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

September 15, 2019  

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#1- Why Smart People Can’t Learn Spanish:

How long does it take for the average Gringo/Expat to learn Spanish?Oddly enough, the ability to learn Spanish does not seem to be related to IQ. There are many smart and creative long-time expats with very bad Spanish…     

#2-How NOT to get nailed for customs and immigration duties and taxes on stuff you bring down to your new Latin country:

Today we’ve got some great packing tips to avoid that scenario and save you a lot of grief and dough..

#3- Some Eggspert advice concerning “driveway chickens” and their eggs, versus store bought so-called “free range” chickens and eggs.

There is a difference…

#4- Small towns in Latin America- are they safe?

As a rule, most Latin towns under 50,000 population are quite safe, but there are some notable exceptions. Today the dope on the how, where and why…

#5- The “Apostilling” facts:

What you need to know about “Apostilling” documents for residency. You’ll need to have that done in advance for the immigration slugs in your chosen Latin Country

#6- Johnny’s week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 11th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020.

To get on the early-bird sign up list, email theexpatfiles@gmail.com.

Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B” (providing the world doesn’t implode by then!)

#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.

September 13, 2019  
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#1- Costa Rica- A Con Man’s Paradise:

A collection of unbelievable “boots on the ground” Costa Rican rip off stories. Don’t let this happen to you!

#2- Some Gringos and Expats will make it a point to ditch their boring past and completely re-invent a more exciting version of themselves:

Everybody wants to be a “somebody” and you’d be surprised how many Expat artists, writers, adventures and entrepreneurs are really just damn good bullshitters who, in a past life, were just ordinary mundane plumbers, firemen and meter readers. Unlike up in the states, when one is down in Latin America, pretenses can be perpetuated indefinitely and even have a life of their own.

#3- What you need to know about Latin American adoption agency scams and rip offs:

#4- Argentina is falling apart at the seams (I told you so!):

Yes that bloated, corrupt Argentine government is at it again, bankrupt and ready to default on their sovereign debt. Thus, they have instituted currency controls and that’s always the beginning of the end. So how bad is it? Well, one now must ask for written permission from one’s own bank and the government to withdraw YOUR OWN money from your own US dollar account. This will not end well... (did I say I told you so?)

#5- The gentle art of car theft in Latin America:

What you need to know to protect yourself so it doesn’t happen to you!

#6- Three simple tips on how to thwart ID theft in Latin America and elsewhere: 

#7- Johnny’s week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 11th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020.

To get on the early-bird sign up list, email theexpatfiles@gmail.com.

Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B” (providing the world doesn’t implode by then!)

#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.

 

September 8, 2019  

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#1- Everything you wanted to know about Electric cars and the availability of EV charging stations in Latin America

#2- Latin country Illiteracy and the strange case of “The Comic Book Cure”:

#3- The truth about Child Labor and truancy in Latin America:

#4- Can you learning fluent Spanish in 2 Months?

I know one smart Gringo who did just that. He accomplished that feat from Illinois without ever stepping foot in Latin America or taking an online course or having a Spanish speaking girlfriend or even attending a single Spanish class. It is possible to do and we’ve got a “boots on the ground” story today to prove it…

#5- Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and your “Plan B”:

How Bitcoin saved one gringo’s life and taught him how the twisted world “really” works. Its today’s second “boots on the ground” story…

#6- Johnny’s week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 11th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020.

To get on the early-bird sign up list, email theexpatfiles@gmail.com.

Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B” (providing the world doesn’t implode by then!)

#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.

September 6, 2019  

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#1- It seems every month Latin governments are creating new hoops to jump through and inventing new obstacles for gringos and expats on the way to obtaining residency:

 #2- Everything you wanted to know about the infamous FBI “good conduct report”(aka: “Rap Sheet”):

You’ll need one when applying for most Latin Country residency. Yup even Guatemala is requiring one now (they were the last holdout)

#3- Is there anything wrong with having a European 2nd Passport and starting a “Plan B” in Europe rather than in Latin America? 

#3- Dialing “911” in Latin America:

Yes, all Latin countries have a similar emergency dial up service these days. The question is, what is the ambulance response time? Or could it be that ambulances are on “manana” time too? Well, knowing how Latin Cops respond to police calls you wonder (and hope) if Ambulance will show up at all. Today we have the dope on the subject.

#4- Another round of Clueless Gringo stories sure to scare the poop out of you: 

#5- TSA Airport Shakedowns:

Is there any limit to what those rubber-gloved lard-asses can get away with once they’ve singled you out for a more “complete” and “invasive” inspection? Today we have three very interesting boots-on-the-ground stories that will make you laugh… and cry    

#7- Johnny’s week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 11th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020.

To get on the early-bird sign up list, email theexpatfiles@gmail.com.

Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B” (providing the world doesn’t implode by then!)

#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.

September 1, 2019  

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#1- Beware of Sharks and other Gringo-eating creatures with big teeth: 

#2- Latina Ladies and those amazing Hour-Glass Figures- PART 2: 

#3- The Trouble with Backpackers: 

#4- Another round of Clueless Gringo stories sure to scare the poop out of you: 

#5- EMP dangers and 5-G in Latin America:

The consensus is in. 5-G is coming to Latin America. It’s inevitable and a real health hazard. So today we discuss how to protect yourself as they roll it out.

#6- What do you mean, I have to “Apostille” my documents to apply fo Latin Residency?

What the heck is an “Apostille anyway? Does it have to do with the 12 Apostles or something? Why I ain’t even Catholic! 

#7- Johnny’s week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 11th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020.

To get on the early-bird sign up list, email theexpatfiles@gmail.com.

Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B” (providing the world doesn’t implode by then!) 

#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.

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