option.

An expat tells his “boots on the ground” tales after living in Guatemala for a year and then returning home to the states. Now he’s lamenting that he ever left Guatemala.    

#4- Certain TV and YouTube programs- no not lessons or classes- can really help you with your conversational Spanish skills.. but which ones are a waste of time and which ones should you watch?

 #5-A Latin real estate bubble update:

#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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September 14, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #790 FRI, SEPT 14- (09-14-2018): 

#1-Gringos doing business in Latin America:Yes gringos and expats with businesses always have the usual startup problems and some very UN-usual ones to! 

#2- Handicapped and mobility challenged gringos and expats in Latin America- PART 1:

Today we have a quite extensive “boots on the ground” segment presented to us by a blind American who has lived and traveled in many places in Latin America. 

#3- When Gringos and Expats get bad advice;

Gringo retirement rags, blogs, books and outfits like International Living are big on giving green gringos "expert" advice and they are excellent at furthering their own agendas- as well as pushing their own land a real estate projects. The problem is that they almost always give the so-called hot scoop on Latin destinations way too late… long after the party’s over and ship has sailed. So then what’s an expat gonnabee or wannabee to do?     

#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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September 9, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #789 SUN, SEPT 09- (09-09-2018):

 #1-The how and when and the serendipity behind Expats finding their own unique Latin American business niches: It's the subject of today’s first “boots on the ground” story  

 #2- Food trucks and their lag-time in Latin America: Just five years ago there virtually no food trucks in Latin America- save for Mexico and Costa Rica. Now they are everywhere. A retired "Jarhead" living in Latin America tells why. How’d that happen and how did they get to Latin America all the way from Cleveland? 

#3-What you didn’t know about the presence of ex-USA military guys in Latin America: A retired "Jarhead" living in Latin America tells why. 

#4-When “awesome” is no longer “awesome”:A second look at my least favorite “A” word.  

#5- Important late-breaking Chicken bus news you will never hear spoken about in the first-world media  

#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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September 7, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #788 FRI, SEPT 07- (09-07-2018): 

#1-When Gringos rip-off Gringos- PART 2:

It’s a well-established pattern. Long-term Gringos with larceny in their hearts continuously hatch schemes to rip-off short term/newly arrived Gringos. Why does it keep happening? And why, when they get caught, do they not up in court, or jail… but instead pop-up elsewhere with a new twist on an old racket? 

#2- So you’ve finally arrived in Latin American and plan to stay, and you have money to invest:Who do you trust for advice? … your new gringo buddy(s) who seem to really know the ropes, or your new English speaking Latin buddy(s) who grew up in your newly adopted homeland and definitely know the lay of the land?     

#3-Can criminal stains be removed from your police or FBI report? 

A criminal background check is a requisite when applying for residency in any Latin country. But sometimes when requesting a police or FBI report – there is an old college era misdemeanor or two or even a DUI? How does that play with the Latin bureaucrats? Will it automatically disqualify you? Are you forever SOL in your quest for Latin residency? 

#4- The truth about Chicken buses: What the media will not show or tell you. 

#5- Montezuma’s revenge (aka: backpacker’s revenge) revisited:

Some sage advice you need to hear, but probably won’t heed till its too late. 

#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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September 2, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #787 SUN, AUG 02- (09-02-2018): 

#1-Lost in translation: the English language versus Spanish language  

Cultural bias, nationalism and sensitive egos prevail in so-called in Latin American “educated” circles if one (especially a gringo) happens to bring up the fact that English is more flexible for writers than is Spanish.Bringing up the fact that there is only one Spanish language book (Don Quixote)listed in definitive lists of “the 100 most influential fiction works of all time” just seems to irritate and piss off most Latins (meaning the tiny percentage who actually read)                                                                                             

#2- The truth about upscale Latins who live in their exclusive cultural “bubbles” 

#3-What you don’t know about chickens could fill a hen-house 

#4- Will the influx of gringos and insurance kill cheap and good Healthcare in Latin America? 

#5- Some surprising comments from Latin Healthcare professionals concerning the state of Healthcare in Latin America vs the USA.The subject of more than one “boots on the ground” story 

#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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