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

August 19, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #783 SUN, AUG 19- (08-19-2018): 

#1-Revisting Roatan, Honduras:

An expat gringo finds a unique business niche nearby… the local Latinos don’t get it, but it’s an idea whose time has come.

 #2- Details, Details: why practically every Latin construction and/or remodeling project never quite makes the grade (the first world grade).

Why do so many Latin remodeling “after” pictures look as bad as the “before“ pictures? 

#3-The dirty truth about "selective" power outages in Latin America:

Truth be told, if you happen to live in a high-end upper-middle class neighborhood or suburb (called colonias down here) chances are you will never experience power outages of any annoying duration- except possibly during extreme weather. Meanwhile the poor and average Latino neighborhoods directly adjacent to a wealthier “colonias” can often experience quite frequent power outages. What’s up with that?      

#4-Why, in spite of the so called “gringo advantage” some gringo businesses do fail 

#5 Wildfire destruction in Latin America:

Yes they do exist, but it’s mostly local farmers who do their own controlled burns. As for fires and destruction by fire in general, most are cause by the amazingly inappropriate overuse of fireworks- which are completely legal in Latin America.   

BTW- if you’re wondering about the premiums for fire insurance down here… no one knows, because nobody knows anyone who actually has that kind of coverage, or any kind of homeowner’s umbrella coverage for that matter.     

 #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  

 #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 it all out at:   

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