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

May 20, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #858-SUN, MAY 19 (05-19-2019):

 

#1- Medellin and the rapid Gringoization of Colombia:

If you have Medellin in mind as your plan B..  you’ll pay first world prices in the gringoized and most desirable neighborhood called Poblado. So then where can you live where it’s reasonably cheap and nice? Listen and find out.

 

#2- Sign up is open for Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”:

The week-long event will be in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go : www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#3- Diminished personal space ion Latino America - will we ever get used to it?

 

#4- Avocados as big as your head. You just won’t believe it!

 

#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- 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 

May 17, 2019  

#1- Details, details… and lack thereof:

Gringos have their standards, and we expect a good service when we are paying for it. Why is it then, that new green gringos in need some repair work or construction constantly complain about the inherent Latino lack of attention to detail? What’s the answer, can it be fixed? And how is it the Latino labor force so ably and artistically executed all those thousands of fantastically beautiful colonial buildings churches and monuments, but when you hire a worker he can’t paint a straight yellow line on a road or paint bathroom wall without spattering the shower mirror, the light fixtures and the toilet seat? How about cleanup at the end of the job? (insert belly laugh here) It’s all a great source of frustration and hand wringing guaranteed to happen so many times and so constantly that many gringos and expats just come to expect it and eventually throw in the towel. Why, why, why? Well there are some good theories floating around and ways to crack the whip. But with each new job it will up to you to train them up, and sort of reinvent the wheel on a case by case basis...   

#2- By popular request I've been asked to give a short rundown on the blogs, books, websites, shows and podcast I personally listen to...  
 

#3- Sign up is open for Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”:

The week-long event will be in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go : www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#4- The Colombian healthcare system and insurance policies explained:

Today we have yet another ”boots on the ground” hospital/doctor/clinic story as recently experienced by a lone gringo with a medical emergency cause by the ash of a nearby volcanic eruption! (No Sh$%^T!)

 

#5- Speaking of Gringo Vegans in Latin America...

Some comments and observations.

 

#6 How often do Gringos end up in Latin American prisons?

As you may have heard- Latin prisons are horrific and should be avoided at all costs. But what are the odds you yourself could get locked up by sheer bad luck and circumstance? Should you be worried? Today we suss it out with another true life, “boots on the ground” story.

 

#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   

May 12, 2019  

#1- When a bad situation forces you into a rush “Plan B:

Think you can put your Plan B on the back burner indefinitely?Not so fast gringo! Today we have a listener’s account of being sued in Cleveland and the shock and surprise of having his US bank accounts seized. Now that he’s broke, suddenly he’s on a super-fast track to get out of Dodge. Not a good situation. Don’t let this happen to you!

 

#2- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”:

The week-long event will be in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go : www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#3- Why so many “younger” gringos and expats dislike Cuba:

A young adult listener opens up on why he would never go back to uncle Fidel’s island for another visit.

 

#4- How big a nest egg or savings do you really need to make a comfortable move to Latin America?   

Some tips and recommendations.

 

#5- Finding a niche job in Latin America:

Some gringos and expats need to work and make money soon after they arrive. Today we have more quick, easy and fun ways to make cash money without investing a dime.    

 

#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   

May 10, 2019  

#1- “You’re Nobody Till Somebody Hates You”:

Today an angry listener tells us exactly what’s wrong with The Expat Files Program. He explains in great detail how he hates the host’s delivery, style, subject matter and attitude. Listen in as he boldly tries to rip Johnny a new anus…. though in the end our listener admits that for all of his complaints he’ll continue to listen to program. Duh? Go figure.    

 

#2- PART SEVEN of Power Grid Independence for Expats and Gringos living in Latin America- how to power those energy-hog Air Conditioning units.

If you live in the Latin America Altiplano with perfect springtime weather all year long you probably won’t need A/C at all because you will mostly never break a sweat. However, most new green gringos and expats have never even heard of the Altiplano and thus will decide to live on or near the beach or in low altitudes. There A/C is a must, at least in the bedroom. Today we talk about the best ways to manage that eventuality and how to use solar power to run your A/C unit(s) completely off grid.

 

#3- Sign up is open for Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”:

The week-long event will be in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#4- Solar Panel sizes and Power Ratings- how to choose?

There are basically two main size PV panels being used today and dozens of oddball sized (orphan) panels too so it seems confusing. The main two sizes you should try to stick with are both very inexpensive high-powered panels. But which ones is best?     

 

#5- More tips advice on English teaching and call center jobs for gringos and expats in Latin America  

 

#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   

May 5, 2019  

#1- PART SIX of Power Grid Independence for Expats and Gringos living in Latin America:

The majority of well-built Latin American buildings and houses have flat or nearly flat concrete roofs. Today we discuss specifics on selection and mounting of your solar panels and what details you really should to pay extra special attention to.

 

#2- Solar Power System Component Guarantees:

Solar panels, lithium-ion batteries and controller/charger units come with 1, 2, 5, 10 and 25 year guarantees. There’s so much variation it seems like guarantees are all over the place and impossibly complicated. What do they really mean and do the companies stand by them? More importantly, will the companies or installers (or you) be around in 10 or 25 years to find out?  

 

#3- Sign up is open for Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”:

The week-long event will be in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#4- The easiest way to steal electric power in Latin America: The Mexican example.

 

#5- How to piss off an easy going, normally happy Latino:

That's what happens when too many Venezuelans (legal and illegal) migrate to another Latin country. But it doesn't start out that way. At first, when it’s a small controllable human trickle, the locals have big hearts and a large helping hand for their Latino brothers and sisters-in-arms. But when the new visitors suddenly seem to be everywhere, and start straining the local neighborhood social fabric, those formerly “welcome” new arrivals soon become objects of scorn and “personas non-grata.

Hmmm… sound familiar?

 

#6- Ten more surprising reasons why you should buy a PRIVATE healthcare insurance plan and NEVER sign on to the National Healthcare plans:

Even if the government, or gringo rags like International Living and AARP, market the country’s National Health System as cheap and efficient, don’t do it. Today we bring you yet more recent National Healthcare horror stories, this time direct from the bankrupt Mexican system. This you won’t believe.

 

#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   

May 3, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #853 -FRI, MAY 03 (05-03-2019):

 

#1- PART FIVE of Power Grid Independence for Expats and Gringos living in Latin America:

Today we discuss specifics on how to size your solar system for living-off the-grid in Latin America. DYK- when it comes to solar power products like solar panels and batteries, you’ll not get a great deal by purchasing last year’s stuff, even if it’s been marked down substantially. It almost always pays to get the latest models and panels possible, and here’s why…

 

#2- Buying and assembling your ideal solar power system in Latin America:

What parts of a solar system should be ordered online and shipped from the states, Canada or China etc., and what portion should/can be purchased in your own chosen Latin destination. How much of the assembly and setup work should (or can) you do yourself versus how much you should leave for your gardener, maintenance guy or professional installers?

 

#3- Sign up is now open for Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”:

The week-long event will be in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#4- What other Expat podcasts and radio shows can you trust for good and current info?

 

#5-Solar power system tip #1: When “NO MAINTENANCE” actually means “NO MAINTENANCE”

For the latest and greatest Lithium-Ion solar power setups there really is ZERO maintenance…. for years on end too. The only thing you or your gardener will have to do is sweep and hose down the dust and bird poop off the panels every 3 months or so or you'll lose a bit of power daily. However, if there’s any more required maintenance than that.. you probably didn’t do your homework and picked the wrong system or bought an older system “cheap” (perhaps even new in the box)that you may have been got suckered into...  

 #6- Latin governments jump on the “ban the plastic bags and straws” gringo wanabee bandwagon and screw it up as usual:

It’s mostly just another half-ass governmental attempt to be first-world like- but with little foresight or planning, as usual. This is Latin America ya know. Why do you think the call it the third world?  

 #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   

 

April 28, 2019  

#1- Power Grid Independence for Dummies- Solar Power and going off-grid in Latin America for Expats and Gringos- PART FOUR

Today we discuss highly recommended Solar systems for gringos and expats living in Latin America and how to by the equivalent (clone) of the “gold standard” Tesla Powerwall 2 (13.5 kw) clone for half the price of that name brand.

 

#2- Buying and assembling a solar power system in Latin America:

What parts of a solar system should be ordered online and shipped from the states, Canada or China etc., and what portion should/can be purchased in your own chosen Latin destination? How much of the assembly and setup work should (can) you do yourself versus how much you should leave for professional installers?

 

#3- A “bug out” portable solar power setup for all occasions:

After witnessing what’s been happening in Venezuela, you’d have to be nuts not to have a small portable solar package- one that can be thrown in the trunk of your car at a moment’s notice. But there are so many portable solar systems to choose from its more than confusing for even the above average gringo. Just have a look on Amazon! The fact is that most all of them are “cute” but under powered for a real emergency and unfortunately will fall short under bug-out conditions and when you need them the most. The good news is that there are some near perfect systems. You’re gonna love this!!!  

 

#4-Some killer time and money saving tips you’ll never know about until you’ve put together two or three a solar power systems- like I have ...  

 

#5- Sign up is now open for Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”

The week-long event will be in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link. 

 

#6- US Embassy Jobs- there are job openings all the time but should gringos and expats consider applying? After all, it’s your embassy and they speak English.

In a word.. NO! And here’s why…

 

#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   

April 26, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #851- FRI, APR 26 (04-26-2019):

 

#1-More Latin American Electric Company Scams and Hacks:

You’d think people living in a nice high-end residential towers would be on the straight and narrow up, on the up and up... not all gringo!  

 

#2- AMAZON for gringos in Latin America:

Tips, insights and hacks..   

 

#3- Everyone hates the electric company. People try to get over on them if they can. Aren’t you shocked!

How to tamper with Electric Meters in Latin America

 

#4- Sign up is now open for Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”:

The week-long event will be in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#5- The truth about Latin American neighborhood power outages and what to do about them

  

#6- Solar Power for Expats and Gringos- PART THREE

Latin America is absolutely ideal for solar energy setups and getting off the grid, or supplementing your grid power. Think of what you’d have to pay for quality off-the-grid system in Cleveland, now divide that number in half. That’s about what you’ll pay for such a system south of the border. We’re not talking about high maintenance DIY system cobbled together from spare or surplus parts from Craig’s list either.

 

#7- Why does Colombia keep doing this Shi%^&$#*!!!

Here’s yet another nail in Colombia’s “Plan B destination” coffin as it quickly slips off our list of top destinations. DYK that Colombia lawmakers are seriously considering banning private god sales and mining? All in the interest of the catch all pseudo-crime of money laundering of course! It probably won't pass but just the idea they're considering it is a very bad sign.

 

#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 out: www.thenewexpat.com   

 

April 22, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #850- SUN, APR 21 (04-21-2019):

 

#1-Electric Company Scams and Hacks in Latin America 

#2-Electric Power for Nuthin’:

How so many Latino’s do it and seem to get away with it forever... and we’re not talking about Solar or Wind installations here! 

#3- You’ve heard that Air Conditioning (A/C) and Solar power setups don’t mix because A/C units are big power suckers right?

WRONG! Today we have the dope on that conundrum..   

#4- Solar Power for Expats and Gringos- PART TWO

Today you will learn more in PART TWO of how to get off the electric grid in Latin America. Five years ago going solar was a hit and miss proposition and mistakes and miscalculations were made with irritating regularity. But now, in just the past 1 or 2 years, getting a super small and efficient solar system installed on your property has become incredibly easy and here’s how… 

Latin America is absolutely ideal for solar energy setups and getting off the grid, or supplementing your grid power. Think of what you’d have to pay for quality off-the-grid system in Cleveland, now divide that number in half. That’s about what you’ll pay for such a system south of the border. We’re not talking about high maintenance DIY system cobbled together from spare or surplus parts from Craig’s list either.

#5- Sign up is now open for Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”:

The week-long event will be in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link. 

#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   

April 19, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #849-FRI, APR 19 (04-19-2019):

 

#1- Solar Power for Expats and Gringos- PART ONE

Latin America is absolutely ideal for solar energy setups and getting off the grid, or supplementing your grid power. Think of what you’d have to pay for quality off-the-grid system in Cleveland, now divide that number in half. That’s about what you’ll pay for such a system south of the border. We’re not talking about high maintenance DIY system cobbled together from spare or surplus parts from Craig’s list either.

Today you will learn how smart gringos and expats are starting to get off the electric grid in Latin America. Five years ago going solar was a hit and miss proposition with many mistakes and miscalculations. But now, in just the past 1 or 2 years, getting a super small and super efficient, zero maintainence solar system installed on your property has become incredibly easy, and cheap. What a feeling! However, logically all bets are off if you happen to live on the 6th floor of a 10 story residential tower, right? That means solar is out if there’s no land or place for the necessary PV panels, correct? Wrong on both counts! It’s totally doable and here’s how…

 

#2-Windpower for gringos and Expats:

Such a good concept right? And there plenty of wind in the tropics and throughout Latin America. Unfortunately, it’s not a good or practical idea on an individual homestead basis. For a variety of reasons wind power is best left to experts and the commercial wind-farm guys.   

 

#3- Sign up is now open for Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”:

The week-long event will be in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

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

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 

#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 out: www.thenewexpat.com   

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