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

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 : 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 


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


#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:   

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