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

July 5, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #871 FRI, JULY 05 (07-05-2019): `

 

#1- Gringos with Drones and in Latin America:

Everything you ever wanted to know about owning, operating, buying and ordering a personal (typical recreational type)drone- including when at the airport traveling with one, dealing with customs and taxes as well as a thorough discussion of some of the brand new and mostly unenforceable Latin country drone laws.     

 

#2- Ordering online: Ten of the very best hacks for Gringos in Latin America who order online from Amazon, Ebay, Alibaba and practically any other online store: (don’t tell anyone about this stuff)

 

#3- The do's and dont's regarding sport fishing (or just fishin' for eatin’) in Latin America

 

#4- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 

#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.

 

#6- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check out: www.thenewexpat.com   

July 3, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #870 SUN, JUNE 30 (06-30-2019): 

 

#1- TEN things you absolutely need to know about owning gold and silver in Latin America, including:

        The right mix of gold vs silver for expats

·        The forms and types of gold and silver you should stay away from- even if the price seems right    

·        Buying/selling in metals Latin America

·        Shipping and/or hand carrying metals to your Latin American destination  

·        Terrific fast (and free) ways of detecting counterfeit gold and silver (these days gold and silver fakes are near perfect and everywhere)

·        Storing and hiding your metals in their final resting place  

·        Easy ways of getting metals through customs

 

#2- The 5G problem is coming to Latin America:

Most say its good news, right? Well, not really since the scientific evidence is building that 5G is not at all good for the health of man or beast. But companies do have to test those 5G system somewhere, and the first round of guinea pigs will not be in the 1st world. Four South American countries have been chosen to roll it out 5G later this year. Can you guess the usual suspects?

 

#3- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 

#4- 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.

 

#5- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check out: www.thenewexpat.com   

 

June 28, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #869 FRI, JUNE 28 (06-28-2019): 

 

#1- The US Embassy is NOT your friend:

A trip to a US Embassy is never a good day and today’s “boots on the ground” story gives us about ten more reasons to prove the point

 

#2- How Safe are the “Friendly” Skies?

Are they even that friendly anymore? Nope, not a chance. And with two brand new Boeing 737 Max aircraft disasters in one month, many would be travelers are wondering what really happened, and when and if could it happen again. Today we hear the REAL dope on the underlying problem, not the Fake News version.

 

#3- Confessions of a TSA agent:

DYK that some TSA agents secretly want to get out of Dodge too?

Wait a minute? They’re part of the problem… right?

Well listen up. Today we have a few choice words from a listener, a TSA agent, who hates his job, is close to retirement, and is definitely on board for his Latin American “Plan B”… though he doubts It will ever materialize.

 

#4- Last chance to sign up for Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”:

The week-long event will be in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#5- TEN reasons why “Millennials” so easily buy into big brother shakedowns while governments and big brother consider the “baby boomers” troublemakers and wish they would die off soon 

 

#6- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 

#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.

 

#9- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check out: www.thenewexpat.com   

June 24, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #868 SUN, JUNE 23 (06-23-2019): `

 

#1-How to get out of bribing the cops:

 

#2- Why would an IRS agent want out get out of Dodge?

Today we have a few words from an IRS agent who hates his job, is close to retirement, and is definitely on board for his Latin American exit “Plan B” too. What’s up with that?

 

#3- Last chance to sign up for Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”:

The week-long event will be in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#4- 10 more reasons to get out of Dodge (while you still can)

 

#5- Major league baseball and Latin American talent:

Why is it that 4 of 20 Latin countries are totally obsessed with baseball while the other 16 are simply nuts about soccer (their version of football)? And why do the Milwaukee Braves have 6 Venezuelans on their roster?   

 

#6- Bums and homeless people in Latin America: The real story

 

#7- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 

#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.

 

#9- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check out: www.thenewexpat.com   

 

June 24, 2019  

#1- Mexico is a disaster- here’s the final devastating word on why Mexico is a very very bad place for your “Plan B” destination:

Today we have a dire warning from an Expat Files listener (a professional USA law enforcement agent in charge of training Mexican cops and military). He’s been operating under a US contract in Mexico, training Mexican law enforcement agents for the past 3 years. WARNING! If what he has to say here doesn’t convince you to stay far far away from Mexico, then you are either delusional or a lost cause.

 

#2- The confessions of a “Timeshare” salesman:

Just when we thought timeshares had slipped into the toilet bowl of bad ideas, a new round of timeshare seminars (in Spanish) have risen from the ashes to accommodate the latest breed of incompletely educated middle-class Latino suckers. They’re scrambling to max out their credit cards and take the bait. In this “boots on the ground” story, a veteran timeshare salesman spews real dirt on the subject.     

 

#3- Last chance to sign up for Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”:

The week-long event will be in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#4- What will you do when the Lights go out?

Latin Americans are used to periodic power outages, yet almost none has a backup gas or diesel generator, much less a backup solar power setup.

Whether the power fails for two minutes or two hours, Latin life goes on, doesn’t skip a beat. Gringos however (especially newbees) tend to go ballistic during power failures. That’s why you need a small gas generator, better yet, a portable solar backup unit…   

 

#5- US Border control databases are being hacked again and again...

When crossing US borders you are constantly filmed, photographed and put in various US Govt databases ... and those US border control checkpoints (your data and photos) are constantly being hacked. That means your party pix and most excellent bathroom bowel movement pix posted on Fakebook, Instacrap and Twaddle will be joined on the cloud by your border checkpoint videos and photos too, gringo.

 

#6- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 

#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 out: www.thenewexpat.com   

 

June 16, 2019  

#1- Fingerprint Crazy, and the Impossibility of being Anonymous in Colombia:

Excessive fingerprint and ID checking in Colombia is the subject of today’s first “boots on the ground” story.. and it ain’t pretty

 

#2- What in the hell is wrong with Nicaragua?  

 

#3- Last chance to sign up for Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”:

The week-long event will be in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#4- Unhappy Gringo Whiners and Complainers:

There’s one (or two) in every crowd. Some people have that personality trait and would complain back home in Cleveland even if they win the lottery (Oh crap Johnny, I have a there hour drive to the capital to pick up that damn ten million dollar check… what a pain in the ass)    

 

#5- Don’t Worry be Happy:

Can Gringos and Expats be truly happy in Latin America? (as the locals appear to be). Could be that’s not the right question. The so-called “pursuit of happiness” goal should really be changed to “the pursuit of "contentment". Why? Because true happiness is so fleeting, while real contentment feels quite good, is eminently achievable, and can last a long long time..  

 

#6- Help! I'm stupid! My Spanish sucks and it just won't get any better:

 

#7- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 

#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.

 

#9- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check out: www.thenewexpat.com   

June 14, 2019  

#1- Narcos, gypsies, tramps and priests:

Today we discuss how religious tattoos pepper Latino society and how ignorant “one note” proselytizers “cherry pick” phrases from the Bible

 

#2- If you’re wondering what kind of people sign up for Johnny’s Expat Insider” seminar, here’s the and breakdown..   

 

#3- Last chance to sign up for Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”:

The week-long event will be in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#4- Solar power setups in Latin America- PART 8

Today we discuss the absolute need for a PORTABLE Solar power package along with what specs and ratings it should have. Even if you no desire to go all out and “off the grid” with a dozen or so panels on the roof, no matter, everyone needs to have a lightweight but powerful POERABLE unit with suitcase panels you can spread out on the lawn or throw in the back of your car if you’re at home or heading out to a beach, the boonies or well, anywhere.            

 

#5- Social Justice Warriors (SJW’s) in the land of Manana time:

Are they having an impact? Does anyone care? Is anyone listening? Have they even arrived yet?

 

#6- Forever Lost in translation, it works both ways- Spanish to English and vice versa:

While mingling with the Latin masses trying to get your point across, you’ll find many words and phrases truly get lost in translation. Sometimes the result is so funny or ridiculous it’ll crack you up. So then you just laugh and explain the problem right? Not so fast… sometimes it’s better to just let it lie, or you’ll dig yourself in to deeper hole     

 

 

#7- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 

#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.

 

#9- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check out: www.thenewexpat.com   

June 9, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #864-SUN, JUNE 09 (06-09-2019): `

 

#1- How to safely move and/or transfer assets to Latin America using cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, litecoin and etherium:

How to locate a trusted network of cryptocurrency experts after arriving at your Plan B destination. Trust is everything.

 

#2- Traveling abroad with your cryptocurrencies:

How to handle crossing borders, airports and the TSA    

 

#3- Sign up is open for Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”:

The week-long event will be in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#4- Arranging Social Security monthly direct deposits to your new Latin America Bank account sounds easy but…

What can go wrong? (Duh?)

 

#5- The problem with visiting the “good ole” American Embassy:

If you live overseas there will come a time when you need to stop in at the US embassy/consulate. It won’t be fun. It won’t be easy. It’s the subject of today’s “boots on the ground” misadventure.

 

#6- Stumbling into Gringo business ideas and niches:

A great number of gringo and expat business opportunities are born out of sheer irritation, inconvenience and observation. Many times you’ll hear frustrated gringos say, “I don’t get these guys. Why do they insist on doing things the hard way? Why don’t they have this? Why don’t they do that?” Today we highlight another crazy “boots on the ground” story that spawned yet another gringo business idea, or two…

 

#7- Setting up your Solar Energy System in Latin America- PART 7:

Today we discuss the art of buying solar components from local solar supply outfits and installers, versus ordering complete DIY kits and systems directly from US and China.       

 

#8- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 

#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.

 

#10- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check out:www.thenewexpat.com   

June 7, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #863-FRI, JUNE 07 (06-07-2019):

 

#1- The crimes, lies and frauds of USAID (US Agency for International Development):

The truth about USAID, that ubiquitous, so-called humanitarian aid organization that has been working in 150 foreign countries as a cover for US alphabet agencies. Today you’ll see the extent of that agency's malignant Washington-based tentacles. Is it any wonder USAID is the 2nd largest humanitarian aid agency in existence, funded to the tune of $32 billion a year?

 

#2- Sign up is open for Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”:

The week-long event will be in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#3- Today a US Air-force lieutenant gives us an email wake-up call with his “boots on the ground” account of the US military bases throughout Latin America:

Our lieutenant was personally stationed for a year in Honduras, Central America on a US base staffed with 500 US soldiers and 500 auxiliary civilian contractors. The base in question is called Soto Cano, and has been mobilized to carry out various “operations” since 1984.

 

#4- What’s up with the thousands of Latino soldiers training IN THE USA on your dime?

Isn’t it odd that practically every Latin military officer I’ve ever met (lieutenant, captain, coronel, general, etc.,) has spent at least some time training at a US military base in the states? How is that possible, what’s up with that?

 

#5- Does Scientology have a footing in Latin America?
Would Tom Cruise and JohnTravolta have a place to park their egos and party?  

 

#6- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 

#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.

 

#11- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check out:www.thenewexpat.com  

June 3, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #862-SUN, JUNE 02 (06-02-2019):

 

#1- More dirt about the underbelly of Mexico that you really need to know- Part 2:

Many gringos and expats hanging and living in ever more gringoized areas in Mexico say they love it. Yes, it may be just swell now, for you but for how long? If Mexico is your Plan B, the question you have to ask is, “What will Mexico’s near future be like? Are things getting better there or worse?” Problem is, the Narco life is but a stone’s throw away from those nice, protected, gringoized Mexican towns. The reality is that the Narcos own Mexico, including the army, the cops and the government. It’s worse than you think. That said, how’s your “Plan C” coming?   

 

#2- English language newspapers and magazines in Latin America :

When in Latin America, anywhere there are gringos and tourists there will be English language newspapers and magazines. However the news stories in the local Spanish language newspapers will be more frank than the news section in the local English language version(s). Meanwhile gringos will get the watered own version in English for the sake of preserving the tourist trade.

 

#3- They say God protects babies, drunks, grandmas and backpackers:

Today’s “boots on the ground” story…

 

#4- Sign up is open for Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”:

The week-long event will be in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#5- Crimes against Gringos and Expats:

How much of a target are you?

 

#6- Those darn military checkpoints- should you be concerned?

 

#7- Anarchapulco- the good the bad and the ugly:

The truth no one will tell you about Acapulco, and the yearly Anarchapulco event.

 

#8- 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 www.theexpatfiles.com/academy 

 

#9- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 

#10- 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.

 

#11- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check out: www.thenewexpat.com   

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