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

March 31, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #844 -SUN, MAR 31 (03-31-2019):

#1- Latinos, garbage, pollution and general disorder in the court:

Latinos talk a great game about being nationalists and patriots and how they love their countries. So its mystery why they continuously toss garbage, pollute and uglify their surroundings. Just take a look at any beachfront that’s anywhere near a local population, or that fact that every single river and inland body of water is contaminated. Why does it take Gringo ingenuity and small incentives to those simple but ugly problems? Today we have case in point..   

 #2- Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar” will take place in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. Get on the early bird discount waiting list by going to:http://www.thenewexpat.com and clicking on the "seminar" link.

 #3- When old Gringos live in Latin America:

How do 80+ year old gringos get along in Latin America? Does one have to be young and fit to have a “Plan B” and get the hell out of Dodge? Can people of all ages to eliminate the 1st world chaos from their lives or is there a kind of an age limit?      

#4- There’s a stringent new Big Brother crackdown on Canadian snowbirds and it ain’t pretty:

It’s getting harder and harder for Canadians to get out of Dodge and become Expats. Ottawa is gearing up in 2019 to monitor every citizen’s move once he leaves the country for whatever reason or time period. It’s quite obvious the Canuck nanny state wants to keep all of her moose in the barn.

#5- The Latin American Traffic report:

You’ve heard Latin America traffic sucks and that many roads are in crap condition. Today we discuss what Latin countries have the best and worst roads. The facts will surprise you.

#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- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 #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 out: www.thenewexpat.com   

March 29, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #843 -FRI, MAR 29 (03-29-2019):

 

#1- The BEST and WORST cars for Gringos and Expats to own and drive in Latin America:  

 

#2- Today an over-diagnosed Expat wananabe/gonnabee gives us 400 more excellent reasons to get the hell out of Dodge. If this tale of 1st world woe doesn’t get your “Plan B” going, you’re a lost cause.   

 

#3- Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar” will take place in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. Get on the early bird discount waiting list by sending an email to: www.theexpatfiles@gmail.com

 

#4- Petty Crime and Theft in Latin America- The Crimes they are a Changin’:

As little as 5 years ago car radios were by far the number 1 item on a very common thief’s list of smash and grabs. However these days Latin America is a cell phone thief’s paradise, and practically an industry unto itself. Of course all high end cell phones can be disabled and tracked anywhere once they are stolen but still the theft persists. Where are all those stolen cells ending up?

 

 

#5- In Latin America you are what you drive, and if you don’t have a car (80% don’t), you are judged by your phone model:

For 80% of Latin ladies, a cell phone is their most costly and prized possession. These working girls live at home and don’t have cars or computers so a high end phone on the payment plan is the thing. It stands to reason they would be a much easier target for thieves than a Latino man (who almost always settle for a lesser cell model anyway). That’s why in just the last few years very high numbers of unlucky Latina ladies (though not as many men) have had their ripped off FOUR or more times. Yet even after a Latina lady has one swiped she’ll inevitably buy up, and get the latest, even more stealable, high-end model. Duh?           

  

#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- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 

#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 out: www.thenewexpat.com   

March 24, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #842 - SUN, MAR 24 (03-24-2019):

 

#1- Gringa Expats sound off dire warnings about "bad boy" Latino boyfriends and Lovers:

Direct the love and romance trenches- today we have three revealing “boots on the ground” stories from American ladies in Latin America. Ladies, find out what every 1st world lady needs to know before stepping into that minefield... 

#2-The truth about Latin America “geeks and nerds”:

Yes every culture has them, even Latin America. If not, how would you ever get your Ant Miner or I-Phone fixed? But unlike their American counterparts, Latin nerds and geeks can actually dance their asses off. How’d that happen? 

#3- Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar” will take place in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. Get on the early bird discount waiting list by sending an email to: www.theexpatfiles@gmail.com 

#4- Temporary and Permanent Residency programs explained:

The details and tips everyone with a “Plan B” needs to know along that journey to getting a 2nd passport   

#5- Expats with School Loan Debts- can you safely skip out on the payments escaping to Latin America, what are the consequences?

Today we talk about School Loan debts and how they can affect expats and expat gonnabees and wannabees. Some expats have absolutely staggering debts, and here are some of the questions they are asking...

#6- When Expats and Wanabees get their Passports blocked: 
The US state department blocked 300000+ US passports last year.
WTF is up with that?

 

 

#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- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/ 

#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 out: www.thenewexpat.com   

March 22, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #841 FRI, MAR 22 (03-22-2019):

 

#1- The Michael Jackson Effect in Latin America:

What you didn’t know about the many Latino street performers and celebrity impersonators, and why there are hundreds of little Michael Jackson moon walkers and not one single Elvis. Do Latinos know or even care about Jacko’s terrible dark side?

 

#2-The Uncle Fidel Effect:

How non-Cuban Latinos feel about Cuba and the Castro brothers

 

#3- Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar” will take place in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. Get on the early bird waiting list by sending an email to: www.theexpatfiles@gmail.com

 

#4- The Present State of Power Outages In Latin America:

How Latinos handle those occasional intermittent power failures and how bad are they and what to expect.

 

#5- Statues, Statues everywhere:

Who in the hell are all those pompous macho looking Bronze guys (yes they are all guys) and what do you know about Latino History and their particular brand of famous Historic Figures? What do Latinos know about them? The answer is, both Gringos and Latinos know practically nothing about their own history..

 

#6- Wow! Look at that butt!!!  Is it, or is it NOT Plastic Surgery?

What percentage of those often gravity defying Latina Butts and curves are real? That’s a question almost all gringos and gringas ask themselves at one time or another (and assume they know the answer to). But since Latin America is a poor region where the average monthly salary is barely $400 all that expensive surgery (prohibitively expensive to Latinos) doesn’t add up. How can so many ladies who barely have the dough to ride the chicken bus be going under the knife???

 

#7- What I really have come to dislike about Air B&B’s:

Air B&B’s…what a good idea right? But after staying in quite a few in the last year I can tell you what irks me..

 

#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- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 

#10- 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.

 

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

March 17, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #840 SUN- MAR 17 (03-17-2019): 

#1- Have you heard the good news? Doctors actually make house calls in Latin America – but that unusual service comes at a price:

Yes, and that price is a whopping 25 to 35 bucks! 

#2- Announcing Johnny’s upcoming July 2019 Latin American “Expat Insider” seminar 

#3- Five reasons why you must absolutely have your own propane gas tanks at your new “Plan B” destination in Latin America: 

#4- Everything you need to know about having a continuous hot water supply in your Latin house or apartment:

Sounds like a no brainer, but DYK about 80% of all Latin American homes DO NOT have hot running water? Oddly enough, there will be various hot water options available that you’ve never even seen before. Some don’t work very well, and others will never be up to your gringo standards, and others wok fine.   

#5- Five reasons why you should have as many gas-fired home appliances as possible- and why to avoid electric ones. 

#6- Montezuma’s revenge revisited, and why I avoid buying frozen food in Latin America. 

#7- Going off the grid step-by-step in Latin America.

#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- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link.

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/ 

#10- 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. 

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

March 15, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #839 FRI- MAR 15 (03-15-2019):

 

#1- Latin America –Is there a Best of the Best?

Everyone wants to know how to find the best Latin American city, the best Latin American climate, best food, best cost of living, best beaches, etc., etc. The truth is that the answers depend on YOUR needs and wants. And to get started yourself, you have to begin by writing your own personal (and realistic) wish list… 

#2- Climate Change in Latin America- Part 2:

Is Latin America warming? Today we have a report from a very seasoned expat with many examples that offer proof Mexico is getting colder not warmer. How is that possible?  

#3- The Latin American “noise factor”;

Latinos like noise and are extremely comfortable with it and don’t complain. By our standards the “bullia” is always ramped up and it takes some time for gringos and expats to get used to (and sometimes never).

 

#4- TEN ways Mexico has changed for the worse in just the last five years

 

#5- So you have a “Plan B” but what about a plan “Plan C”?

How about having a 2nd plan on how to get out of Dodge 2.0? When might you need to dump your “Plan B” and move on to “Plan C”. The problem is, if you get your “Plan B” info from rags like International Living, after a few years you may find yourself wanting to get out of Dodge all over again. Wow! Imagine getting out of Dodge and having to do it all over again.

#6- How to ruin a good “Plan B” destination in 3 easy steps: 

#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- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/ 

#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 out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

 

March 10, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #838 SUN- MAR 10 (03-10-2019): 

#1- There’s something special, and a bit odd, about Canadian expats and wanabees

It’s not like US expats and wanabees are all that normal, but who wants to be normal? Normal is boring.

#2- The truth about gringo prices, aka: “the gringo gouge”

It’s complicated, and not just a simple case of local vendors spotting and nicking a “rich” gringo..

#3- What Latin Americans really think of Trump:

It’s no surprise that when he first got into office most Latinos were scared to death, but these days Latinos don’t really think or care about him at all, and here’s why..

#4- Twenty more reasons why it’s time to get out if Dodge while you still can

#5- “Oh, if I could only make it to America”

Today we dissect the average Latina and Latino’s fantasy wish list:

 #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- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 #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.

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

 

March 8, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #837 FRI- MAR 08 (03-08-2019): 

#1- “Growing Young” The positive effects of living in Latin America and how it affects your health and well-being

Why is it that so many gringos and expats, when visiting back in the states, report that the physical and mental states of their families and friends seems to be deteriorating much faster then they are?

#2- Alternative Medicine, and how to obtain the latest technology stem-cell treatments in Latin America

#3- “The Hip and Knee Replacement Club” are you a member in good standing? (Or sitting?)

#4- An Expat Gringo Psychiatrist gives us his take on the “Happiness Phenomena” that seems to be so prevalent in Latin America and other comparatively poor cultures

#5- Mr. B. talks about how he teachs English on-line from his home in Guatemala City and makes 19 bucks an hour tax free:

An update on making money in Latin America by our favorite English teaching specialist (and a guy with only a HS diploma)- Mister B.  

#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- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

#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.

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

March 3, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #836 SUN- MAR 03 (03-03-2019):

#1- Hiring and Firing Latin employees- PART 2:

 

There are certain important things every average gringo/expat needs to consider when contracting Latino employees

#2- The $5 an Hour Maid:

How gringos/expat guilt and entitlement issues unwittingly inflate the local cost of living

#3- Are you Anti-Vaccine? If so, you’d better get that “Plan B” in high gear now.

Why? Because certain US agencies have you on a “watch list” and soon you will be labeled as a terrorist. What happens next is that the US State Department will block your passport and travel privileges.

#4- Beware of Expat Bars and other Gringo low-life hangouts

#5- The Frustrating Business of Gringos “Doing Business” in Latin America

#6- When newbee Gringos and Expats have all the answers- look out!

It seems to be a very contagious fresh, green gringo disease- thinking there’s nothing about the Latin American culture that can’t fix with a little dough. Many have tried, but few have succeeded.

#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- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

#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 out at: www.thenewexpat.com

March 1, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #835 FRI- MAR 01 (03-01-2019):

 

#1- Hiring and Firing Latin employees:

The pitfalls and the dangers for gringos and expats 

#2- The poop on those English Language pamphlets and magazines aimed at newly arrived gringos and expats:

Yes, on the gringo tourist trail you’ll find “free” English rags like that at every coffee shop, tienda, restaurant and even the airport. But are they being factual about the local situation when reporting local news stories. Do you even news at all or just repackaged marketing and promo stuff based on who those rags sell their ads to? 

#3- Firing Latin employees and how some will later try to exact more than a dollop of revenge:

Yes, even employees you have fired for stealing will sometimes get the last laugh. 

#4- What are “Termination Benefits?”

They’re what you’ll have to dig into your pocket for if you have to let an employee go for whatever reason. Suppose there’s an emergency and you have leave the country permanently and go back to Cleveland. There’s a good chance you will have to pay off your employees, even your laid-off maid and gardener. And it won’t be cheap.       

#5- Worker’s benefits and what you will have to pay or chip in, above and beyond the regular salary

#6- Have you heard of “Alginaldo, Bono Catorce and/or Decimo”?

Well you’ll sure find out in a hurry, the minute you hire any Latino employees  

#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- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

#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 out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

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