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

November 16, 2012  
The “lag time” effect we talk about is so very helpful to all of us expats when we start or do business in Latin America. But it does have a few downsides(it’s the yin and yang thing). But even then most of the time it’s the Latins who suffer for it, not us.
-A word about Latin university grads (called Licenciados and Licenciadas) and the laughably bogus titles they insist on using. Often when expats hear Latins address their own university grads we squirm, bite our tongues or just want to laugh out loud.  It seems any Latin with a half-ass degree is filled so with self importance he demands the “lower classes”address him by his new title Licenciado all times instead of his given name. (Thankfully gringos don’t play along and are fully exempt from this stupid ritual).
-A few stark examples about so called “educated” Latins and their noticeable lack of worldliness and breadth of knowledge. (I know I’m sounding like a pompous jerk here but after you hear this you’ll change your tune and agree with me on this one)
-Expat Eddie has a great new white-trash style website idea to highlight the seedier side of Latin America that could just go mega-viral. He wants your feedback on this one. You can mail him through me at:
-A true story of what often happens when hapless expats marry into wealthy Latin families (here's a blueprint on how to jump right back into the frying pan again!)
-MY JANUARY 2013 LATIN AMERICAN SEMINAR IS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION: Go to to get complete details. There may be one or two spots left, so don’t miss out.
-I’ve put together a mixed media 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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