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

May 4, 2014  

Reporting from a wild night at a strange (strange to us gringos) but typical (typical to the locals) Latin wedding. Yes, if there are any gringos in attendance at a Latin wedding they will act accordingly- give nice gifts etc., and follow the usual first-world customs. But get ready expats, you won’t believe your eyes when you see some of the gifts and presents that do occasionally come from the Latin side of the family.  

A few other excellent examples to prove that when you’re off the gringo tourist trail the “gringo advantage” rides again.  

It’s getting more and more difficult to spend and covert all but the most pristine flawless US dollars at banks and vendors. Even the Latin ATM machines are putting out a certain percentage of US dollars that aren’t being accepted by retailers or banks (even with retailers that advertise that they do accept US dollars). Here’s the latest on that.   

A word or two about motorcycles and Latin American motorcycle cops and their pathetic, laughable machines. Actually a good thing, depending how you look at it.                 

My upcoming JULY, 2014 “Expat Wisdom” seminar is set to go so. The dates will be Saturday, July 12 thru Thursday, July 17. The agenda and complete signup details are on the website main page. Just click the Latin American Seminar link on the top of the main page and check it out.   

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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