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

January 6, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #920 SUN, JAN 05 (01-05-2020):

#1- The good the bad and the ugly regarding the Latin Music scene:
Why it sucks and is getting worse (as if the US music scene is any better):
DYK there is a Mexican rock group “Mana” the Latino locals call the Latin Beatles? Although by US and British rock standards their talent and songs are of strictly Holiday Inn "lounge lizard" quality. However, since they were the first on the Latin rock scene with original (though terribly derivative) rock music,  they became immensely popular.
 
#2- DYK that there are TWO different kinds of “lag time” in Latin America?
There’s Central American “lag time” and South American “lag time” and there’s a big difference that needs explaining

#3- Of the 20 Latin countries, can you guess which 4 have the populations with the highest educational level and cultural acuity?

#4- A “startling boots on the ground“ report from Chile:

#5- US military bases in Latin America:
What you didn’t know about this revolting development will certainly surprise you

#6- 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.

 #7- Be sure to pick up my "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT". It's been completely revised for 2020 and beyond including the latest "Stem Cell" info and data and my top picks for the best treatment centers for expats and gringos. Just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the "Latin Healthcare Report " link.    
January 3, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #919 FRI, JAN 03 (01-03-2020):

#1- What the hell is the “Canasta Basica” or “Canasta Familiar”, why the papers and media mention it all the time and why to Latinos make such a big deal of it;

What’s it got to do with gringos and expats and why should we care?  

#2- Weekend Universities, useless degrees, and ten reasons why 4 out of 5 Latinos in college never graduate:

#3- How and why gringos and expats always negatively affect the cost of living: 

#4- A “boots on the ground” trip to the dentist and an 80 dollar root canal:

#5- Fences, walls, razor wire and property boundaries:
Everything you need to know about protecting and guarding your yard and perimeter without creating an eyesore

#6- 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.

December 29, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #918 Sun, DEC 29 (12-29-2019):                                                                                                                                                    

#1- Registration is now open for Johnny Mueller’s Jan 2020 “Expat Insider” seminar:
The week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 10th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020. Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B”. Just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
 
#2- The “Zona Rosas “ and “Zona Vivas” explained”:
They’re NOT red light districts but party and upscale hotel and restaurant districts. Practically every big Latin city has one…
 
#3- Reason #3245 why you DON’T want to ride the chicken bus:
A “boots on the ground” story

#4- The problem with trying to find Latina of your dreams on Latin American Cupid and/or Tinder:

#5- Crime, Security and Clueless Gringos:

#6- Well-polished turds and photo-shopped Air B&B’s:

#7- The truth about backpacker hotels and youth hostels:

#8- The confusing state of Uber in Latin America:

#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.

December 27, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #917 FRI, DEC 27 (12-27-2019):

#1- Registration is now open for Johnny Mueller’s Jan 2020 “Expat Insider” seminar:
The week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 10th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020. Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B”. Just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
 
#2- Ever wonder why Latino houses don’t have basements?
It’s probably a good thing and here’s why…
 
#3- Building moisture, humidity, infiltrations are the rule not the exception in in Latin America:
You’d think after 500 years of building and construction Latino architects and contractors would have figured out how to manage moisture problems but they haven’t. Today we have real dope an irritating subject …
 
#4- The Latino architect and builder’s motto might well be “We don’t have time to do it right, but we have time to do it over”:
It doesn’t make sense but that’s life here in Latin America

#5-Teaching English online for 20+ bucks an hour- PART 2

#6- Ugly Americans, how to find them and avoid them:The snobbish 10% “know it all” complainers give gringos and expats a bad name with the locals. And they are often the impetus behind gringo gouging and gringo prices(can you blame them?).

#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.

December 23, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #916 SUN, DEC 22 (12-22-2019):

#1- Registration is now open for Johnny Mueller’s Jan 2020 “Expat Insider” seminar:
The week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 10th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020. Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B”. Just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
 
#2- EMF- Dirty Electricity- a situation when ignorance is NOT bliss:
Today's discussion concerns everything you need to know about protecting yourself from something that almost no one ever thinks about but can permanently damage and shorten your life. We discuss the 3 different electric fields you need to measure, the best most simple and most economical EMF meter to buy, the EPA (environmental protection agency) maximum safe limits (are they really safe?) and a list of the worst and most surprising offenders around the home and office. You’ll also find out how to easily protect yourself without becoming a retrograde technology Luddite.

#3- What you really need to know about Smart Meters and how to block their daily dirty energy spurts:

#4- A very interesting walk through my own house with an EMF meter:
The ten surprising things I discovered..

#5- Stem Cells- Update number 7  

#6- 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.

 

December 20, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #915 FRI, DEC 20 (12-20-2019):

#1- Registration is now open for Johnny Mueller’s Jan 2020 “Expat Insider” seminar:
The week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 10th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020. Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B”. Just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
 
#2- Climate change and global warming in Latin America:
A boots on the ground investigation
 
#3- “Es en los manos de Dios” or “Dios permite” :
Those are the universal catchphrases when something, or some event, goes wrong or bad in some Latino or Latina’s life. They will invoke God as they hope for a positive outcome. However when something goes well or excellent in their lives it’s a different story, suddenly “Dios” has nothing to do with it….
 

#4- Baby names and stupid parents:

How a cute name can make a kid’s future life miserable
 
#5- it’s a fact that many, many US govt. employees opt for a “Plan B”
and secretly (or not so secretly) long to get the hell out of Dodge:
It seems counter-intuitive. However, they are on the inside and see how the sausage is made. So then, what do they know that we don’t know?
 
#6- Joe six-pack don’t care about having no “Plan B”:
As long as he still can afford beer, the minimum payment on his credit cards and his monthly Netflix bill, Joe don’t wanna hear bout no “Plan B”…

#8- 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.

December 16, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #914 SUN, DEC 15 (12-15-2019):

#1- Registration is now open for Johnny Mueller’s Jan 2020 “Expat Insider” seminar:
The week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 10th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020. Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B”. Just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

#2- Water and water purification in Latin America- PART 3

#3- Why such low sperm counts in US males and such high sperm counts in Latin Males?

#4- The truth about plastic food containers and water bottles:
They’re everywhere in Latin America and I mean everywhere, though with a little forethought there are ways to avoid their deleterious effects.   

#5- Stem Cell Update #4

#6-Doctors and Cockfights an unlikely combination, but not in Latin America:
Get ready for today’s first “boots on the ground” story
 
#7- When Gringos and expats ruin a good thing:
Unfortunately newbees mostly arrive quite clueless and thus unwittingly sow the seeds of cultural disruption
 
#8- The high cost of living in Panama:
And to think, it used to be such a great place for a “Plan B”
 
#9- Wealth and bad taste in Latin America:
Why do these two so often seem to go hand and hand?  

#10-Those terrible bare-naked florescent bulbs and horrible Latin Lighting schemes:

#11- The ubiquitous problem no one wants to address- ALUMINUM:

#12- 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.

December 13, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #913 FRI, DEC 13(12-13-2019):

#1- Registration is now open for Johnny Mueller’s Jan 2020 “Expat Insider” seminar:
The week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 10th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020. Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B”. Just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

#2- Medical Tourism, Dentistry and Cosmetic surgery in Latin America, 10 things you need to know:

#3- How can it be possible that Medical, Dental and Hospital treatments in Latin America are 1/4 to 1/6 the stateside cost?
What's the catch? I there something they’re not telling us?
 
#4- When gringo professionals go job hunting in Latin America:
Today we have the dope on gringos and expats with college degrees and professional careers looking to find a similar job in Latin America:
Ther are many questions that need answering like …how do you go about it, where do you look, where do you start and how much will you get paid?  
 
#5-An update on expat life in La Cafayete, Argentina (formerly Doug Casey’s prime development) and on expat life in the boonies of Nicaragua:
A boots on the ground report from an expat who spends half the year in Argentina (with its 100% year over year inflation), and the other half in Nicaragua (a country whose socialist dictator has the place virtually under Martial Law)    

#6- 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.

 

December 7, 2019  

EXPAT FILES SHOW #912 SUN, DEC 08(12-08-2019):

#1- Registration is now open for Johnny Mueller’s Jan 2020 “Expat Insider” seminar:

The week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 10th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020. Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B”. Just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

#2- “Helper’s High” or “Do Gooder Delusion”
Have you heard of the term? Few have, but it’s the rush people get when they do something good for someone. It’s an actual measurable physiological effect that includes the release of serotonin and other hormones and there’s a lot of that going around here in Latin America. It’s a good thing mostly, but can be addictive and thus like anything addictive, can get out of hand.. 
 
 
#3- Mexican Narcos and gangs are getting desperate and are now targeting formerly secure gringo tourist hot spots.
I’m not surprised and in fact predicted it. Yes... you have been warned over and over again that when Mexican Narcos and gangs lose market share or have an economic crunch (like legalization of weed in the US and Canada), they naturally turn to other sources of revenue… like to the gringos on the formerly secure and unmolested tourist trail.

#4- BANKING in Latin America the easy way –PART 2

#5 What you didn’t know about that famous Mexican Corona beer can hurt you:

#6- Keeping and maintaining a US phone number while living in Latin America:
Today we explain some very good phone hacks to get a US number that can really come in handy

#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.

December 6, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #911 FRI, DEC 06(12-06-2019):

#1- Registration is now open for Johnny Mueller’s Jan 2020 “Expat Insider” seminar:
The week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 10th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020. Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B”. Just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com.
 
#2- How to lower and even eliminate import tax and duties when you order things from ebay, Amazon and Alibaba, etc.
Today we delve into some special shipping hacks, as well discuss everything you need to know about ordering products from the USA or China. Its inevitable, you will be buying this online and having them shipped to your chosen Latin country but you will be hit extra for shipping and customs and import taxes (maybe). Today we also give the pros and cons of ordering from Amazon versus Alibaba. There are some big and important differences... 

#3- Choosing a Latin Bank: This is where gringos and expats can make some very big mistakes!

#4- Tips to know when bribing government officials (ha!):
Latin cops, border guards and immigration slugs are infinitely flexible, meaning nearly all are bribable and on the take.

#5- 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.

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