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

July 29, 2019  

#1- A few words about having your own private live-in nurse:

For retired gringos with health problems, hiring a live in nurse for $400 to $500 a month is possibly one of the greatest benefits of living in Latin America   

 

#2- Tips on hiring maids, maintenance men and cleaning ladies:

How to spot the qualities you should be looking when hiring household help, as well as how to spot the defects that should nix the deal

 

#3- Another wasted day at a US embassy:

It’s the subject of today’s frustrating “boots on the ground” story- courtesy of the lard-asses working there (and paid for by your dime)
 

#4- Proof that even Mexico’s traditionally calm and laid-back small towns and areas way out in the boonies are no longer safe for gringos and expats:

Today we have a sobering eyewitness report from a faithful listener who has been living in said Mexican boonies for the past 5 years. He believes it’s about time for him and his wife to get out and move further south

 

#5- What steps should gringos take when his or her direct deposit social security, or disability payments, suddenly get cut off:

Another boots on the ground story…   

 

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July 26, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #874 FRI, JULY 26 (07-26-2019): `

 

#1- Power Outages (called “apagones” in Spanish):

What you need to know about short but the frequent power outages- what to do, how to deal with them and how to minimize your natural irritation and subsequent pissed off state of mind.

 

#2- Maintenance men (and other Latino oxymoron’s):

If you’re not living in a hi-rise residential tower, you’ll probably contract a maintenance man or gardener at one time or another. That said, there are a few things you ought to know about handling these guys.

 

#3- When well intentioned gringo and gringa “do gooders” end up doing NO good at all:

There are often negative secondary effects of the influx of gringo do-gooders in Latin America. Unfortunately the gringo and gringa SJW’s have arrived… it ain’t pretty. But I guess it had to happen. Today we discuss how bad things happen when gringos come down and force their social and cultural biases on the locals.
 

#4- Now for the ten million peso question:

According to poll by grade school teachers, can you guess the #1 reason poor and middle class Latin kids miss school days? You’ll have to listen to the show for the answer because its certain you’ll never guess.

 

#5- An important update on eliminating what is often the biggest electric expense when you live in the tropics - air conditioning:

DYK that in the last 2 years a number of well-known companies like LG and Panasonic have come out with a line of completely stand-alone SOLAR POWERED air conditioning units? That means you can now buy a package and have A/C all the time, without ever plugging into the electric grid. Today we have the dope on that and more..   

 

#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.

July 21, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #873 SUN, JULY 21 (07-21-2019): `

 

#1- What you never knew about “Coyotes” and how they have a two tier “door to door” pricing system:

A two-time illegal deportee Uber driver in El Salvador explains how he paid $8000 for Coyote to get him from El Salvador to New Jersey, no not once, but twice! If Coyotes don’t take checks or credit cards, how do poor and destitute Latinos come with that kind of dough? Today you’ll find out… and it’s a shocker..  

#2- Since 2015, throughout Central America, homicides and violent crimes have decreased nearly 50%:

What the hell has happened? Is it more cops? Better policing, equipment, technology, more political will? What Latino street cops say about will certainly surprise the hell out of you!!!

 

#3- The exploding growth of corrupt mega-evangelical churches in Latin America:

Just when you thought Catholics had the corner on church scandals, it’s likely just as bad or worse in those Latin American Evangelical mega-churches. Problem is, most offenses are lightly reported or not reported in the Latino media at all. Why? Because Latin America is so thoroughly Christian the media is loath to report any but the most glaringly obvious abuses.

 

#4- A boots-on-the-ground Cuba report:

A Listener who lived 18 years in Cuba and 5 years in Venezuela gives us a killer report, and a stern warning, about the ominous parallels he sees happening in the USA… he says, like Cuba, the USA is rotting from the inside out

 

#5- Dental Floss, Halitosis and Latin America:
There's something rotten in Denmark.. in macho Latin America too... 

 

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

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 

#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 out: www.thenewexpat.com   

July 19, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #872 FRI, JULY 19 (07-19-2019): `

 

#1- Everything you need to know about the cost of traffic fines and moving violations including the cost of traffic tickets throughout Latin America(both on and off the gringo tourist trail) including:

 

·        DUI’s and open liquor incidents

·        Driving with an expired driver’s license (or no valid license)    

·        Illegal turns, speeding and reckless driving

·        Running stop signs and/or red lights

·        Getting your car impounded by the cops. They might take it(or not), and how to avoid that stressful  eventuality.  

·        Cell phone use violations, seat-belt laws, mechanically unsafe vehicles, cracked windshields and burnt out tail and/or headlights, etc.

 

#2- What Latinos don’t know about their own history could fill 100 books:

Today we explain the rigid Latino social class system and how it relates all the way back to Columbus. Why do so few Latinos, even college educated ones, know so little about the embarrassing and genocidal legacy of the Spanish conquistadors (but then again, 95% of North Americans don’t know squat about their own history either)

 

#3- The annoying persistence of flat tires (pinchazos). What gringos and expats need to know about those experiences.

 

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

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 

#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 out: www.thenewexpat.com   

July 5, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #871 FRI, JULY 05 (07-05-2019): `

 

#1- Gringos with Drones and in Latin America:

Everything you ever wanted to know about owning, operating, buying and ordering a personal (typical recreational type)drone- including when at the airport traveling with one, dealing with customs and taxes as well as a thorough discussion of some of the brand new and mostly unenforceable Latin country drone laws.     

 

#2- Ordering online: Ten of the very best hacks for Gringos in Latin America who order online from Amazon, Ebay, Alibaba and practically any other online store: (don’t tell anyone about this stuff)

 

#3- The do's and dont's regarding sport fishing (or just fishin' for eatin’) in Latin America

 

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

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 

#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 out: www.thenewexpat.com   

July 3, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #870 SUN, JUNE 30 (06-30-2019): 

 

#1- TEN things you absolutely need to know about owning gold and silver in Latin America, including:

        The right mix of gold vs silver for expats

·        The forms and types of gold and silver you should stay away from- even if the price seems right    

·        Buying/selling in metals Latin America

·        Shipping and/or hand carrying metals to your Latin American destination  

·        Terrific fast (and free) ways of detecting counterfeit gold and silver (these days gold and silver fakes are near perfect and everywhere)

·        Storing and hiding your metals in their final resting place  

·        Easy ways of getting metals through customs

 

#2- The 5G problem is coming to Latin America:

Most say its good news, right? Well, not really since the scientific evidence is building that 5G is not at all good for the health of man or beast. But companies do have to test those 5G system somewhere, and the first round of guinea pigs will not be in the 1st world. Four South American countries have been chosen to roll it out 5G later this year. Can you guess the usual suspects?

 

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

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 

#4- 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.

 

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

 

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