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

November 4, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #804- SUN, NOV 04 (11-04-2018): 

#1- GMO’s, organic produce, gluten free, etc., Part 2:

Eating healthy in Latin America…or not. A trip through a high-end neighborhood Latin American supermarket. 

#2- Announcing Johnny Mueller’s January 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”: It will take place from Saturday, January 5th through Friday January 11th. For info and early-bird signup details visitwww.TheNewExpat.com and click on the Seminar link 

#3- More “Crazy Rich Latin” boots on the ground stories.

Today we see what happens to certain Latinos who have more money than brains 

#4- Hitting a person in a traffic accident and sending him or her to the hospital (or cemetery):

The consequences and possibilities when a gringo or expat is involved in such episodes

#5- Reasons 4536 through 4585, why Mexico is not a very good expat “Plan B” destination  

#6- 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  

#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 it all out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

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November 2, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #803- FRI, NOV 02 (11-02-2018): 

#1- When Gringos and Expats commit Tax crimes and Misdemeanors in Latin America:

What happens if and when a Gringo gets caught committing tax fraud or tax evasion in a Latin America country?  

 #2- Announcing Johnny Mueller’s January 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”: It will take place from Saturday, January 4th through Friday January 11th. For info and early-bird signup details visitwww.TheNewExpat.com and click on the Seminar link 

#3- Tips on how to avoid a terrible “Catch 22” tax problem that Expats and Gringos don’t ever want to get caught up in..

If you are starting off your “Plan B” from a state that taxes income like California or New York, beware of this hidden problem ..  

#4- The Venezuelan “problem” is having many strange secondary effects:

One being for example, that Latin Cupid and Match type dating sites are now simply clogged with Venezuelan women looking for some kind of lifeline from practically anyone outside of their own country who can help them potentially escape.    

#5- TSA and airport border shakedowns on steroids:

Today we have a breakdown of the newest crazy TSA and airport guidelines that include forcing travelers in many first-world countries to give up their device passwords under penalty of heavy fines and/or device confiscation, with over 30,000 devices scanned and examined at US airports in 2017. 

#6- 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  

#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 it all out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

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October 28, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #802- SUN, OCT 28 (10-28-2018): 

#1- In Latin America, any and all prescription drugs are available with no NO prescription! The big conundrum: Since you never really need a prescription for any drug at a Latin drugstore, how come the whole dam population isn’t glassy-eyed and walking around in a stupor? 

#2- Announcing Johnny Mueller’s January 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”: It will take place from Saturday, January 4th through Friday January 11th. For info and early-bird signup details visitwww.TheNewExpat.com and click on the Seminar link

 #3- When Gringos and Expats get bad advice. 

#4- The trouble with lawyers and the very new breed of Latin American ambulance chasers 

#5- Gringas chime in on the Latin “mating and dating” scene 

#6- When Gringos “scam” Gringos: Part 2 

#7- There’s no fluoride in the water but look out!! Crazy enough, you’ll find these lunk-heads add it to about 30% of the table salt.. duh? 

#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- 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 it all out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

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October 26, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #801- FRI, OCT 26 (10-26-2018):

#1- A new Canadian expat critiques Johnny’s latest “Expat Insider Seminar”, today giving us an unsolicited email describing his personal good, bad and the ugly experiences..

#2- Announcing Johnny Mueller’s January 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”: It will take place from Saturday, January 4th through Friday January 11th. For info and early-bird signup details visitwww.TheNewExpat.com and click on the Seminar link 

#3- TEN tips on how present and future Canadian expats can avoid the long, long reach of the Canadian Tax and Revenue jerks 

#4- Notes on obtaining an International Driver’s license and how to use it in Latin America  

#5- Here’s what can happen when stressed out Expat Gringo drivers have that inevitable encounter with a Latin cop or two…. 

#6- Here’s what happens when up-scale Latinos try copying the latest gringo fads:

One of the latest copy-cat fashion fads for upscale Latinos is the “eat healthy like a gringo” fad. So-called “healthy food” sections are popping up in upscale Latin mall supermarkets and districts throughout all touting sea salt, stevia, “gluten free” and non GMO products… some even have a stock of “free range” beef and chicken. But the truth is, the whole concept is more than ironic, and here’s why…  

#6- 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  

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

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October 21, 2018  

1- This is show #800- and bit of a small milestone. 

#2- Announcing Johnny Mueller’s January 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”: It will take place from Saturday, January 4th through Friday January 11th. For info and early-bird signup details visit www.TheNewExpat.com and click on the Seminar link 

#3- Its true that Latin parents often name their kids after famous gringo personages: But sometimes those good intentions can go sour and the kid that has to suffer the consequences…     

#4- Bitcoin Dan speaks! Though this time not about bitcoin or cryptos! 

#5- Have you encountered the  proverbial Spanish language wall yet?

Did you ever wonder how long it really takes to finally break through that so-called invisible Spanish language wall? Yes, there is said to be a kind of virtual wall that most gringos with bad Spanish eventually bump up against… and most can’t seem to get past. One of the giveaways that you've got your nose is up against it, is when you get stuck into the monotonous mode of speaking Spanish in PRESENT tense only. And though present tense is enough to get your point across, its never enough to have a real give and take conversation with a native Spanish speaker.    

#6- 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  

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

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October 19, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #799 FRI, OCT 19 (10-19-2018): 

#1- Announcing Johnny Mueller’s January 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”:

It will take place from Saturday, January 4th through Friday January 11th. For info and early-bird signup details visit www.TheNewExpat.com and click on the Seminar link

#2- North American Gringa ladies strike back at the men who frequent the Latina mating dating and cupid sites:

Just as predicted, after running a few shows discussing those ever popular Latin mating and dating sites, it ruffled feathers and generated plenty of controversy and push-back. But there's more! So sit back, listen and laugh, if you can...     

#3- A young Latina takes issue with gringo backpackers and gives them all a piece of her mind. It's fun to listen to but it ain’t pretty. I’m sure you’ve never quite heard this kind of take on gringos before.

#4- Gringo and Gringa Expat Lonely Hearts Dating Sites, Part 5  

Today we have more clues, tips and cautions for Americans who troll the Latin mating and dating sites.  

#5- More Red Flags that one should heed when perusing those Latina dating sites: 

#6- 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  

#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 it all out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

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October 12, 2018  

#1- Announcing Johnny Mueller’s January 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar”:

It will take place from Saturday, January 4th through Friday January 11th.

 

For info and early-bird signup details visit www.TheNewExpat.com and click on the Seminar link

#2- Gringo and Gringa Expat Lonely Hearts Internet Dating Sites, Part 4  

Today we have more clues tips and cautions for American men who troll the Latin mating and dating sites.

 #3 How NOT to get scammed and your heart raked over tender coals on Latin dating match and cupid sites. Yes, it’s risky. Yes there are bad girls out there who have their sites set on clueless gringos. But there areaslo many Latinas on thise sites with hearts of gold and  in today's show you will know bit more on how to tell the difference.   

 #4- Red Flags on the Latina dating sites gringos can miss completely: There are obvious and NOT so obvious red flags to be aware of when chatting with Latinas on the internet dating sites. American men rarely spot these red flags because they are trusting and want to believe what the ladies write on their internet mating/dating profiles. American men rarely see clearly and think 100% logically when chatting with beautiful Latin ladies. Somehow their BS detectors get temporarily disabled.

Why? #1-men tend to cut beautiful ladies a lot of slack, #2-few American men speak Spanish and things can get lost in translation, #3- American men often chalk up what otherwise might be construed as BS, lies and inconsistencies to cultural differences.        

#5- 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  

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

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October 7, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #797 SUN, OCT 07 (10-07-2018): 

#1- What you need to know about Gringo Lonely Hearts Dating Sites: Part 3  

Today you’ll hear some sordid tales of how clueless lovelorn gringos get endlessly scammed and their hearts raked over tender coals on those Latin dating match and cupid sites. Who is at fault? It’s the gringo of course. You really can’t lay the blame on the Latina. She’s only trying to get a leg up. Even the Latina scammers and liars (at least a third of them on the dating sites) are not exactly physically grabbing at your wallet. The guy has to be a willing participant. As long as you realize that nearly all of the ladies (like you) are on that site because of failed, sometimes terrible and even destructive relationships, and as long as you realize 100% of these ladies carry a fair amount of baggage- with some carrying an excruciating amount… as long as there is full baggage disclosure from both sides early on, things often can work out. But bigger problems remain. As one experienced gringo veteran of the match/cupid sites points out… it’s a minefield and the ladies have learned to reveal their baggage in little drips, not dollops which is how many gringos get sucked in and live to regret it.                     

#2- Ecuador’s love hate relationship with WikiLeaks’s Julian Assange:

He has just issued a stark warning to all, that has not been covered by in mainstream media (what else is new). Yet more reasons why you have to get going on that “Plan B” and get the hell out of Dodge while you still can.

#3- 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 

#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 it all out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

 

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October 5, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #796 FRI, OCT 05 (10-05-2018):

#1- Gringo and Gringa / Expat Lonely Hearts

Today the ladies have their chance to speak out on the subject of love, lust romance, mating, dating and cross-cultural relationships.

#2- The devil is in the details: Some stark examples why it’s true that the more Latinos try to be 1st world, the more 3rd world they actually remain. Its the subject of today's "boots on the ground" story 

#3-Why is it that even dim-bulb gringos have created many successful Latin businesses? It’s the mystery of the ages… or is it?

 #4- Venezuelans are leaving their homeland by the millions. At first the rest of Latin America welcomed them with open arms. But now that it’s obvious they ain’t going back any time soon, there’s friction, push-back, even violence against them from the locals in their new adopted Latin countries. Worse yet, Latin employers have found that because Venezuelans are broke and desperate to survive and make money to send to relatives back home, they are easily manipulated and taken advantage of… (Sound familiar?)   

#5- 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 

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

 

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September 28, 2018  

 #1-What happens when Gringos and Expats try do to everything themselves with no outside help?

What can go wrong? Practically everything and/or practically nothing! Yes some come down and try to do it all themselves. Mostly because they don’t want to pay a lawyer (even though they are ridiculously cheap). DYI attempts are a common theme for backpackers, cheapskates and adventurous chance-takers. People with a lot more time than money will attempt to get bank accts, driver’s licenses, internet and utility hookups, even temporary and permanent residency. Yes it can be done, but with much perseverance, wasted time, endless line-standing, hand wringing, wheel spinning and false starts. That's why it’s the topic of today’s “boots on the ground” story.

 

 #2- More and more US military vets are choosing to live permanently in Latin America. 

I wonder why? Most of them have served around the world and have seen and heard many things we haven't. Obviously they know something the rest of the US citizen lemmings don’t or they would had stayed in Cleveland.

#3-Gringo / Expat Lonely Hearts Club Pilgrimages - PART 2

Gringos, mostly first-world losers in the love and romance department, have discovered the plethora of Latin American cupid and dating sites. It usually goes down like this.. the gringo guy first hooks up online then make one or more visits down to connect with the online “sweetheart or sweethearts" … only to find most online girls are not exactly the same free-spirited sweethearts they had been chatting with. They soon find out that most all of these Latinas come with a whole lotta baggage. But gringos have their share of first world excessive baggage too. Yes, love is a battlefield and many gringos get their purple hearts here on foreign Latin soil. But all is not lost.... 

#4- 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 

 #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 it all out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

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