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

March 18, 2014  
-Now some very valuable tips for anyone renting or buying a house, apartment or office space in Latin America. You can save yourself a world of hurt and frustration if you follow a few of these simple rules when shopping around for any living or office space.   
-Its well known that nearly all standard bathrooms in Latin America (even the ones in upper middle class homes) are much more than a notch or two down the hygiene scale compared to what we gringos are used to or expect. That said, one of the first things many of us do after settling into a new Latin homestead is to spend a few hundred bucks and upgrade the generally horrible bathrooms to our own (hopefully) much higher standards. But in trying to achieve that, do get ready for some unwanted’s not quite as easy as it sounds... 
-Excerpts from a very revealing -and somewhat sad- interview with a humble gardener/maintenance man who’s been working for wealthy Latins and their families (and the occasional gringo in-between) for over 40 years. Its yet another true story that strongly confirms why average working-class Latins have come to believe so many positive stereotypes about gringos(whether true or not)… and why most Latins much prefer working for first-world bosses rather than their own occsionally abusive countrymen.  
-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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