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

September 30, 2012  
Folks who are interested in my next seminar should send a very short email to and I’ll put you on my private mailing list for updates.
By popular demand we have another anonymous interview. After my last Expat Wisdom seminar, I interviewed a very smart, articulate and adventurous gringo named Dave. He and his equally astute brother, added a lot of great vibes and tons of intellectual energy to the event. Now you can hear Dave’s unique take on the seminar and how he describes the people, the country, the fabulous altiplano and, well…the whole darn experience.
Even if you live well away from an active volcano, sometimes (if the wind is right… or wrong) you may downwind from a big, dirty, ugly surprise. It’s nothing life threatening, but certainly a pain in the rear end (trasero).
What happens when things go missing around the house? It’s that age old problem that eventually confronts a certain percentage of expats… a maid with “sticky” fingers.
The truth about job hunting maids, cleaning ladies and maintenance men with excellent references (they all have excellent references- especially the ones who’ve been previously fired for stealing)
Did you know that up to 25% of married Latin couples are not technically married at all? Its a particular unspoken phenomena that occurs most exclusively among the poor (about 40% of Latin America)... up to half of who eventually end up in a common law marriage. Why? It costs way too much dough for them to get married, much less have a party and go on a real Honeymoon. So normally, after about 5 years of living together and having a kid or two, or ten, or twenty (I’m not kidding) the state automatically deems the union a common law marriage.
Expat Eddie and I had a pow wow and we both came to the same conclusion that our cleaning ladies (not the same one) were stealing from us! The question is, why does it happen in the first place? How should it be dealt with it? And how can it be prevented in the future? (Don’t fret, we’ve actually got the problem nearly solved)
I’ve put together an audio/video program specifically for expats and wanabees called the 'New 5 Flags'. Just head over immediately to and get all the details. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Follow the link on the main page at to schedule a 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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