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

March 24, 2014  

-Occasionally the emails come in from doubters claiming they probably would just not be comfortable at all living in Latin America. They worry they’d be too isolated and out of touch with what’s happening out in the rest of the world. Can it be true? Here’s how it really stacks up..      

-Today we have some quirky examples of the “gringo advantage”. Though if you live down here you just smile and remind yourself that nothing that happens to gringos is too surprising.

-Is this not amazing? I’ve yet to come across one single Latin person born, bread and educated in Latin America that actually knows anything at all about what we call in the first-world the “alternative media”. There really is no organized alternative media down here to speak of. Even very educated Latins have a hard time with the “alternative media" concept... even when you gently explain it to them. They too buy the usual traditional corporate media crap hook, line and sinker. So in a way Latins are much like most stateside folks- who know infinitely more about Miley Cyrus and pro-sports than the organized government/corporate rot that’s eating away at their country. Now understand that during the bad old Latin days of Ollie North, the military coups and the civil wars, of course there were many alternative underground newspapers etc. But most Latins today weren’t around back then or aren’t old enough to connect with that stuff. And besides.. we're mixing apples and oranges.             

-Latin women and sports. Would it surprise you to know that most Latin women know all the personal facts and dirt about the one or two most handsome (guapo) guys in the national soccer league? Sure, Latin ladies attend sporting events but most only know their team colors and thus who should win. They rarely know the rules or how the game is actually played (sound familiar?)  

-Do follow the link on the main page at to schedule a private consultation with me. If you want to discuss the details of living, working, playing, doing business and/or retiring in Latin America, now you and I can talk about your situation one on one. 


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