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

November 30, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #811- FRI, NOV 30 (11-30-2018): 

#1- What’s your “Plan B” climate and living comfort zone?

Today we talk about beachfront living versus “altiplano” living and how to balance the two

 #2- Announcing Johnny Mueller’s January 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”: 

It will take place from Saturday, January 5th through Friday January 11th. For info and early-bird signup details visit www.TheNewExpat.com and click on the Seminar link

 #3- Things you never knew about Latin American Healthcare plans (updated Nov 2018) :

Insurance matters are always in a state of flux. Today we offer some tips for gringos and expats looking to buy into a first-world style Latin healthcare insurance policies. Yes, there are some very very good and amazingly inexpensive policies out there but it’s a minefield and you really have to know what you are doing and how to suss them out, since virtually all the administrators speak Spanish and naturally the paperwork is presented in Spanish. Because “private” health insurance is a relatively new concept in Latin America, gringos and expats soon find out it’s not much like shopping for health insurance in the states. Oh, and there’s an odd assumption (and it’s not money)all Latin insurance brokers have about gringos that must be dispelled right away…          

#4- The scary way the Chinese are secretly buying up and optioning-off certain Latin country resources and bribing Latin governments with loans they can never pay back( they have their favorites and leave others alone):

How to avoid ending up in a Latin country that is under the Chinese thumb or that will end up as a future Chinese satellite…   

#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   

 

November 25, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #810- SUN, NOV 25 (11-25-2018): 

#1- Tips for choosing the proper private Schools for your Gringo-Expat kids 

#2- Announcing Johnny Mueller’s January 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”: It will take place from Saturday, January 5th through Friday January 11th. For info and early-bird signup details visit www.TheNewExpat.comand click on the Seminar link 

#3- Home schooling your kids in Latin America:

Is home schooling even possible? 

#4- The truth about Latin Private Schools and the transplanted gringo teachers who work there: 

#5- Gringo Teacher Burnout:

Why are there so many Ex-US Public school teachers traveling and working in Latin America? The mystery is… why have so many older and younger US teachers thrown in the towel on their teaching careers up north? We all hear complaints from US teachers about the low pay. It’s not that simple. Why do so many start teaching again in Latin American private schools- and for less than ¼ of their first-world salary? 

#6- Helicopter Schools:

Most medium and large cities have a dozen or more, expensive, private, so-called “helicopter” schools. The truth is that are many subtle and not so subtle differences between each of them, and it's not just in the cost of tuition (and the costs do vary quite a bit). 

#7- Tips on how to save a ton of money building a home and finding an architect 

#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  

November 23, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #809- FRI, NOV 23 (11-23-2018): 

#1- When Preppers are happily deluded into thinking they actually have a realistic “Plan B”:

In reality none have really thought it through, and if they have they would see that they are only half way there and if they remain in the states when TSHTF they hardly have even a “Plan- A minus” 

#2- Announcing Johnny Mueller’s January 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”: It will take place from Saturday, January 5th through Friday January 11th. For info and early-bird signup details visit www.TheNewExpat.comand click on the Seminar link

 #3- DYK that since 1995, those malignant US Federal Government slugs (working for you- ha!) have enacted no less than 88,997 new laws, regulations and statutes in order to keep you in line.

Yes, sheep…its proof that you/we are truly are committing 3 felonies a day and probably a lot more! 

#4- The truth about Expat Bloggers:

As always, there are good, bad, ugly and great Expat Bloggers, but truthfully many are just one-note trumpets that mostly suck 

#5- What you absolutely need to know about owning an Expat beach house versus owning an Expat city house or apartment 

#6- When Expat Gringos STINK! And other sordid stories of grungy gringos gone native

#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  

November 18, 2018  

#1- Cuban cigars, world-class coffee and other legal Gringo vices: 

#2- Announcing Johnny Mueller’s January 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”: It will take place from Saturday, January 5th through Friday January 11th. For info and early-bird signup details visit www.TheNewExpat.comand click on the Seminar link 

#3- Johnny’s quick and dirty coffee primer in one easy lesson:Even in the seemingly innocuous coffee business we have the good the bad the ugly and the great 

#4- How gringos smuggle Cuban cigars into the states   

#5- Luggage locks zippers and plastic wrap; Or… how to keep your stowed luggage from being violated by bad boy baggage handlers slugs 

#6- A sneak peek at Johnny’s own personal travel kit: Ever wonder how and what I pack in my own travels? 

#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   

November 16, 2018  

#1- Today we have a Latina and a Gringa lady getting in the final words on mating/dating and mixed culture romantic relationships   

#2- Announcing Johnny Mueller’s January 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”: It will take place from Saturday, January 5th through Friday January 11th. For info and early-bird signup details visit www.TheNewExpat.comand click on the Seminar link 

#3- Today we have a case where a listener so seriously hates his soul-deadening first-world job (stuck all day in a cubicle)that it became the final straw that pushed him to get his “Plan B” underway. He’s by no means the Lone Ranger! What about you?

 #4- More and more newly arrived expats and gringos are calling themselves Libertarians or believe strongly in libertarian principles. They are definitely NOT affiliated with or have anything in common with republicans or democrats. Even so, they are greatly outnumbered by gringo and expat “do gooder” democrat types with definite socialist leanings, with a huge number of them collecting US public school teacher’s pensions. Hmm, what does that tell you? And as for republicans, they are well outnumbered down here by the more vocal democrats     

#5- There is no daylight saving time in Latin America. Why? Because there is no daylight to save! In the vast majority of Latin countries-where gringos set up their “Plan B's”- the sun rises and sets pretty much at the same time every day, more or less at 6 am and 6 pm year round. 

#6- Hiking and camping in the boonies of Latin America. It sounds like fun, but isn't it dangerous? Yes, there are always rumors going around to that effect, but are they true? 

#7- What might be the proper (or suggested) guns and ammo to have in Latin America? That's always a question from gringos and expats who were used to having guns up in the states for self-defense or sport.

#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   

November 11, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #806- SUN, NOV 11 (11-11-2018): 

#1- TEN Things we take for granted up in Cleveland that unfortunately just aren’t on the radar here in Latin America 

#2- Announcing Johnny Mueller’s January 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”: It will take place from Saturday, January 5th through Friday January 11th. For info and early-bird signup details visitwww.TheNewExpat.com and click on the Seminar link 

#3- Little known details (or lack thereof) you should consider when looking to rent or buy a property in Latin America

 #4- There’s something odd about your Latin kitchen and the selection of kitchen and laundry appliances:

You have your choice of cooking with either a gas or electric or gas stove:There are the pros and cons regarding each… and many other things to consider. In addition, there are some small but important details and things that will have never crossed your mind. 

#5- There is sort of an indigenous “bulletproof” glass ceiling: Here’s what that’s all about… and what you need to be aware of. 

There is a good chance your household help will be coming from the local indigenous pueblo. There are many many things about that culture you should be clued into, considering that you’ll probably be hiring a maid, maintenance man and/or gardener. It’s the subject of today’s “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   

November 9, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #805- FRI, NOV 09 (11-09-2018): 

#1- Police radar traps set for gringos and other tourist-trail tricks lard-ass Latin cops have come to rely on for bribes 

#2- Announcing Johnny Mueller’s January 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”: It will take place from Saturday, January 5th through Friday January 11th. For info and early-bird signup details visitwww.TheNewExpat.com and click on the Seminar link 

#3- “Clueless” Gringos versus merely “Stupid” Gringos:

There is a difference you know.. 

#4- “Google Translate”- it’s not such a stellar app after all, there are some definite cons to it. 

#5- The fatal flaws found in most all Latin American city street and hwy designs. The perpetual mystery of why so many retarded, pin-headed Latin civil engineers obsess over “one-way” streets 

#6- Your lying Latin landlord and what you can expect (or not expect) from one 

#7- Latin American “condo” and “residential tower” rules and regs. Yes they have them in writing but are they tough enough? Are they enforced? 

#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 

November 4, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #804- SUN, NOV 04 (11-04-2018): 

#1- GMO’s, organic produce, gluten free, etc., Part 2:

Eating healthy in Latin America…or not. A trip through a high-end neighborhood Latin American supermarket. 

#2- Announcing Johnny Mueller’s January 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”: It will take place from Saturday, January 5th through Friday January 11th. For info and early-bird signup details visitwww.TheNewExpat.com and click on the Seminar link 

#3- More “Crazy Rich Latin” boots on the ground stories.

Today we see what happens to certain Latinos who have more money than brains 

#4- Hitting a person in a traffic accident and sending him or her to the hospital (or cemetery):

The consequences and possibilities when a gringo or expat is involved in such episodes

#5- Reasons 4536 through 4585, why Mexico is not a very good expat “Plan B” destination  

#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   

November 2, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #803- FRI, NOV 02 (11-02-2018): 

#1- When Gringos and Expats commit Tax crimes and Misdemeanors in Latin America:

What happens if and when a Gringo gets caught committing tax fraud or tax evasion in a Latin America country?  

 #2- Announcing Johnny Mueller’s January 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”: It will take place from Saturday, January 4th through Friday January 11th. For info and early-bird signup details visitwww.TheNewExpat.com and click on the Seminar link 

#3- Tips on how to avoid a terrible “Catch 22” tax problem that Expats and Gringos don’t ever want to get caught up in..

If you are starting off your “Plan B” from a state that taxes income like California or New York, beware of this hidden problem ..  

#4- The Venezuelan “problem” is having many strange secondary effects:

One being for example, that Latin Cupid and Match type dating sites are now simply clogged with Venezuelan women looking for some kind of lifeline from practically anyone outside of their own country who can help them potentially escape.    

#5- TSA and airport border shakedowns on steroids:

Today we have a breakdown of the newest crazy TSA and airport guidelines that include forcing travelers in many first-world countries to give up their device passwords under penalty of heavy fines and/or device confiscation, with over 30,000 devices scanned and examined at US airports in 2017. 

#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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