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The Expat Files: Living in Latin America

The Ex-Pat Files with John Mueller
The Expat Files: Living in Latin America

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A guide to moving to Latin America, finding work, and settling in.

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Society & Culture

Episodes

EXPAT FILES - 04.03.20

Apr 3, 2020 28:00

Description:

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #943 FRI, APR 03 (04-03-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE PERMANENT NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The previous sites have been hacked so please visit www.ExpatPlanB.com for announcements, upcoming seminar details and special reports.  

#1- BITCOIN and CRYPTOCURRENCIES in the age of crisis: What you need to know, along with tips concerning what you should and should NOT do   #2- Corona virus Latin American update:
Curfews and quarantines, what the mainstream media is not telling you

#3- What about Gold/Silver buying, selling, holding and metals transporting in Latin America:

#4- Guns, ammo and permits to own firearms in Latin America:

#5- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":

The new edition for 2020 (and beyond) is available now, 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.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

EXPAT FILES - 03.29.20

Mar 29, 2020 28:00

Description:

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #942 SUN, MAR 29 (03-29-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE PERMANENT NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The previous sites have been hacked so please visit www.ExpatPlanB.com for announcements, upcoming seminar details and special reports. 

  #1- If you have Permanent Residency status in Costa Rica you must PAY ATTENTION TO THIS!
Costa Rica has just announced it will invalidate your permanent residency if you leave the country for any reason… The question is, will other Latin countries follow suit?
  #2- Corona virus Latin American update:
The unspoken truth about using masks and gloves

#3- How the corona virus will change Hollywood movies forever:

#4- The IMF admits Ecuador is insolvent and bankrupt: Huge loan payments are due this week and Ecuador is in no position to pay them back.    #5- Reason # 2456 why we should never believe what the government is telling us: The govt worsens every situation it gets involved in and the corona virus problem is no exception

#6- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":

The new edition for 2020 (and beyond) is available now, 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.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

EXPAT FILES - 03.27.20

Mar 27, 2020 28:00

Description:

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #941 FRI, MAR 27 (03-27-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE PERMANENT NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The previous sites have been hacked so please visit www.ExpatPlanB.com for announcements, upcoming seminar details and special reports.  

#1- Corona virus Latin American update:
Some Latin countries are going overboard on the rules and regs while others remain rather lax and indecisive. The key thing to remember is that Latin Governments love to copy cat and pass the same laws the USA does- with only about 10% of the enforcement capabilities (and that’s a good thing)
  #2- "Plan B" Procrastinator Alert and Reality check!
Yes, the bubble has burst and life as we know it has changed. Yet we all were warned over and over again the titanic was sinking. The question is "Might it be too late to get started on a “Plan B”?
  #3- The FED’s massive money printing will fix everything (insert bubbling bong noise here): Yeah right! HA, HA, HA!!!!
  #4- The Corona virus secondary effects no one is talking about: Get ready for a truly massive round of lawsuits:   #5- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
The new edition for 2020 (and beyond) is available now, 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.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

EXPAT FILES - 03.22.20

Mar 24, 2020 28:00

Description:

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #940 SUN, MAR 22 (03-22-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE PERMANENT NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The previous sites have been hacked so please visit www.ExpatPlanB.com for announcements, upcoming seminar details and special reports.  

#1- What the mass media isn’t telling us about Cuba:

#2- All over Latin America, you’ll hear the locals use the term “es en los manos de dios”:
Latinos toss it around quite a bit but ever so more frequently in these times of crisis. It means, “It’s in God’s hands”. Latinos often blurt it out when things aren’t going well and someone asks why it’s so. On the other hand, when things are going fine and well, Latinos don’t invoke God all that much..   #3- A Venezuelan sets the record straight on fake news and misinformation:
Today’s first “boots on the ground” story   #4-Latino Millennials and their views on socialism:
What certain liberal Gringos like to call “democratic socialism” these days is not looked upon favorably by Latino millennials or their parents. Their reasons and opinions will surprise you.   #5- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
The new edition for 2020 (and beyond) is available now, 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.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

EXPAT FILES - 03.20.20

Mar 20, 2020 28:00

Description:

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #939 FRI, MAR 20 (03-20-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE PERMANENT NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The previous sites have been hacked so please visit www.ExpatPlanB.com for announcements, upcoming seminar details and special reports.  

#1- A “boots on the ground” trip to Costco in the time of the corona virus:
What’s the situation? Are there shortages? Is there panic about the virus or are things chugging along as usual?
  #2- An educated 1st generation Colombian woman’s take on social media, love and romance and her observations and complaints concerning the “south of the border” Latino invasion coming from Mexico and Central America:
Her honest take on this stuff and more will certainly surprise the hell out of you!!!   #3- The plight of procrastinating expat gonnabees and wanabees as the “greater” depression get underway:
Can they still get their “Plan B” going or is it already too late?

#4-Divorce Latin style, and how social media has altered the appearance of so called love matches and romantic relationships:

#5- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
The new edition for 2020 (and beyond) is available now, 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.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

EXPAT FILES - 03.15.20

Mar 15, 2020 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #938 SUN, MAR 15 (03-15-2020):

TAKE NOTE OF JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE PERMANENT NAME CHANGE:

My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The previous sites have been hacked so please visit www.ExpatPlanB.com for announcements, upcoming seminar details and special reports.   

#1- Media Lies and propaganda about the Cuban healthcare system revealed:
Today’s first “boots on the ground” report reveals a severe shortage of practically everything in Cuban hospitals. Patients must bring their own pillows, sheets, TP, food etc. However elite party members have theory own 1st world style, fully equipped, hospital in Havana. Meanwhile people on the street are now reporting that there have been no feminine hygiene products on Cuban shelves since November 2019. So then what are the ladies using….

#2- 11,000 Cuban doctors were recently sent back to Havana after their contracts to practice medicine were cancelled by Brazil’s president:This move has caused a chain of terrible economic events in Cuba and that has tipped the country into insolvency…

#3- Is the positive hype we keep hearing about Colombia all it’s cracked up to be?
Today we talk about the reality of a “Plan B” in Colombia with yet another surprising and revealing “boots on the ground” story...

#4- A Corona virus update for Latin America

#5- Be sure to pick up Johnny’s new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":

The new edition for 2020 (and beyond) is available now, including the latest "Stem Cell" info and data and top picks for the best treatment centers for expats and gringos. Just go to www.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

EXPAT FILES - 03.13.20

Mar 13, 2020 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #937 FRI, MAR 13 (03-13-2020):  

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE PERMANENT NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The previous sites have been hacked so please visit www.ExpatPlanB.com for announcements, upcoming seminar details and special reports.  

#1- setting up the best and most economical Utra-HD camera security system- PART 4:

#2- The last word on H20 purification at your house or on the road:
Forget about buying bottled H20. It ain't really all that pure. You can continuously make your own almost unlimited quantity for about $10 a year. Today we discuss questions about my own portable and under-counter H2O purifiers as well as how to set them up and use them...   #3- How to remove fluoride, heavy metals and glyphosate (evil Monsanto’s Roundup) in your H20 supply:
A quick and simple H2O home filter hack that will insure complete removal of said toxins
  #4- DYK that as of March 1st 2020, there are 1727 companies collecting your online data, your cloud storage, location and search preferences:
How to confuse those A-Holes and/or stop them in their tracks by using a VPN and a free anonymous search engine (like Startpage.com or DuckDuckGo). How to proceed anonymously and still get the results you’d expect from a regular google search.   #5- Wasp Nest and Bee Hive control:
Yes, here in Latin America you can expect they will build football sized cities both in around your house or apartment at certain times of the year- if you let them. So today we discuss how to safely manage and eliminate them... without too much stress and without getting stung       #6- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
The new edition for 2020 (and beyond) is available now, 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.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

EXPAT FILES - 03.08.20

Mar 8, 2020 28:00

Description:

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #936 SUN, MAR 08 (03-08-2020):  

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE PERMANENT NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

The new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The previous sites have been hacked so please visit www.ExpatPlanB.com for announcements, seminar details and special reports. 
  #1- Avoiding errors and other invaluable tips when setting up your home security system and cameras in Latin America(or anywhere)- PART 3:
How many security cameras do you need? What the hell are 4k cameras and why you need them. What's the difference between the two main security camera body styles (bullet and turret) and which is best and most practical for your application?    

#2- Is having a “Plan B” (or “C”) in Europe, specifically Portugal, a viable idea? After all, Portugal always shows up on the “usual suspect” top 10 retirement destinations:

#3- If you’ve ever had a custom tailored “made to order” suit, dress or tuxedo, it probably cost you a grand or more:
It’s very costly so few people in the states do it anymore. However, when living south of south of the border, one can have custom made and tailored items for not much more than the price of an everyday “off the rack” Sears or Walmart suit. Custom made cloths are the theme of today’s “boots on the ground “story.   #4- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
The new edition for 2020 (and beyond) is available now, 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.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

EXPAT FILES - 03.06.20

Mar 6, 2020 28:00

Description:

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #935 FRI, MAR 06 (03-06-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE PERMANENT NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The previous sites have been hacked so please visit www.ExpatPlanB.com for announcements, seminar details and special reports.  

#1- Latino Americans and the true extent of their incomplete educations:
Err….Not that Americans are much better   #2- Latino “Anchor babies” with US passports:
Today’s first crazy boots on the ground story
    #3- Another surreal visit to the US Embassy:
You can’t make this stuff up   #4- A conversation with Mr. “Ass-Crack Pants”:
The rise and fall of extremely bad fashion sense in Latin America   #5- A casual look at a very excellent non-PC “old school“ report card from the 1940’s:
It would surely get present-day schools sued and teachers fired if they went back to it now

#6- Tips in setting up the perfect home security system and camera setup when living in Latin America- PART 2:

#7- What you need to know about the many door to door salesmen and street peddlers 

#8- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":

The new edition for 2020 (and beyond) is available now, including the latest "Stem Cell" info and data and the top picks for the best treatment centers for expats and gringos. Just go to www.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

EXPAT FILES - 03.01.20

Mar 1, 2020 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #934 SUN, MAR 01 (03-01-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE PERMANENT NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The previous sites have been retired so please visit www.ExpatPlanB.com for announcements, seminar details and special reports. 
  #1- Street food and why you should avoid it:#2- Hygiene problems that persist in Latino kitchens   

#3- Montezuma’s revenge and amoebas:

#4- The problem with garbage collection and public trash bins:

#5- Security tips for gringos and expats who wish to live in the boonies, aka “the campo”:

#7- Living in the boonies and going back in time (that’s a good thing):

#8- The problem with Latin American National holidays:
Workers “on the books” have twice as many legal days off as Americans up in Milwaukee and Cleveland, but what about Latinos working “off the books”?

#9- What you need to know about the many door to door salesmen and street peddlers

#10- Taxes and tax loopholes in Latin America:
The truth about “reported income” versus “actual” income:

#12- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":

The new edition for 2020 (and beyond) is available now, 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.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

EXPAT FILES - 02.28.20

Feb 28, 2020 28:00

Description:

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #933 FRI, FEB 28 (02-28-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE PERMANENT NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!
My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The previous sites have been retired so please use www.ExpatPlanB.com from now on. 

#1- How Latinos embrace their incomplete education:

#2- Social media Latin style: you are what you post:
Latinos firmly believe that to get the absolute maximum “gringo wannabee” bragging rights they need to check 3 crucial things off their bucket list then post a thousand photos on the net.
  (1) Visit Disney World, (2) Shop in Miami, (3) Stand in real snow
  #3- Teaching English online from anywhere for 20+ bucks an hour:
The rules of the English teaching game are changing and today our resident expert Mr. B gives us the current dope    #4- Once you arrive, its dead easy to getting a Job at an English Teaching Academy.. but look out, they will deceive you!
  #5- When you arrive in Latin America you will be very busy but it will taper off:
Soon you will have an unusually large amount of time on your hands. Result being that you will need a hobby or two. Do you have one? If not, it could end up being booze and Cheetos
  #6- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":

The new edition for 2020 (and beyond) is available now, 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.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

EXPAT FILES - 02.23.20

Feb 23, 2020 28:00

Description:

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #932 SUN, FEB 23 (02-23-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE PERMANENT NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!
My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The previous ones have been retired so from now on please use www.ExpatPlanB.com.
  #1- Have you been hacked lately:
If so, it was probably not the Russians
  #2- Narcos and their relatives:
DYK the vast majority of Mexican Narcos recently interviewed and polled report that they wanted to kill their fathers? What’s up with that?   #3- Common law marriages are extremely common in Latin America:
What single folks in the dating game need to know about that phenomena
  #4- Expat Eddie rides again:
Today he checks in with another wild and crazy “boots on the ground” story, and this one’s kinds ugly…
  #5- WTF are Narco “Corridos”? Just one more thing about Latin America you’ll find a bit hard to believe..
  #6- Narco clothing and fashion lines are now a hugely popular trend in Mexico:
WTF’s wrong with the world?
  #7- The Spanish term for “white trash” is “basura blanca”:
Is there a so called “white trash” culture in Latin America? 
   
#8- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
The new edition for 2020 (and beyond) is available now, 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.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

EXPAT FILES - 02.21.20

Feb 20, 2020 28:00

Description:

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #931 FRI, FEB 21 (02-21-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE PERMANENT NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!
My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The old one www.theexpatfiles.com has been retired so from now on please use www.ExpatPlanB.com
  #1- Money confiscation at airports and borders- THE FACTS:
Yes, the FEDS, TSA, DEA and Homeland Security have been illegally confiscating cash from travelers at an accelerating pace (the USA is bankrupt, but you knew that already). Today we discuss what you really need to know before traveling the world with any substantial amounts of cash. You probably know that legally you must report if traveling with cash instruments over $10000, but technically (and legally) you can travel with much much more as long as you report it on the customs forms. However USA alphabet agencies do operate with impunity and will take your cash money. Its today's first "boots on the ground" story
  #2- HONESTY and Latin Americans:
Some gringos and expats think those two things are mutually exclusive… but the question is... compared to which other cultures? Gringos, Europeans? Today we discuss the results of a large international “Honesty Test”. The results are surprising..
  #3- How to use that great Latin American Craigslist site called “www.OLX.com” to buy and sell stuff in Latin America:
Wherever you happen to be on your “Plan B”… http://www.OLX.com is a site you must be aware of. Today we have some great tips as well as certain red flags that to keep an eye out for while using it.
  #4- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
It's the new edition 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.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

EXPAT FILES - 02.16.20

Feb 17, 2020 28:00

Description:

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #930 SUN, FEB 16 (02-16-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE PERMANENT NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The old one www.theexpatfiles.com has been retired so from now on please use www.ExpatPlanB.com

#1- Tips when installing Solar Panels in Latin America:
How NOT to install solar panels! Don’t make these terrible flat roof mistakes!

 #2- Operating a brick and mortar business in Latin America:  What the locals won’t tell you!

 #3- Happiness Lost:
Can you guess the FOUR Latin American countries that just dropped 10% on the famous “Happiness Factor” scale?
Yes, the local folks in these four countries have been disillusioned lately and are feeling less friendly. Here’s why…
  #4- Smuggling exotic and endangered animals:
There’s big money in animal smuggling and you’d be amazed at how the professionals do it these days. Not only is their main market not where you think, I bet you can’t guess which animals are the most trafficked and which species are in most demand   You can’t avoid getting squeegeed cuz they’re on every busy corner
  #6- Haters and fame: Podcast fame always attracts armchair haters with fake facts, news sites. The fact is, you know you’re popular when you have haters. They come with the territory.   #5- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
It's the new edition 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.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

EXPAT FILES - 02.14.20

Feb 14, 2020 28:00

Description:

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #929 FRI, FEB 14 (02-14-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE PERMANENT NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The old one www.theexpatfiles.com has been retired so from now on please use www.ExpatPlanB.com

#1- The Corona virus in Latin America:
Has it arrived or not? Should you be worried?

#2- My bad attitude and why I hate politicians and politics of all stripes:

#3- What happensd when failed, disgruntled and enlightened Preppers get a Plan B:   #4- When Gringos and Expats in business face extortion:
It’s easy to avoid bad guys and extortion attempts. Today you’ll find out how and you’ll also hear about a few “boots on the ground” extortion stories  
  #5- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
It's the new edition 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.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

   

EXPAT FILES - 02.09.20

Feb 9, 2020 28:00

Description:

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #928 SUN, FEB 09 (02-09-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE PERMANENT NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The old one www.theexpatfiles.com has been retired so from now on please use www.ExpatPlanB.com

#1- Latin Funny money currencies and what you need to know about using and converting them

#2- Why and how certain Latin Countries switched over to the US dollar:
In the last few decades FOUR Latin countries have done it so far. How did it happen? How was it done? Has it been a success or failure? Is it good or bad for Gringos and Expats? What do the locals think about it? Will they ever switch back? Isn't having a national currency a matter of sovereignty?

#3- Cucaracha infestations in the home and how to stop them cold

#4- Today we feature some common Latino slang words designating private body parts often misinterpreted and misused by gringos and expats and/or completely lost in translation:  

#5- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":

It's the new edition 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.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

   

EXPAT FILES - 02.07.20

Feb 7, 2020 28:00

Description:

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #927 FRI, FEB 07 (02-07-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!
  My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The old one www.theexpatfiles.com has been retired, so from now on please use www.ExpatPlanB.com

#1- Your chances of car or motorcycle theft (if you own one) in Latin America

#2- What you need to know about LED light-bulbs and their rumored negative health effects and toxicity:
Should you worry? Are they safe, or should you revert back to incandescent or even those ugly fluorescent bulbs?

#3- Latinas and their hair extension madness:

#4- Protecting your Latin American home and/or office from the bad guys:
DYI tips on setting up surveillance cameras  
  #5- The general state of self-esteem in Latin America and why 95% of Latinos appear to be gringo wannabees:
Think about it, and consider how you’d feel if every day of your life you were reminded of the fact that that you grew up in, and are a product of the 3rd world.

#6- The truth about car insurance in Latin America and why adding full coverage collision may not be worth the extra dough

#8- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
It's the new edition 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.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

EXPAT FILES - 02.02.20

Feb 2, 2020 28:00

Description:

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #926 SUN, FEB 02 (02-02-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The old one www.theexpatfiles.com has been retired so from now on please use www.ExpatPlanB.com

#1- When gringos and expats get scammed or screwed over its almost always because they are too trusting:

Yes it’s even happened to me!

#2- Water, humidity and Moisture problems you will encounter in you Latin American home and how to deal with them effectively

#3- Guarantees, Warranties and other Latin American fibs and lies:

#4- Tips on living in the “Altiplano”:
Ten things you really need to know..  

#5- THREE million more reasons why you should NEVER sign up to be a client/patient in the National Healthcare system in your chosen Latin Country:

#6- Today I post a short list of stuff I take on every trip to make infinitely life easier

#7- Getting use to the fact that you will definitely have problems with your paint and varnish projects:
Today we discuss the proper guidelines on how to avoid disappointing results, failures and the usual complaints   #8- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
It's the new edition 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.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

EXPAT FILES - 01.31.20

Jan 31, 2020 28:00

Description:

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #925 FRI., JAN 31 (01-31-2020):

NOW AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!

My new website www.ExpatPlanB.com is under construction. The old one www.theexpatfiles.com has been retired so from now on please use www.ExpatPlanB.com.  

#1- What to consider before installing solar power in your Latin American home or getaway:

#2- Will you be shipping things from the states to your Latin Home or ordering from eBay, Amazon or other online store?
The word “Aduana” is Spanish for what Latinos call the import and customs departments. They are staffed by the usual suspects- fat assed government parasitic slugs who are out to gouge you and waste your time. Therefore it’s obvious that you want minimum dealings with them if at all possible. That said, long time gringos and expats know some straightforward (and backhanded) ways to minimize or avoid customs and import duties…    

 #3- Don’t fall into these common tricks and traps when using Miami freight forwarding services or it may cost you dearly:

 #4- Be sure to pick up my "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
It's the new edition 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.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

EXPAT FILES - 01.26.20

Jan 26, 2020 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #924 SUN- JAN 26 (01-26-2020):

#1- TEN things you need to know before selecting a Latin American Bank for your dollar and local funny-money account(s):
If you have a “Plan B” you will eventually need a Latin Bank account or two. And with each Latin country having a dozen or so banks (some being quite iffy…) today we discuss how to choose a solid bank for our purposes.

#2- Certain Latin banks offer US dollar CD’s that pay 5% yearly interest and have local funny money CD’s that pay 10%. Sound’s good… but should you bite?

#3- Lost in translation- PART 3: Is it “Tontos polticos” or Tontas politicos”.. or both? One phrase means “many” politicians, and one means “stupid” politicians. It would be nice if gringos and expats knew the difference (if there is one)…   

#4- Living with broke and bankrupt Latin governments (sound familiar?)

#5- Cell phone and internet insecurity in Latin America

#6- Russian hackers in Latin America: Ruskies have recently discovered- and are now exploiting- Latin America’s “Lag Time” effect as it applies to piss poor internet and cell phone security. Should gringos and expats be worried? In a word… YES! 
  #7- Be sure to pick up my "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
It's the new edition 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 American Healthcare Report”.   

#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.

EXPAT FILES - 01.24.20

Jan 24, 2020 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #923 FRI, JAN 24 (01-24-2020):

#1- Guns and Gringos in Latin America:
What you absolutely need to know about owning guns and ammo in Latin America. DYK that the laws in 4 out of the 20 Latin American countries make it nearly impossible for you to own a gun. However, in the 16 other Latin countries it’s a completely different story…         #2- The two largest countries in Latin America have some of the highest murder and gun crime rates in the world:
They also have some of the strictest gun laws. If you think Mexico has idiotic gun laws you haven’t studied what they are like in Brazil…

#3- Valuable lessons learned in Latin America concerning Guns and Ammo that North Americans deny or don’t want to hear about.

#4- Be sure to pick up my "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
It's been 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 American Healthcare Report”.

#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.

EXPAT FILES - 01.12.20

Jan 13, 2020 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #922 SUN, JAN 12 (01-12-2020):

#1- When Gringos commit crimes against other Gringos:
You’d be surprised how often it happens, especially when on the gringo tourist trail, and today we have all the dope  
  #2- Do Latinos feel the same about their day jobs as gringos do?
Polls say 27% of gringos hate their jobs and 67% tune out and just go through the motions like zombies. Its called “sleepworking”. Is it similar with working Latinos too? You’ll be surprised…
  #3- What you didn’t know about Latin American Factories and Sweatshops:   #4- Latinos working “on the books” don’t make much dough, but they do get TWO extra monthly salaries a year:
It’s one of the odd things you have to plan for if you have Latino employees, but that’s not all…there’s more..     #5- Should you put your Latino or Latina employees “on the books” and register them with the government or is it better to just pay them in cash?      #6- 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”.

#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.

EXPAT FILES - 01.10.20

Jan 10, 2020 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #921 FRI, JAN 10 (01-10-2020):

#1- What you really need to know about Socialized Medicine and “free” National Healthcare plans in Latin Countries:
Yes, most all Latin countries have National Healthcare programs.  In many countries gringos and expats are eligible. The question is, are they acceptable and good enough for our discriminating tastes? The fact is, internet blogs and rags like International Living promote certain of those plans to gringos and expat wanabees saying they are just fine and virtually free (what a deal!). But the truth is they ain’t free and they can offer decent services one month and terrible service the next. Presently, they are sometimes used as marketing tools (and gringo bait). Today we have the real dope on the subject…   #2- Bernie and AOC are dead set on copying the Canada and the UK National Health plans because certain reports give them good marks for success: Well, today we have a “boots on the ground” report from a British reporter (and mother) whose family uses the UK NHS system regularly. Today we get to see what first world socialized “National Healthcare” is really like..  and it generally sucks unless you are healthy and only need periodcheckups and labs.    
  #3- When the SHTF worldwide, what will happen to the people of Latin America?
In whatever manner the SHTF... be it ecologic, economic, blackout, internet or banking systems down, the fact is that the vast majority Latinos and Latinas will survive as they always have. Every Latino and Latina has what we’d call an intrinsic “Plan B” but somehow they don’t know it.   #4- When it comes to your own “Plan B”, is taking Social Security at 62 a good idea, or is it best to hold off till 70 and get the maximum payout?
Today we explore those ideas and offer the best solution.   #5- There’s no FDA in Latin America;
Is that a bad or a good thing? Well, it can be a negative if you don’t do your homework, but having no FDA also means you can get umbilical Stem Cells and other cutting edge hi- tech treatments in Latin America. Here’s the story…  

 #6- 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”.

#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.

EXPAT FILES 01.05.20

Jan 6, 2020 28:00

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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.    

EXPAT FILES 01.03.20

Jan 3, 2020 28:00

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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.

EXPAT FILES 12.29.19

Dec 29, 2019 28:00

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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.

EXPAT FILES 12.27.19

Dec 27, 2019 28:00

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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.

EXPAT FILES 12.22.19

Dec 23, 2019 28:00

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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.

 

EXPAT FILES 12.20.19

Dec 20, 2019 28:00

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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.

Expat Files - 12.15.19

Dec 16, 2019 28:00

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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.

Expat Files - 12.13.19

Dec 13, 2019 28:00

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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.

 

Expat Files - 12.08.19

Dec 7, 2019 28:00

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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.

Expat Files - 12.06.19

Dec 6, 2019 28:00

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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.

Expat Files - 12.01.19

Dec 1, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #910 SUN, DEC 01(12-01-2019):

#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 dangers of EMI (electromagnetic Interference) RFI (Radio Frequency Interference)at home and your workplace-PART 2:
In this, PART 2, we have an in depth discussion of EMI/RFI meters and recommendations of what you should know (but don’t) about various waves and fields caused by wi-fi routers, computers, cellphones, TVs, microwaves, cell towers and all smart devices. Today you’ll find out how to easily protect yourself from the grand worldwide EMF and 5G experiments we all are a part of. We are all Guinea pigs whether we know it or not, whether we like it or not. 
   #3- How to locate Natural and Homeopathic doctors and clinics: How to get the treatments and medicines, wherever you may be living or visiting in Latin America:
  #4- The pros and cons of trying for Latin Country Residency all by yourself:
Its todays “boots on the ground” story and generally NOT recommended unless your Spanish is very good, you have an infinite amount of patience and have much more time than money. Just know that it can be done, whereas 95% of the time the residency process is achieved by hiring a Latin Lawyer to hold your hand and guide you through the process.

#5- Winning (or losing) the “Cell Tower” lottery in Latin America:

#6- What’s up with those Trump asylum deals with Guatemala and other Central American countries?

#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.

 

Expat Files - 11.29.19

Nov 29, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #909 FRI, NOV 29 (11-29-2019):

#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”. To get in on the early-bird discounts just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com. 

#2- The dangers of EMI (electromagnetic Interference) RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) in your home and workplace-PART 1:
Questions come up and people ask me all the time about EMI/RFI meters.
You may be wondering what I use and recommend to check for dangerous levels of EMI and dirty electricity around the house and property. Well today I share my recommendations and discuss many things you should know (but don’t) about various waves and fields caused by wi-fi routers, computers, cellphones, TVs, microwaves, cell towers and all smart devices. It’s ironic that these days what you DON’T know can and will hurt you and in the long run can severely damage your health, that is, unless you take some of the positive steps I’ve outlined here in PART 1 of this series…
  #3- The truth about Venezuela brain drain, direct from the source, the diaspora:
I’m tired of the fake news coming out of the 1st world manipulated media regarding what’s happening in Venezuela. Today you will hear some actual stories from the mouths of Venezuelans who lost their homes, businesses and pretty much everything. You will see that the country is not crashing and burning because of clandestine US alphabet agency interference (though there was plenty of that and it was totally stupid and unnecessary) but the downfall and financial chaos came most exclusively from the purely socialist policies of private property expropriation and price controls. That said, if you still like socialism, Bernie and ACO after hearing this.. then you deserve what will happen to you and yours ...         

#4- My best water filter picks (and why) revisited:

#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.

Expat Files - 11.24.19

Nov 25, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #908 SUN, NOV 24 (11-24-2019):

#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”. To get in on the early-bird discounts just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com. 

#2- Those damn bank “know your customer laws” are on steroids in certain Latin countries (like Mexico)

#3- 10 things you must know in order to stay under the radar and keep a low profile in Latin America (with the help of your Latin lawyer)

#4- Did you know that under certain conditions your Latin bank can freeze your account and keep your dough forever?
Here are the simple ways to prevent that from ever occurring..

#5- What you need to know about using “snail mail” in Latin America

#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.

Expat Files - 11.22.19

Nov 22, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #907 FRI, NOV 22 (11-22-2019):

 #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”. To get in on the early-bird discounts just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com.    #2- Johnny’s 17 best Latin cities and towns report revisited:   #3- Ever wonder how the Latino 1% live?
It’s the subject of today’s first “boots on the ground” story
  #4- The present state of Latin infidelities:
It’s the subject of today’s second “boots on the ground” story

#5- Stem Cell treatments in Latin America- an update:

#6- Where have all the “crack babies”gone?

#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.

Expat Files - 11.17.19

Nov 17, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #906 SUN, NOV 17 (11-17-2019):

#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”. To get in on the early-bird discounts just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com.    #2- The Cryptocurrency market:
Today you get to hear my take on the crypto scene including picks, suggestions, tips and what’s going on here in Latin America regarding our nice, little, well developed and "in the know" Crypto scene.  
  #3- The Bolivia crisis:
Today you’ll get the real, non-fake news, serious and factual version of what’s been happening at the “boots on the ground” level. Hear what people are saying about Evo Morales on the streets, coffee shops and kitchens of Bolivia.

#4- Millennials and their problems in Latin America-PART 2

#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.

Expat Files - 11.15.19

Nov 15, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #905 FRI, NOV 15 (11-15-2019):

 

#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”. To get in on the early-bird discounts just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com. 

 

 #2- The unforgivable Sins of Google:

Realizing 95% of the unthinking masses of sheeple absolutely love Google and its auxiliary apps like Google translate, Chrome, maps and drive, and although people have come addicted to it like a drug, Google in no way exists as a benevolent friend eager help you. It is in fact as malignant and as evil as the US government itself. That’s why today, we'll give 101 very good reasons why you should drop Google like a hot turd and switch to one or more of the excellent alternatives.  

 

#3- How to take back your privacy by moving to Latin America:

Once your “Plan B” is initiated, you really do have a second chance at regaining a good measure of anonymity. So today we offer some tips on how to shrink your personal and internet footprint. 

 

#4- Using personal USD checks drawn on your US bank while in Latin America:

Hey, is that even possible? Well yes, sorta.....and here’s the dope on writing, receiving, processing and cashing USD personal checks way down in Latin America.

 

#5- Stem Cell treatments and therapies in Latin America revisited:

Today we have some late breaking dope on that fascinating subject.

 

#6- What’s a gringo supposed to do when his chosen Latin country arbitrarily changes the residency requirements in midstream?

Yes it happens. The changes are unpredictable, unannounced and usually a pain in the ass and there’s almost nothing you or your Latin lawyer can do about it. As for the procrastinators out there who continually whine about it, don’t forget I told ya so. In fact I’ve been harping about starting on that "Plan B" for something like 9 years now…. hmmm.. 

 

#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.

Expat Files - 11.10.19

Nov 10, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #904 SUN, NOV 10 (11-10-2019):

#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”. To get in on the early-bird discounts just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com.    #2- Latin Love, Romance, Dating and Mating:
Do Gringo/Latina and Gringa/Latino relationships really last? Will the conversation stall? What can you talk about with a Latin guy or gal that doesn’t speak English? Well, today we hit on the important things you really need to know about when dating a local guy or gal in Latin America
  #3- Lost in Translation:
Some really crazy things can happens when certain key words and phrases are misinterpreted. You’ll see how and why in today’s first “boots on the ground“ story
  #4- The downside of the Latin “Lag time Effect”:
Normally the Latin “lag time effect” is an extremely good for gringos. Its one of the reasons we excel in business and other endeavors. But there are a few downsides and unintended consequences you should be aware of …
  #5- How American Movie and TV subtitles are having the negative effect of slowly “dubbing” (dumbing) down Latin Americans:
  #6- A step by step guide on how to bribe bureaucrats at the Venezuelan embassy:
Today you’ll hear what happened when Johnny accompanied a beautiful Venezuelan lady as she attempted to get a replacement passport at the Venezuelan embassy in Panama. It’s an amazing and surreal "boots on the ground" story of the kind no one could possibly make up.

#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.

 

Expat Files - 11.08.19

Nov 8, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #903 FRI, NOV 08 (11-08-2019):

#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”. To get in on the early-bird discounts just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com. 

#2- Racism and Class-ism in Latin America- PART 3 

#3- The unspoken truth about living on or near the gringo tourist trail:

#4- Gringo whiners and complainers:
Do they, or don’t they, need to be slapped….
#5- Some little known facts about the H2O supply in Latin America:

#6- What you need to know about food contamination in Latin America:

#7- Are you curious about what I use for my solar power backup?
Today you’ll hear more about my “PORTABLE” solar setup.

#8- What in the hell is a gringo “fix” and will you need one?

#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.

Expat Files - 11.03.19

Nov 3, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #902 SUN, NOV 03 (11-03-2019):

#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”. To get in on the early-bird discounts just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com. 

#2- Millennials with a “Plan B”:

Yes, some millennials are motivated enough to get out of Dodge and are working on it. No, not all millenials are addicted to social media… and they’re not all living in their mother’s basements. Some of them actually do look up once in a while from their smartphones to see the ominous things coming up for the USA and thus some are working on getting out of Dodge… that is, as long as the "new" Dodge has smartphones, Netflix, Starbucks and hi-speed internet (well..of course it does).

#3-The truth about buying Votes- PART 2

#4- The trouble with the many whiney, entitled kids who come down to Latin America with their Baby Boomer parents:

What actually happens to them when they arrive in Latin America with their over-indulgent Boomer parents? Will they like it here or continue to whine? Will they adjust and survive or will they whine so much that they eventually go back to Cleveland to their snot-nosed, social media addicted friends? And will they go back with or without their parents?

#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.

 

Expat Files - 11.01.19

Nov 1, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #901 FRI, NOV 01 (11-01-2019):

#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”. To get in on the early-bird discounts just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com. 

#2- Expat Eddie Rides Again:

After an extended absence, our expat anti-hero (and self-made millionaire) Expat Eddie returns with another amazing “boots on the ground” adventure of the kind you might think that can only happen to him. But remember, Eddie’s way off the gringo tourist trail and this is Latin America, so if something it happens to him it just might happen to you too…so pay attention… 

#3-Latin women and the way they dress:

Many American ladies (Gringas) comment that when Latinas dress up, they really pour it on… often way too sexy and provocative, even scandalous for Gringa sensibilities. Stateside ladies say that what Latinas get away in Latin America that would be called “slutty” in the states. I hear comments of that type all the time. Meanwhile, Latinas say just the opposite- that gringas are jealous and hate the completion… and man is the competition tough!!      

#4- The ubiquitous Latin “Jealousy” gene- PART 3:

In the states, jealousy is considered a maladaptive affliction that needs to be managed. Meanwhile down in Latin America, jealousy is directly equated with love. It’s a conundrum that begs the question, who’s got it right?

 #5- What’s up with the fact that Latinos can rarely guess a gringo’s real age and vice versa?

How can it be that both Latinas and Latinos can frequently often underguess your age by 10 or even 20 years?

#6- Is the girl next door at the Chicken bus stop a Senorita or Senora?

Today you’ll learn a few things you really need to know about those particular, somewhat sticky, designations..

#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.

Expat Files - 10.27.19

Oct 28, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #900 SUN, OCT 27 (10-27-2019):

#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”. To get in on the early-bird discounts just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com. 

#2- Vegans and Vegetarians in Latin America :

It’s a ridiculously easy lifestyle to pull off. Meanwhile, the all American junk food diet is alive and well in Latin America, if killing yourself one swallow at  a time is your thing.. 

#3-The ever snowballing Gringo “Wannabee” effect:

Why do you think the Retard-assians, Botox, Disney and sushi restaurants are so popular …   

#4- Things the first world press aren’t telling you about Venezuela:
Venezuela is not as far from Cleveland as you think..

#5- What you don't know about municipal and city water supplies in Latin America could hurt you:

#6- When a Latinos of one country dislike Latinos from another country:

It’s a fact that Latinos are jealous and envious of their neighbors. Latinos from one country often harbor a dislike and envy for their Latino neighbors. Just like US citizens stereotype people from other states and countries, Latinos do it too.. even more so.

#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.

Expat Files - 10.25.19

Oct 23, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #899 FRI, OCT 25 (10-25-2019):

#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”. To get in on the early-bird discounts just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and click on the seminar link, or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com. 

#1- The Naked Truth about Latin Strip Clubs: What everyone wants to know (well… maybe not everyone but most people…)
  #2- Infidelity on Steroids: Five kids, Five wives
Macho guys in Latin America is the subject of today’s “boots on the ground” story, and it will shock you  
  #3-Addicted to Subsidies:
How a 5 cent fare increase in the bus or subway will unhinge the sweaty masses and send a country into chaos..     #4- Why I hate Google: Reason #3425   #5- Everything grows in Latin America except YELLOW lemons:
Why are there are a half dozen varieties of lemons south of the border, yet none are the typical yellow ones we know so well (except at Walmart)
  #6-Doctors and other minor gods:
Doctor/Patient “face time” and cordial bedside manner has become a lost art up in the states, but somehow remains alive and well in Latin America. How’d that happen?

#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.

 

Expat Files - 10.20.19

Oct 20, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #896 SUN, OCT 20 (10-20-2019):

#1- Announcing that 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. To get in on the early-bird discounts just go to www.theexpatfiles.com and check out the complete info and itinerary or email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com. Join me on my January 2020 adventure to get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B” (providing the world doesn’t implode by then!)

#2-Ten tips for using Propane Gas in refillable tanks, and why all gringos and expats should be using propane:

Because electricity is expensive in Latin America, you’ll probably buy propane gas in refillable tanks and use it for your stove and oven, hot water heater and gas clothes dryer.

#3- Those Amazing Stem Cell treatments in Latin America: PART 3

#4- Buying a used car in Latin America:

Five sure signs that the car you’re looking to buy is a lemon and how to spot a good one. 

#5- Shipping stuff down to Latin America the fastest, easiest and cheapest ways

#6-What you need to know about rooftop solar Hot Water heaters in Latin America:

Yes, you should definitely own one but…

#7- Reggaton revisited:

It’s everywhere, and sure it’s an insult to real music and to the ears, so then how should a gringo or expat deal with it without insulting the locals?    

#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.

Expat Files - 10.18.19

Oct 18, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #897 FRI, OCT 18 (10-18-2019):

#1- Announcing that 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. To get on the early-bird sign up list just email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com. Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B” (providing the world doesn’t implode by then!)

#2- Some thoughts on clueless Americans without a “Plan B”:

If there is a God, he must love clueless people. It must be true because she made so many of them. On that note, today we have an “Expat Insider Seminar” repeat offender (a career seasoned corrections officer) sounding off about why it’s absolutely necessary to get out of Dodge now. 

#3- What you need to know about Bolivia:

Explaining why it’s a nice place to visit, though not recommended it for a permanent “Plan B” destination.

#4- Another dirty little “Big Pharma” secret revealed;

There are over 60 blood plasma collection stations at the US/Mexican border, each paying thousands of poor Mexicans 20 bucks a week for their plasma. Today we have the dope on that miserable situation… 

#5-What you need to know about hiring Latino and Latina employees:

When job prospects arrive at your interview bearing letters and references, don’t take the written word at face value. Everyone has good references from previous employers, so do bad and dishonest workers too. Today we talk about the how and why..

#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.

 

Expat Files - 10.13.19

Oct 13, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #896 SUN, OCT 13 (10-13-2019):

#1- Announcing that 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. To get on the early-bird sign up list just email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com. Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B” (providing the world doesn’t implode by then!)

#2- Tips for gringos and expats into exercise and fitness who may be visiting or living in Latin America

#3- 5G in Latin America and how to protect yourself from dirty EMF around the house- PART 2

#4- The day Latin Voters finally got pissed enough to enact revenge:
Today we discuss what one Mexican town did to their mayor and chief political scumbag. It was illegal as hell, but nothing short of astonishing.

#5-Tales of the Avocado Mafia:

A story that’s so strange you just might not believe it!

#6- The hidden health effects of living in Latin America:

Today’s “boots on the ground” story

#7- The embarrassing obviousness of Gringo “wananbees” and how to spot (and avoid) them

#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.

Expat Files - 10.11.19

Oct 11, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #895 FRI, OCT 11 (10-11-2019):

#1- Announcing 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. To get on the early-bird sign up list just email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com.  Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B” (providing the world doesn’t implode by then!)

 #2- Meanwhile, throughout Latin America, cultural differences will prevail:

Though Spanish is spoken in all 20 Latin countries certain obvious social and cultural differences stand out. For example, can you guess which Latin country citizens are the loudest and most raucous… and which country or countries have the most low key, calm and introverted populations?

#3- Today we have the blueprint for how Latin Governments keep ruining their economies:

Basically, the Latin government philosophy is exactly like Uncle Sam’s- when in debt, borrow more.

#4- Explaining how IMF and World Bank loans make Latin politicians rich and in the end do Latin countries vastly more harm than good

#5- The Rise and Fall of Ecuador:
10 years ago I cautiously recommended Ecuador as a nice “Plan B” strategy for gringos and expats. But I also warned that any large influx of gringos would surely ruin the place... well I hate to say I told you so… but….
  #6- How they buy and sell votes when election day rolls around:
DYK that the going rate to buy a vote in the Dominican Republic is 20 bucks?
It's the subject of today’s “boots on the ground” story

#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.

 

Expat Files - 10.06.19

Oct 6, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #894 SUN, OCT 06 (10-06-2019): `

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

Today you’ll get the full details on the week-long event that begins in Guatemala City, Friday night, January 10th 2020, finishing Thursday Night, January 16th.

#2- Cool items I (me Johnny) always take along with me when travelling throughout Latin America and the world:

Yes I travel light and some of the stuff I carry along will surprise you. But believe me, after 30 years of travelling practically everywhere in Latin America and elsewhere, I definitely know what to pack.

#3-Ever wonder what Latinos think of our 57+ gender distinctions and those ever-changing and totally confusing gender non-specific pronoun oddities?

Average Latinos doesn’t know or care. Educated Latinos don’t get it, and though it hasn’t stopped them from loving the crap out of Miami and everything USA, they do perceive there are cracks forming in the stateside cultural pavement.. and that there is something very wrong up in Disneyland.

#4- Things you need to know about Coffee that will change your world:

That is, if coffee happens to be one of your daily routines or vices… 

#5- Drinking, driving, DUI’s, having open booze in the car and how Latin American Cops deal with those eventualities:

Today we talk about what will or can happen to gringos under any or all of the above somewhat precarious situations. Do note that in general, where gringos have landed, the cops will always throw the book at you. Whereas when nabbed off the gringo trail, cops can be so lenient it’s almost like getting stopped for J-walking by a crossing guard. After all.. Latin Cops are notorious drinkers themselves.

#6- What’s a VPN and why your privacy completely depends on you using one!    

#7- Johnny’s week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 10th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020.

To get on the early-bird sign up list just email me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com.

Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B” (providing the world doesn’t implode by then!)

#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.

Expat Files - 10.04.19

Oct 4, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #893 FRI, OCT 04 (10-04-2019): 

#1- Huelgas! What you should know about Latin American protests.. when the Latino hoards take to the streets- PART 2:

#2- The Present and Future State of Rotten and Corrupt Latin American Politics:

How Latin politics affect Gringos and Expats. Should Gringos and Expats be concerned? Should we be following what’s happening? What about elections and candidates? Should we even care?

#3-Higher Education and Latin American University Systems:

How do they differ from USA Universities? What’s the tuition? Should you send your kids there? More importantly… are they any good? As you might imagine, there are good, bad and ugly ones. But believe it or not there are a few that are so great you have to see them to believe it. For example there is one in Guatemala called UFM. It’s so well regarded that any medical school graduate is offered immediate entrance into the Harvard Medical school post-doctoral and/or medical specialty program (yes that Harvard in the USA). How is that possible? Well here’s the dope… 

#4- What Young University Educated Latinos think of the US and the US system of government:

Latinos do stereotype us in many ways as we do them You’d be surprised what they’re thinking… you’ll soon find out in today’s “boots on the ground” story.

#5- Johnny’s week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 11th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020.

To get on the early-bird sign up list email  me at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com.

Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B” (providing the world doesn’t implode by then!)

#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.

Expat Files - 09.29.19

Sep 29, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #892 SUN, SEPT 29 (09-29-2019): 

#1- What you need to know about those little tiendas and hole-in-the-wall kiosks that seem occupy nearly every neighborhood corner in Latin America?

#2- Municipal Water, Cisterns, and everything else you’ll need to know about your own household water supply if you plan on owning or renting in a Latin American City:

#3- The Sanitation and Hygiene facts of life in Latin America:

There’s no doubt Latinos have lower standards in that department than we gringos and expats are used to. Today we discuss what we can do to bring our own Latin household help up to snuff.

#4- Huelgas! When the Latino hoards take to the streets! What you should know about Latin American street blockages and protests..

Is it safe to go out when the picketers come out?

#5- Some words about the lowly Mango:

Just when you thought the lowly Mango was a boring Fruit, today we have a ”boots on the ground” mango report. It’s true, Mangos don’t transport well, are quite delicate and hard to eat without making a mess. Not to mention they’re rarely available up in the states (except in pasteurized and adulterated juice form.. yuk). However, if you live or visit Latin America you would be remiss not to take advantage of all the amazing and fantastically delicious varieties available practically all year round. They’re practically everywhere even dropping off the trees (in both private and public spaces!). But why talk about Mangos? Well, today you’ll learn things about Mangos that will truly amaze you, and with the giant ones going for 5 or 6 for a buck they just might become one of your favorite and cheapest all time foods.

#6- Johnny’s week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 10th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020.

To get on the early-bird sign up list, email theexpatfiles@gmail.com.

Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B” (providing the world doesn’t implode by then!)

#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.

Expat Files - 09.27.19

Sep 27, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #891 FRI, SEPT 27 (09-27-2019): 

#1- Everything and Anything you wanted to know about “STEM CELL” treatments in Latin America

You may have heard that stem cell treatments are one of the most promising cutting- edge non-invasive medical advances available in the US and elsewhere.

In the USA and most of the first-world, tens of thousands of patients with chronic diseases have benefited greatly from the treatment because stem cells have the potential to repair, restore, replace, and regenerate all kinds of cells and can be used to treat many medical conditions and diseases. They have proven especially effective in treating bone, cartilage, joint diseases and trauma as well as having the capacity to repair and regenerate damaged cardiac tissue and much more.    

However in the USA, only the extraction of stem cells from blood and bone marrow are approved for use by the FDA and AMA. That means any other Stem Cell extraction methods and treatments are considered experimental.

What most people don’t know is that stem cells extracted from placenta and umbilical tissue (we are not talking embryonic tissue here) are vastly more effective an efficient than blood or bone marrow stem cells. Note that these methods ARE being used in experimental studies across the USA and will definitely be approved for general use in some years but as for now they are not approved for general use. However USA doctors, biochemists and medical technologists have had such amazing results over the blood and bone marrow technique that some US medical professionals have decided they cannot wait for the slugs at the FDA and AMA, so they’ve set up clinics in Latin America and elsewhere. So today we have the dope on the where, when, how and why… and the costs for various Stem Cell treatments in Latin America, including a blow by blow  description of the treatment just received by one of my “Expat Insider Seminar” attendees. Practically always in pain and told by her Canadian doctors that she needed an immediate hip replacement, she opted to try stem cell treatment first in Puerta Vallerta, Mexico. So listen now and see for yourself just how it went and how she’s been doing these past weeks since the treatment began …          

 #2- What’s wrong (and right) with National Healthcare:

Yes, it’s a great idea- cutting out insurance company middle men and the thought of gutting big pharma. I’m all for that. But the real problem is that the damn Government will be running the thing. Just look at all the programs and departments that the government runs and administers. They do a miserable job at every level. In fact there is not a single government department or entity that is not a bloated, grossly inefficient, corrupt and malignant cancer within itself. So then, why not let them run a National Healthcare system too! It is inevitable you know. Duh?

My advice comes in the form of a question… “How’s that Plan B coming folks?”    

#3- Johnny’s week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 11th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020.

To get on the early-bird sign up list, email theexpatfiles@gmail.com.

Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B” (providing the world doesn’t implode by then!)

#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.

Expat Files - 09.22.19

Sep 23, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #890 SUN, SEPT 22 (09-22-2019):

#1- English Language Radio Stations and Gringo Disc Jockeys in Latin America:

Since the 1990’s, all of the 20 or so big Latin American media markets have had at least one daily radio program hosted by a real live gringo broadcasting in English. Radio PR men and marketers have realized there are enough gringos, expats, teachers, tourists embassy workers and gringo wannabees in markets centered around big cities like Mexico City, Panama City, Bogota, Guatemala City, Tegucigalpa, etc., that it makes sense to have token gringo DJ. Latino advertisers love that demographic because English speakers always have more purchasing power then average Spanish speaking radio listeners. Today you’ll hear the untold story..   

#2- Gringos just hate Reggaton Music. So what’s wrong with it?

In Latin America you hear reggaton’s grinding, monotonous beat everywhere. It’s the soundtrack of youth in Latin America. But the truth is 99% of gringos and expats cannot stomach it. Yes, it does absolutely suck. However, if you live or visit Latin America you get bombarded by radios, TV’s, smart devices, malls or even oozing from the walls. Solution? You either ignore it, block it out, or get used to it. But you don’t have to like it.  

#3- Johnny’s week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 11th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020.

To get on the early-bird sign up list, email theexpatfiles@gmail.com.

Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B” (providing the world doesn’t implode by then!)

#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.

Expat Files - 09.20.19

Sep 23, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #889 FRI, SEPT 20 (09-20-2019): `

#1- The three faces of the word ”Gringo”:

DYK the word gringo can be either an insult, a term of endearment or basically neutral, depending on its use and inflection..

#2-What about the notorious “N” Word?

We all know the “N” Word is sprinkled liberally in those mindless Rap and Hip Hop songs as well as in every street-wise Hollywood movie, all of which eventually end up in the theatres and on cable in Latin America. But how does the infamous “N” word get translated into Spanish? Can it be translated? Do Latinos get the point, the subtle or hard meanings? Find out in today’s first boots-on-the ground story.

#3- A Gringo’s Guide to Police Extortion and Bribes:

Today’s second boots-on-the-ground story

#4- There is nothing PC (Politically Correct) about Latin America so get used to it:

#5- The weirdest kind of insurance policy:

How 2 bucks worth of Coca-Cola and a bag of Cheetos can occasinally save your ass…

#6- Johnny’s week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 11th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020.

To get on the early-bird sign up list, email theexpatfiles@gmail.com.

Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B” (providing the world doesn’t implode by then!)

#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.

Expat Files - 09.15.19

Sep 15, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #888 SUN, SEPT 15 (09-15-2019): `

 

#1- Why Smart People Can’t Learn Spanish:

How long does it take for the average Gringo/Expat to learn Spanish?Oddly enough, the ability to learn Spanish does not seem to be related to IQ. There are many smart and creative long-time expats with very bad Spanish…     

#2-How NOT to get nailed for customs and immigration duties and taxes on stuff you bring down to your new Latin country:

Today we’ve got some great packing tips to avoid that scenario and save you a lot of grief and dough..

#3- Some Eggspert advice concerning “driveway chickens” and their eggs, versus store bought so-called “free range” chickens and eggs.

There is a difference…

#4- Small towns in Latin America- are they safe?

As a rule, most Latin towns under 50,000 population are quite safe, but there are some notable exceptions. Today the dope on the how, where and why…

#5- The “Apostilling” facts:

What you need to know about “Apostilling” documents for residency. You’ll need to have that done in advance for the immigration slugs in your chosen Latin Country

#6- Johnny’s week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 11th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020.

To get on the early-bird sign up list, email theexpatfiles@gmail.com.

Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B” (providing the world doesn’t implode by then!)

#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.

Expat Files - 09.13.19

Sep 13, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #887 FRI, SEPT 13 (09-13-2019): `  

#1- Costa Rica- A Con Man’s Paradise:

A collection of unbelievable “boots on the ground” Costa Rican rip off stories. Don’t let this happen to you!

#2- Some Gringos and Expats will make it a point to ditch their boring past and completely re-invent a more exciting version of themselves:

Everybody wants to be a “somebody” and you’d be surprised how many Expat artists, writers, adventures and entrepreneurs are really just damn good bullshitters who, in a past life, were just ordinary mundane plumbers, firemen and meter readers. Unlike up in the states, when one is down in Latin America, pretenses can be perpetuated indefinitely and even have a life of their own.

#3- What you need to know about Latin American adoption agency scams and rip offs:

#4- Argentina is falling apart at the seams (I told you so!):

Yes that bloated, corrupt Argentine government is at it again, bankrupt and ready to default on their sovereign debt. Thus, they have instituted currency controls and that’s always the beginning of the end. So how bad is it? Well, one now must ask for written permission from one’s own bank and the government to withdraw YOUR OWN money from your own US dollar account. This will not end well... (did I say I told you so?)

#5- The gentle art of car theft in Latin America:

What you need to know to protect yourself so it doesn’t happen to you!

#6- Three simple tips on how to thwart ID theft in Latin America and elsewhere: 

#7- Johnny’s week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 11th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020.

To get on the early-bird sign up list, email theexpatfiles@gmail.com.

Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B” (providing the world doesn’t implode by then!)

#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.

 

Expat Files - 09.08.19

Sep 8, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #886 SUN, SEPT 08 (09-08-2019): `

#1- Everything you wanted to know about Electric cars and the availability of EV charging stations in Latin America

#2- Latin country Illiteracy and the strange case of “The Comic Book Cure”:

#3- The truth about Child Labor and truancy in Latin America:

#4- Can you learning fluent Spanish in 2 Months?

I know one smart Gringo who did just that. He accomplished that feat from Illinois without ever stepping foot in Latin America or taking an online course or having a Spanish speaking girlfriend or even attending a single Spanish class. It is possible to do and we’ve got a “boots on the ground” story today to prove it…

#5- Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and your “Plan B”:

How Bitcoin saved one gringo’s life and taught him how the twisted world “really” works. Its today’s second “boots on the ground” story…

#6- Johnny’s week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 11th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020.

To get on the early-bird sign up list, email theexpatfiles@gmail.com.

Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B” (providing the world doesn’t implode by then!)

#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.

Expat Files - 09.06.19

Sep 6, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #885 FRI, SEPT 06 (09-06-2019): `

#1- It seems every month Latin governments are creating new hoops to jump through and inventing new obstacles for gringos and expats on the way to obtaining residency:

 #2- Everything you wanted to know about the infamous FBI “good conduct report”(aka: “Rap Sheet”):

You’ll need one when applying for most Latin Country residency. Yup even Guatemala is requiring one now (they were the last holdout)

#3- Is there anything wrong with having a European 2nd Passport and starting a “Plan B” in Europe rather than in Latin America? 

#3- Dialing “911” in Latin America:

Yes, all Latin countries have a similar emergency dial up service these days. The question is, what is the ambulance response time? Or could it be that ambulances are on “manana” time too? Well, knowing how Latin Cops respond to police calls you wonder (and hope) if Ambulance will show up at all. Today we have the dope on the subject.

#4- Another round of Clueless Gringo stories sure to scare the poop out of you: 

#5- TSA Airport Shakedowns:

Is there any limit to what those rubber-gloved lard-asses can get away with once they’ve singled you out for a more “complete” and “invasive” inspection? Today we have three very interesting boots-on-the-ground stories that will make you laugh… and cry    

#7- Johnny’s week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 11th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020.

To get on the early-bird sign up list, email theexpatfiles@gmail.com.

Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B” (providing the world doesn’t implode by then!)

#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.

Expat Files - 09.01.19

Sep 1, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #884 SUN, SEPT 01 (09-01-2019): ` 

#1- Beware of Sharks and other Gringo-eating creatures with big teeth: 

#2- Latina Ladies and those amazing Hour-Glass Figures- PART 2: 

#3- The Trouble with Backpackers: 

#4- Another round of Clueless Gringo stories sure to scare the poop out of you: 

#5- EMP dangers and 5-G in Latin America:

The consensus is in. 5-G is coming to Latin America. It’s inevitable and a real health hazard. So today we discuss how to protect yourself as they roll it out.

#6- What do you mean, I have to “Apostille” my documents to apply fo Latin Residency?

What the heck is an “Apostille anyway? Does it have to do with the 12 Apostles or something? Why I ain’t even Catholic! 

#7- Johnny’s week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America is scheduled for Friday, Jan 11th through Thursday Jan 16th, 2020.

To get on the early-bird sign up list, email theexpatfiles@gmail.com.

Join me on my January 2020 adventure and get a 2 to 5 year head start on your own “Plan B” (providing the world doesn’t implode by then!) 

#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.

Expat Files - 08.30.19

Aug 30, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #883 FRI, AUG 30 (08-30-2019): `  

#1- The truth about Poop-hole Countries in Latin America (and elsewhere):

It turns out the depth and breathe and actual skankyness of such places can be quite subjective, and very much in the eye of the beholder.. 

#2- So You Have a House or Condo in Latin America to rent out?

Today we discuss maintenance, marketing, upkeep and selecting a property manager. 

#3-Some Tips for the Ages:

Gringos, Expats and Tourists please shut up and leave your American politics at home.. PLEASE.

Today we touch on this delicate issue as well as other sage advice concerning your behavior in Latin America 

#4- The Trump Effect in Latin America:

Is there one? 

#5- Listeners know Johnny discourages people from moving to Mexico but why?

We all know its cheap and Cancun is nice..  

Meanwhile, entire Mexican local city police forces are continuously being decommissioned, arrested and jailed for mass corruption.

That’s interesting, but does that have to do with anything? 

#6- To get on the early-bird sign up list for Johnny Mueller’s upcoming week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America, just email theexpatfiles@gmail.com for updates and info. The next event is scheduled Friday, Jan 11 through Thursday Jan 16, 2020 (providing the world doesn’t implode by then)

 #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.

 

Expat Files - 08.26.19

Aug 26, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #882 SUN, AUG 25 (08-25-2019): `

 #1- The truth about English Language, tourist targeted, newspapers, magazines and other rags:

Every tourist and gringoized area has a few of them and they’re usually weeklies or monthlies and are almost always free. But as they say… nothin’ is for nuthin’ and you get what you pay for (same with this show..Ha!)     

#2- Power outages in Latin America and why you really need a “PORTABLE” SOLAR POWER UNIT:

Today we discuss my recommendations and tips regarding portable solar power units. We’ll talk about my personal picks for all-in-one packages that will power up your basics (TV, Smartphones, computer, refrigerator lights) when there’s a momentary outage or the grid is down. This really good advice is not just for gringos and expats living in Latin America either. Soon enough poop will be getting pretty hairy up in Cleveland too!       

#3- The state of Utility Companies in Latin America:

Private versus Public utility ownership- why gringos and expats vastly prefer private ownership while the locals greatly prefer public (government slug ) ownership 

#4- Rating the Toilets of the World (someone had to do it):

Yes, it’s a report whose time has come, so today without further adoo.. doo, we discuss the good, bad and the ugly in the commode department. Nope there are no “great” porcelain thrones out there, but there are quite a few ecofriendly dual-flush jobs, to which a sane person can only exclaim… Jesus help us! … or maybe just plain WTF!

#5- The real reasons Ecuador threw Julian Assange under the bus:

What you have not been told by the Lame-stream Media and why, after listening to this screed, it’s doubtful you’ll ever want to execute your Plan B in Ecuador. 

#6- To get on the early-bird sign up list for Johnny Mueller’s upcoming week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America, just email theexpatfiles@gmail.com for updates and info. The next event is scheduled for early January, 2020 (providing the world doesn’t implode by then) 

#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.

Expat Files - 08.23.19

Aug 23, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #881 FRI, AUG 23 (08-23-2019):  

#1- When Gringo Business Ideas Flop:

The more boots-on-the-ground experience, the more functional business ideas will pop into your head. The optimal word is “functional”. Yet there can still be problems. Sometimes gringos and expats have very very good business ideas that just happen to be a year or two ahead of their time and thus don’t pan out. Today we hammer on that subject..   

#2- How Johnny Discovered Monday is Enhanced “Butt Check” Day in most Latin American Plastic Surgery Offices: Yup, Butt Check Day. Say what Gringo! Well, today we have one of Johnny’s craziest boots-on-the-ground adventures of all, 100% true and uncensored! You won’t want to miss this… 

#3- Thoughts in the ominous arrival of 5G in Latin America: 

#4- For Coffee Lovers Only:

Today we have some Latin American Coffee culture tips you will really appreciate 

#5- One of Latin America’s biggest (legal) growth industries is dental braces for Latinas.

Dentists can barely keep up with the rush and for two reasons: the first is function of course- to fix crooked teeth. Secondly, for the kid and family to demonstrate that the family is upwardly mobile, socially and economically.    

#6- To get on the early-bird sign up list for Johnny Mueller’s upcoming week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America, just email theexpatfiles@gmail.com for updates and info. The next event is scheduled for early January, 2020 (providing the world doesn’t implode by then) 

#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.

Expat Files - 08.18.19

Aug 18, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #880 SUN, AUG 18 (08-18-2019): `

 

#1- Making Life Easier While Traveling with a Portable Water Filter:

Everyone (except some stubborn backpackers) knows it’s not good to drink tap water when you travel (or even at home for that matter). Today we discuss water mistakes gringos and expats continuously make while on the road, combined with some of Johnny’s great hacks on how to make your own absolutely pure water on the run. Your goal should be to avoid the funky local bottle water brands of unknown quality at all costs.    

 #2- MEXICO SUCKS AS A “PLAN B” DESTINATION, YET PEOPLE REMAIN IN DENIAL ABOUT IT:

Why aren’t people listening when there are 101 reasons to move south of “south of the border” and skip Mexico altogether? It’s mostly because Mexico is so easy to get to, many locals speak English and the fact that 95% of gringos and expats who defend the place either haven’t travelled to other Latin countries to know the difference, or they’re live in an insulated gringoized Mexican bubble.

However, today comes some news that should really scare any and all gringo/expat Mexicophiles…. It’s the latest, greatest and final nail in the coffin for gringos thinking of living in Mexico. Nope, this time it’s not about money laundering, kidnapping, extortions, gangs or Narcos, but about a brand new ominous, scary and arbitrary “PROPERTY CONFISCATION” law just passed this month by the Mexican congress. This new law allows the government to expropriate any and all private property WITHOUT a crime conviction, a court hearing or even an order signed by a judge! Now if this news doesn’t scare the poop out of you… then you deserve Mexico.           

 #3- How Safe is your Latin Bank?

All expats and gringos living and hanging south of the border will eventually need an account in a Latin bank or two. Problem is, in each country there are at least 20 banks to choose from. Not to mention every Latin country has its occasional bank failures where people do lose their shirts. So today we discuss exactly how to choose a nice solid bank that won’t bite the dust while you have your dough parked there…     
#4- To get on the early-bird sign up list for Johnny Mueller’s next week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America, just send an email to theexpatfiles@gmail.com for updates and info. Providing the world doesn’t implode, the next one is scheduled for early January, 2020.

#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.

Expat Files - 08.16.19

Aug 16, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #879 FRI, AUG 09 (08-16-2019): `

#1- Wild and Crazy Airport Stories:

What would you do if this stuff happened to you?

#2- Ten things you need to know if you’re considering Colombia for your “Plan B” destination:

Colombia (along with Ecuador) has been continuously touted by rags like International Living as the next Costa Rica. Today Johnny is broadcasting from the district of Poblado in Medellin Colombia, the epicenter of the gringo diaspora. Can it be hype? Is it all what it’s cracked up to be? Is it really the next and best great gringo/expat retirement destination? Today you’ll hear the good the bad, the ugly and the great regarding Colombia, along with a cautionary tale or two… and some real jaw-dropping surprises and observations you’ve never ever heard before.     

#3- A For Men Only Rant!

Are you planning on jumping into the Latin mating and dating game?

Today by very popular demand, Johnny breaks down the common Latina lady stereotypes that are believed (and perpetuated) by gringos and expats, including some facts about those ladies with gravity-defying hourglass figures. One question that comes up all the time, “Johnny, what Latin countries and cities have the most beautiful and amazing women?” Yes, a very tough question, but today we give it a try in the most statistical and scientific manner possible… Hmmmmmmn   

#4- To get on the early-bird sign up list for Johnny Mueller’s next week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America, just send an email to theexpatfiles@gmail.com for updates and info. Providing the world doesn’t implode, the next one is scheduled for early January, 2020.

#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.

Expat Files - 08.09.19

Aug 9, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #878 FRI, AUG 09 (08-09-2019): `

#1- Are there Muslim Terrorists and Terrorist cells in Latin America?

Every American wonders if terrorists can, are, or have been slipping in through the Mexican border. No one seems to know for sure, and if so, how do they do it? After all its along swim across the Atlantic for any Middle Easterner.   

For one thing, there’s confusion on the topic because North Americans are obviously not reading the Latin American Spanish language newspapers and media rags (why would they, they’re in Spanish?) But if they did the research, they would be well aware that for years, back since the Hugo Chavez days, Venezuela has been selling passports legal passports at the rate of 800 per month to middle easterners who don’t speak a word of Spanish for from $5000 to $25000 a pop. WTF?

Today you’ll get the real dope (from multiple sources) that answer the hard questions everyone seems to be secretly worrying about…      

 #2- Gringos Owning Guns in America: Ten things you need to know

 #3- Dogs and Home Security tips when living in Latin America

 #4- To get on the early-bird sign up list for Johnny Mueller’s next week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America, just send an email to theexpatfiles@gmail.com for updates and info. Providing the world doesn’t implode, the next one is scheduled for early January, 2020.

 #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.

Expat Files - 08.04.19

Aug 4, 2019 28:00

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#1- How to sabotage your “Plan B” in three easy steps:        

 

#2- Ten ways crooked Latin lawyers gouge and scam gringos:

A compilation of actual events and alarming boots-on-the-ground stories

 

#3- When smart gringos do stupid things:

Even smart, way above average gringos can be had by con men and slick operators. Oddly enough, it’s often the smart gringo “know it all” who get sucked into the bigger scams. Latin swindlers can spot em’, and after the fact will often say they were asking for it. Maybe so.  Maybe its karma. Who knows…
 

#4- The last word on Costa Rica, and why aside from Venezuela, it’s the last place recommended for an ideal Plan B destination:

Why I'd even prefer Cuba over CR… So today, live from the Costa Rican trenches, we have more agonizing boots-on-the-ground, clueless gringo, rip-off stories

 

#5- To get on the early-bird sign up list for Johnny Mueller’s next week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America, just send an email to theexpatfiles@gmail.com for updates and info. Providing the world doesn’t implode, the next one is scheduled for early January, 2020.

 

#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.

Expat Files - 08.02.19

Aug 2, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #876 FRI, AUG 02 (08-02-2019): `

 

#1- When Gringo businesses fail:

After spending a loads of time talking about gringos starting up successful businesses in Latin America, today we talk about gringos who have FAILED in business and why. Included here are examples of 3 Latin businesses I was personally involved in that failed, so I know what I'm talking about…       

 

#2- Ten things I learned the hard way while starting a business from scratch in Latin America:

 

#3- The truth about having Latino, gringo (or Canadian) business partners:
 

#4- There are certain Gringos and Expats you DON’T want to hang with: You will quickly learn that some gringos and expats, often found in self-help meet up groups and sports bars on the tourist trail, are despicable bastards, blowhards and worse. So today we offer some tips on how to avoid some of the very people you have left dodge to avoid. Yes unfortunately some do manage to find their way to Latin America (Note: they often hang together, don’t speak Spanish, are chronic joiners, clubbers and travel in packs)  

 

#5- Why do so many Latin restaurant, Uber and medical waiting room sound systems blast gringo “classic” rock?

What's up with that? Especially since 99% of the time only gringos and expats can understand the words (unless its Mick Jagger or Elton John, then even gringos fail to get it). Another “boots on the ground” story 

 

#6- To get on the early-bird sign up list for Johnny Mueller’s next week-long “Expat Insider Seminar” in Central America, just send an email to theexpatfiles@gmail.com for the updates and info. 
Providing the world doesn’t implode by then, the next seminar will be scheduled for early January, 2020.

 

#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.

Expat Files - 07.28.19

Jul 29, 2019 28:00

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#1- A few words about having your own private live-in nurse:

For retired gringos with health problems, hiring a live in nurse for $400 to $500 a month is possibly one of the greatest benefits of living in Latin America   

 

#2- Tips on hiring maids, maintenance men and cleaning ladies:

How to spot the qualities you should be looking when hiring household help, as well as how to spot the defects that should nix the deal

 

#3- Another wasted day at a US embassy:

It’s the subject of today’s frustrating “boots on the ground” story- courtesy of the lard-asses working there (and paid for by your dime)
 

#4- Proof that even Mexico’s traditionally calm and laid-back small towns and areas way out in the boonies are no longer safe for gringos and expats:

Today we have a sobering eyewitness report from a faithful listener who has been living in said Mexican boonies for the past 5 years. He believes it’s about time for him and his wife to get out and move further south

 

#5- What steps should gringos take when his or her direct deposit social security, or disability payments, suddenly get cut off:

Another boots on the ground story…   

 

#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.

Expat Files - 07.26.19

Jul 26, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #874 FRI, JULY 26 (07-26-2019): `

 

#1- Power Outages (called “apagones” in Spanish):

What you need to know about short but the frequent power outages- what to do, how to deal with them and how to minimize your natural irritation and subsequent pissed off state of mind.

 

#2- Maintenance men (and other Latino oxymoron’s):

If you’re not living in a hi-rise residential tower, you’ll probably contract a maintenance man or gardener at one time or another. That said, there are a few things you ought to know about handling these guys.

 

#3- When well intentioned gringo and gringa “do gooders” end up doing NO good at all:

There are often negative secondary effects of the influx of gringo do-gooders in Latin America. Unfortunately the gringo and gringa SJW’s have arrived… it ain’t pretty. But I guess it had to happen. Today we discuss how bad things happen when gringos come down and force their social and cultural biases on the locals.
 

#4- Now for the ten million peso question:

According to poll by grade school teachers, can you guess the #1 reason poor and middle class Latin kids miss school days? You’ll have to listen to the show for the answer because its certain you’ll never guess.

 

#5- An important update on eliminating what is often the biggest electric expense when you live in the tropics - air conditioning:

DYK that in the last 2 years a number of well-known companies like LG and Panasonic have come out with a line of completely stand-alone SOLAR POWERED air conditioning units? That means you can now buy a package and have A/C all the time, without ever plugging into the electric grid. Today we have the dope on that and more..   

 

#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.

Expat Files - 07.21.19

Jul 21, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #873 SUN, JULY 21 (07-21-2019): `

 

#1- What you never knew about “Coyotes” and how they have a two tier “door to door” pricing system:

A two-time illegal deportee Uber driver in El Salvador explains how he paid $8000 for Coyote to get him from El Salvador to New Jersey, no not once, but twice! If Coyotes don’t take checks or credit cards, how do poor and destitute Latinos come with that kind of dough? Today you’ll find out… and it’s a shocker..  

#2- Since 2015, throughout Central America, homicides and violent crimes have decreased nearly 50%:

What the hell has happened? Is it more cops? Better policing, equipment, technology, more political will? What Latino street cops say about will certainly surprise the hell out of you!!!

 

#3- The exploding growth of corrupt mega-evangelical churches in Latin America:

Just when you thought Catholics had the corner on church scandals, it’s likely just as bad or worse in those Latin American Evangelical mega-churches. Problem is, most offenses are lightly reported or not reported in the Latino media at all. Why? Because Latin America is so thoroughly Christian the media is loath to report any but the most glaringly obvious abuses.

 

#4- A boots-on-the-ground Cuba report:

A Listener who lived 18 years in Cuba and 5 years in Venezuela gives us a killer report, and a stern warning, about the ominous parallels he sees happening in the USA… he says, like Cuba, the USA is rotting from the inside out

 

#5- Dental Floss, Halitosis and Latin America: There's something rotten in Denmark.. in macho Latin America too... 

 

#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   

Expat Files - 07.19.19

Jul 19, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #872 FRI, JULY 19 (07-19-2019): `

 

#1- Everything you need to know about the cost of traffic fines and moving violations including the cost of traffic tickets throughout Latin America(both on and off the gringo tourist trail) including:

 

·        DUI’s and open liquor incidents

·        Driving with an expired driver’s license (or no valid license)    

·        Illegal turns, speeding and reckless driving

·        Running stop signs and/or red lights

·        Getting your car impounded by the cops. They might take it(or not), and how to avoid that stressful  eventuality.  

·        Cell phone use violations, seat-belt laws, mechanically unsafe vehicles, cracked windshields and burnt out tail and/or headlights, etc.

 

#2- What Latinos don’t know about their own history could fill 100 books:

Today we explain the rigid Latino social class system and how it relates all the way back to Columbus. Why do so few Latinos, even college educated ones, know so little about the embarrassing and genocidal legacy of the Spanish conquistadors (but then again, 95% of North Americans don’t know squat about their own history either)

 

#3- The annoying persistence of flat tires (pinchazos). What gringos and expats need to know about those experiences.

 

#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   

Expat Files - 07.05.19

Jul 5, 2019 28:00

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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   

Expat Files - 06.30.19

Jul 3, 2019 28:00

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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   

 

Expat Files - 06.28.19

Jun 28, 2019 28:00

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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   

Expat Files - 06.24.19

Jun 24, 2019 28:00

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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   

 

Expat Files - 06.21.19

Jun 24, 2019 28:00

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#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   

 

Expat Files - 06.16.19

Jun 16, 2019 28:00

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#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   

Expat Files - 06.14.19

Jun 14, 2019 28:00

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#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   

Expat Files - 06.09.19

Jun 9, 2019 28:00

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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   

Expat Files - 06.07.19

Jun 7, 2019 28:00

Description:

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  

Expat Files - 06.03.19

Jun 3, 2019 28:00

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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   

Expat Files - 05.31.19

Jun 3, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #861-FRI, MAY 31 (05-31-2019):

 

#1- There’s an underbelly of Mexico you really need to know about- Part 1

The Narco life is but a stone’s throw away from those nice, protected, gringoized Mexican towns and subdivisions….

 

#2- We all arrive in Latin America with rose colored glasses:

This is what often happens when the lenses fall out…

 

#3- Are you up for another amazing and funny Latin Healthcare story?

There’s nothing like an innocent gringo “boots on the ground” story to give the true picture of real expat life in Latin America… and today we have yet another fun one.  

 

#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- The most dangerous cities in Latin America:

Here's the breakdown. Are any of them on you plan B list?

 

#7- When Latinos “fat shame” gringos and expats:

“Gringos are simply enormous”, say most all Latinos. We are too oversized they say. On top of that, Latin American taxi drivers have said in print and in interviews that we “enormous gringos” and our overloads of luggage contribute to excessive wear and tear on their taxis…

 

#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   

 

Expat Files - 05.26.19

May 26, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #860-SUN, MAY 26 (05-26-2019):

 

#1- Expat Eddie resurfaces:

“Boots on the ground in Colombia” with Expat Eddie.

#2- Ever wonder which are the best car brands and models for gringos and expats.

Driving in Latin America can be a wicked and testy experience. But we do have to get around- so most of us will buy some kind of car or vehicle and join in the madness. But which cars fare best for us? You’ll find most all cars and models are available in Latin America, though some are definitely NOT suited for the task. Today we nail that subject…

#3- Are you thinking about living in "big-city" Latin America?

Today we discuss what every gringo and expat needs to know about living the hi-rise residential tower life.

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

My week-long event will be in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. The early-bird discounts are in effect till June 1st. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

#5- How certain gringos bend the rules (what rules?) to supercharge their “Gringo Advantage“:

Today this theme is explored with two new "boots on the ground" adventures.  
*Note that certain of these actions are not recommended for the faint of heart

#6- Buying property in Colombia- Part 2

#7- Buying a condo or apartment in a residential tower: A detailed look at the process 

The pros and con of buying into a new modern tower versus buying a unit in an old, stately Spanish colonial building.

#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   

Expat Files - 05.24.19

May 24, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #859-FRI, MAY 24 (05-24-2019):

 

#1- The art of standing in line:

They say that we sleep 1/3 of our lives away but what’s less well known is how many Latinos spend a huge amount of their day killing time while standing in various lines. It’s a fact that there are so many lines (colas) in Latin America (most all are at or near govt buildings and banks) that there are hundreds of men and women who have full-time jobs as “line standers”.     

 

#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. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#3- Today we explain the 3 ways of getting a Latin American Driver’s License:

This can only happen in Latin America.

 

#4- New Mexican border shakedown rules are in effect for vehicles leaving the US and entering Mexico, and you’re not gonna like them.

 

#5- Uber motorcycles? Are they for real?

Yes, UberMotos on your Uber App are starting to show up in big Latin cities, and they are dirt cheap too. Should you use them? Well, if you don’t mind a few inconveniences- like handing your life over to a battle scarred, crazy-ass road warrior driver you’ve never met before..  

 

#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- 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   

   

Expat Files - 05.20.19

May 20, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #858-SUN, MAY 19 (05-19-2019):

 

#1- Medellin and the rapid Gringoization of Colombia:

If you have Medellin in mind as your plan B..  you’ll pay first world prices in the gringoized and most desirable neighborhood called Poblado. So then where can you live where it’s reasonably cheap and nice? Listen and find out.

 

#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. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go : www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#3- Diminished personal space ion Latino America - will we ever get used to it?

 

#4- Avocados as big as your head. You just won’t believe it!

 

#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- 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 

Expat Files - 05.17.19

May 17, 2019 28:00

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#1- Details, details… and lack thereof:

Gringos have their standards, and we expect a good service when we are paying for it. Why is it then, that new green gringos in need some repair work or construction constantly complain about the inherent Latino lack of attention to detail? What’s the answer, can it be fixed? And how is it the Latino labor force so ably and artistically executed all those thousands of fantastically beautiful colonial buildings churches and monuments, but when you hire a worker he can’t paint a straight yellow line on a road or paint bathroom wall without spattering the shower mirror, the light fixtures and the toilet seat? How about cleanup at the end of the job? (insert belly laugh here) It’s all a great source of frustration and hand wringing guaranteed to happen so many times and so constantly that many gringos and expats just come to expect it and eventually throw in the towel. Why, why, why? Well there are some good theories floating around and ways to crack the whip. But with each new job it will up to you to train them up, and sort of reinvent the wheel on a case by case basis...   

#2- By popular request I've been asked to give a short rundown on the blogs, books, websites, shows and podcast I personally listen to...  
 

#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. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go : www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#4- The Colombian healthcare system and insurance policies explained:

Today we have yet another ”boots on the ground” hospital/doctor/clinic story as recently experienced by a lone gringo with a medical emergency cause by the ash of a nearby volcanic eruption! (No Sh$%^T!)

 

#5- Speaking of Gringo Vegans in Latin America...

Some comments and observations.

 

#6 How often do Gringos end up in Latin American prisons?

As you may have heard- Latin prisons are horrific and should be avoided at all costs. But what are the odds you yourself could get locked up by sheer bad luck and circumstance? Should you be worried? Today we suss it out with another true life, “boots on the ground” story.

 

#7 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 

 

#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   

Expat Files - 05.12.19

May 12, 2019 28:00

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#1- When a bad situation forces you into a rush “Plan B:

Think you can put your Plan B on the back burner indefinitely?Not so fast gringo! Today we have a listener’s account of being sued in Cleveland and the shock and surprise of having his US bank accounts seized. Now that he’s broke, suddenly he’s on a super-fast track to get out of Dodge. Not a good situation. Don’t let this happen to you!

 

#2- 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. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go : www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#3- Why so many “younger” gringos and expats dislike Cuba:

A young adult listener opens up on why he would never go back to uncle Fidel’s island for another visit.

 

#4- How big a nest egg or savings do you really need to make a comfortable move to Latin America?   

Some tips and recommendations.

 

#5- Finding a niche job in Latin America:

Some gringos and expats need to work and make money soon after they arrive. Today we have more quick, easy and fun ways to make cash money without investing a dime.    

 

#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- 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   

Expat Files - 05.10.19

May 10, 2019 28:00

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#1- “You’re Nobody Till Somebody Hates You”:

Today an angry listener tells us exactly what’s wrong with The Expat Files Program. He explains in great detail how he hates the host’s delivery, style, subject matter and attitude. Listen in as he boldly tries to rip Johnny a new anus…. though in the end our listener admits that for all of his complaints he’ll continue to listen to program. Duh? Go figure.    

 

#2- PART SEVEN of Power Grid Independence for Expats and Gringos living in Latin America- how to power those energy-hog Air Conditioning units.

If you live in the Latin America Altiplano with perfect springtime weather all year long you probably won’t need A/C at all because you will mostly never break a sweat. However, most new green gringos and expats have never even heard of the Altiplano and thus will decide to live on or near the beach or in low altitudes. There A/C is a must, at least in the bedroom. Today we talk about the best ways to manage that eventuality and how to use solar power to run your A/C unit(s) completely off grid.

 

#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. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#4- Solar Panel sizes and Power Ratings- how to choose?

There are basically two main size PV panels being used today and dozens of oddball sized (orphan) panels too so it seems confusing. The main two sizes you should try to stick with are both very inexpensive high-powered panels. But which ones is best?     

 

#5- More tips advice on English teaching and call center jobs for gringos and expats in Latin America  

 

#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- 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   

Expat Files - 05.05.19

May 5, 2019 28:00

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#1- PART SIX of Power Grid Independence for Expats and Gringos living in Latin America:

The majority of well-built Latin American buildings and houses have flat or nearly flat concrete roofs. Today we discuss specifics on selection and mounting of your solar panels and what details you really should to pay extra special attention to.

 

#2- Solar Power System Component Guarantees:

Solar panels, lithium-ion batteries and controller/charger units come with 1, 2, 5, 10 and 25 year guarantees. There’s so much variation it seems like guarantees are all over the place and impossibly complicated. What do they really mean and do the companies stand by them? More importantly, will the companies or installers (or you) be around in 10 or 25 years to find out?  

 

#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. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#4- The easiest way to steal electric power in Latin America: The Mexican example.

 

#5- How to piss off an easy going, normally happy Latino:

That's what happens when too many Venezuelans (legal and illegal) migrate to another Latin country. But it doesn't start out that way. At first, when it’s a small controllable human trickle, the locals have big hearts and a large helping hand for their Latino brothers and sisters-in-arms. But when the new visitors suddenly seem to be everywhere, and start straining the local neighborhood social fabric, those formerly “welcome” new arrivals soon become objects of scorn and “personas non-grata.

Hmmm… sound familiar?

 

#6- Ten more surprising reasons why you should buy a PRIVATE healthcare insurance plan and NEVER sign on to the National Healthcare plans:

Even if the government, or gringo rags like International Living and AARP, market the country’s National Health System as cheap and efficient, don’t do it. Today we bring you yet more recent National Healthcare horror stories, this time direct from the bankrupt Mexican system. This you won’t believe.

 

#7 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 

 

#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   

Expat Files - 05.03.19

May 3, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #853 -FRI, MAY 03 (05-03-2019):

 

#1- PART FIVE of Power Grid Independence for Expats and Gringos living in Latin America:

Today we discuss specifics on how to size your solar system for living-off the-grid in Latin America. DYK- when it comes to solar power products like solar panels and batteries, you’ll not get a great deal by purchasing last year’s stuff, even if it’s been marked down substantially. It almost always pays to get the latest models and panels possible, and here’s why…

 

#2- Buying and assembling your ideal solar power system in Latin America:

What parts of a solar system should be ordered online and shipped from the states, Canada or China etc., and what portion should/can be purchased in your own chosen Latin destination. How much of the assembly and setup work should (or can) you do yourself versus how much you should leave for your gardener, maintenance guy or professional installers?

 

#3- Sign up is now 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. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#4- What other Expat podcasts and radio shows can you trust for good and current info?

 

#5-Solar power system tip #1: When “NO MAINTENANCE” actually means “NO MAINTENANCE”

For the latest and greatest Lithium-Ion solar power setups there really is ZERO maintenance…. for years on end too. The only thing you or your gardener will have to do is sweep and hose down the dust and bird poop off the panels every 3 months or so or you'll lose a bit of power daily. However, if there’s any more required maintenance than that.. you probably didn’t do your homework and picked the wrong system or bought an older system “cheap” (perhaps even new in the box)that you may have been got suckered into...  

 #6- Latin governments jump on the “ban the plastic bags and straws” gringo wanabee bandwagon and screw it up as usual:

It’s mostly just another half-ass governmental attempt to be first-world like- but with little foresight or planning, as usual. This is Latin America ya know. Why do you think the call it the third world?  

 #7 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 

 #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   

 

Expat Files - 04.28.19

Apr 28, 2019 28:00

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#1- Power Grid Independence for Dummies- Solar Power and going off-grid in Latin America for Expats and Gringos- PART FOUR

Today we discuss highly recommended Solar systems for gringos and expats living in Latin America and how to by the equivalent (clone) of the “gold standard” Tesla Powerwall 2 (13.5 kw) clone for half the price of that name brand.

 

#2- Buying and assembling a solar power system in Latin America:

What parts of a solar system should be ordered online and shipped from the states, Canada or China etc., and what portion should/can be purchased in your own chosen Latin destination? How much of the assembly and setup work should (can) you do yourself versus how much you should leave for professional installers?

 

#3- A “bug out” portable solar power setup for all occasions:

After witnessing what’s been happening in Venezuela, you’d have to be nuts not to have a small portable solar package- one that can be thrown in the trunk of your car at a moment’s notice. But there are so many portable solar systems to choose from its more than confusing for even the above average gringo. Just have a look on Amazon! The fact is that most all of them are “cute” but under powered for a real emergency and unfortunately will fall short under bug-out conditions and when you need them the most. The good news is that there are some near perfect systems. You’re gonna love this!!!  

 

#4-Some killer time and money saving tips you’ll never know about until you’ve put together two or three a solar power systems- like I have ...  

 

#5- Sign up is now 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. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link. 

 

#6- US Embassy Jobs- there are job openings all the time but should gringos and expats consider applying? After all, it’s your embassy and they speak English.

In a word.. NO! And here’s why…

 

#7 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 

 

#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   

Expat Files - 04.26.19

Apr 26, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #851- FRI, APR 26 (04-26-2019):

 

#1-More Latin American Electric Company Scams and Hacks:

You’d think people living in a nice high-end residential towers would be on the straight and narrow up, on the up and up... not all gringo!  

 

#2- AMAZON for gringos in Latin America:

Tips, insights and hacks..   

 

#3- Everyone hates the electric company. People try to get over on them if they can. Aren’t you shocked!

How to tamper with Electric Meters in Latin America

 

#4- Sign up is now 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. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

#5- The truth about Latin American neighborhood power outages and what to do about them

  

#6- Solar Power for Expats and Gringos- PART THREE

Latin America is absolutely ideal for solar energy setups and getting off the grid, or supplementing your grid power. Think of what you’d have to pay for quality off-the-grid system in Cleveland, now divide that number in half. That’s about what you’ll pay for such a system south of the border. We’re not talking about high maintenance DIY system cobbled together from spare or surplus parts from Craig’s list either.

 

#7- Why does Colombia keep doing this Shi%^&$#*!!!

Here’s yet another nail in Colombia’s “Plan B destination” coffin as it quickly slips off our list of top destinations. DYK that Colombia lawmakers are seriously considering banning private god sales and mining? All in the interest of the catch all pseudo-crime of money laundering of course! It probably won't pass but just the idea they're considering it is a very bad sign.

 

#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   

 

Expat Files - 04.21.19

Apr 22, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #850- SUN, APR 21 (04-21-2019):

 

#1-Electric Company Scams and Hacks in Latin America 

#2-Electric Power for Nuthin’:

How so many Latino’s do it and seem to get away with it forever... and we’re not talking about Solar or Wind installations here! 

#3- You’ve heard that Air Conditioning (A/C) and Solar power setups don’t mix because A/C units are big power suckers right?

WRONG! Today we have the dope on that conundrum..   

#4- Solar Power for Expats and Gringos- PART TWO

Today you will learn more in PART TWO of how to get off the electric grid in Latin America. Five years ago going solar was a hit and miss proposition and mistakes and miscalculations were made with irritating regularity. But now, in just the past 1 or 2 years, getting a super small and efficient solar system installed on your property has become incredibly easy and here’s how… 

Latin America is absolutely ideal for solar energy setups and getting off the grid, or supplementing your grid power. Think of what you’d have to pay for quality off-the-grid system in Cleveland, now divide that number in half. That’s about what you’ll pay for such a system south of the border. We’re not talking about high maintenance DIY system cobbled together from spare or surplus parts from Craig’s list either.

#5- Sign up is now 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. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link. 

#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- 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   

Expat Files - 04.19.19

Apr 19, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #849-FRI, APR 19 (04-19-2019):

 

#1- Solar Power for Expats and Gringos- PART ONE

Latin America is absolutely ideal for solar energy setups and getting off the grid, or supplementing your grid power. Think of what you’d have to pay for quality off-the-grid system in Cleveland, now divide that number in half. That’s about what you’ll pay for such a system south of the border. We’re not talking about high maintenance DIY system cobbled together from spare or surplus parts from Craig’s list either.

Today you will learn how smart gringos and expats are starting to get off the electric grid in Latin America. Five years ago going solar was a hit and miss proposition with many mistakes and miscalculations. But now, in just the past 1 or 2 years, getting a super small and super efficient, zero maintainence solar system installed on your property has become incredibly easy, and cheap. What a feeling! However, logically all bets are off if you happen to live on the 6th floor of a 10 story residential tower, right? That means solar is out if there’s no land or place for the necessary PV panels, correct? Wrong on both counts! It’s totally doable and here’s how…

 

#2-Windpower for gringos and Expats:

Such a good concept right? And there plenty of wind in the tropics and throughout Latin America. Unfortunately, it’s not a good or practical idea on an individual homestead basis. For a variety of reasons wind power is best left to experts and the commercial wind-farm guys.   

 

#3- Sign up is now 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. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 

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

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 

#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 out: www.thenewexpat.com   

Expat Files - 04.14.19

Apr 15, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #848-SUN, APR 14 (04-14-2019):

 #1- Colombia is the next Costa Rica, right? What a terrible thought:

I lived in CR for almost 3 years, had a city house and a beach house and a going business there. I left 25 years ago while going was good. Why? Because I saw the storm clouds of the gringo invasion on the horizon. There was a feeling of trouble in paradise. Yet today there’s talk in gringo expat circles and International Living followers that Colombia is the next CR… as if that were a great thing! Well today we have some comments and analysis from a listener with 9 years of living in Colombia. He is seeing the invasion first hand. Guess what? He’s packing his bags and looking for another Latin country location untainted by gringo hordes. And when he finds it, he promises he won’t tell a soul... 

 #2- Once upon a time stateside kids and families lived in their own kind of paradise, even if by fate they happened to have lived in Dodge, New Jersy or Cleveland:

The best advice is that when good old memories become painful to recount, that’s when it’s time to get out of Dodge. Yes, we all have good memories of how things use to be. Remember that old friendly neighbor support system that just doesn’t exist anymore? Today we’ll hear a vivid story from an “expat insider” seminar attendee. He has a sound but completely different theory as to why things have gone so wrong in Dodge (and Cleveland) starting back in the late 1950s. You probably haven’t hear this take on first world entropy before…    

#3- Cryptocurrency Update:

What to do and who to trust if you have, hold or trade bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies while in Latin America

 #4- Sign up is now 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. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

  #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- 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   

Expat Files - 04.12.19

Apr 12, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #847-FRI, APR 12 (04-12-2019):

 

#1- “Boots on the ground” in a Latin American hospital ER:

Here’s a very recent story from an expat wanabee in Guatemala who had the occasion to visit a private first-world style hospital ER after experiencing a self-inflicted facial cut. Find out the kind of attention and treatment he received and the costs involved. BTW: he was a walk-in with no insurance coverage.  

 #2- More on my own personal safety and security items:

Here’s what I (Johnny) always travel with along with some of the little hacks I have discovered after having continuously lived in Latin America for almost 30 years. DYK that I have NOT been robbed or assaulted in 20+ years (since the late 1990’s when I was still naïve and clueless)? Could that mean I’m just lucky or maybe that I'm doing something right.

 #3- Sign up is now 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. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link.

 #4- IKEA comes to Latin America:

Welcome to the newest gringo wanabee hangout, IKEA. That's a good thing, right? Well yes, if you like laminated particle board, “made in china”, junk furniture that will look like poop in a few years. Though its true they do have some good stuff too, but its all at gringo prices so only upscale Latinos actually shop to buy there. Unfortunately, the food court is the only draw for the average Latino who makes 300 to 400 bucks a month.  

 #5- “Dummy” fanny-packs, why you should get one, and why they are so useful:

Which one(s) you should consider using, and how to set yours up. Of course I always carry one. Here’s the dope on that hack…

 #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- 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   

Expat Files - 04.07.19

Apr 7, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #846 -SUN, APR 07 (04-07-2019): 

#1- Johnny gets injured due to Latin negligence, and there’s no one to sue;

Today’s “boots on the ground” story 

#2- A case of Trouble in Paradise:

It interesting how, as more and more gringos pile in, paradise turns sour. Whose fault is that? One guess… 

#3- Sign up is now 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. The early-bird discounts are in effect. Just go to: www.thenewexpat.com and click on the “seminar” link. 

#4- There are two kinds of gringos; those that wine and complain and those who complain about those who whine and complain- Part 2 

#5- The downside of living “off the gringo tourist trail”:

I always recommend living off the trail as a final “Plan B” destination but there are always a few initial downsides. However, if you can stuck it out a few months the negatives will soon fade away and you’ll see it’s all amazingly positive from then on in.

 

#6- (Besides chickenbus driver) What are the most dangerous “legit” jobs in Latin America?

#7- Ubiquitous Latin neighborhood noise pollution ‘ruido” and what you CAN’T do about it 

#8- “To Serve and Protect”

The truth about Latin cops (insert laugh track here). 

#9- 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  

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

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/ 

#11- 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. 

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

Expat Files - 04.05.19

Apr 5, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #845 -FRI, APR 05 (04-05-2019):

 

#1- Some gringos and expats have so-called unconventional reasons for moving to Latin America. But these days the unconventional is becoming more common place:

 

A professional data miner speaks of his intention to move to Latin America in order to reduce his IT footprint and gain back some of the privacy he has lost by living in the USA. Today he gives us his step by step plan.  

 

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

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

 

#3- You can get Botox at $5 a unit from a certified plastic surgeon in Latin America:

Unless you are a self-conscious lady, waging a war against time, that $5 figure might not mean much to you. But since the going rate at a legit USA Plastic surgeon’s office is more like $20 a unit (and I was told by a formerly wrinkly Gringa lady that the average treatment is 50 units or $1000). You can see why the Latina anti-aging business is booming.   

 

#4- Sex, Lies and Tears- when Latino men cry:

Yep Latinos can get teary eyed on cue, especially when caught two-timing the ladies. And the sensitive remorseful male angle works on them for a while. BTW: DYK the number one tear jerker movie of all time for Latina ladies is “Titanic”? (translated in Spanish of course) Who’d a thunk?    

 

#5- Picky, Picky, Picky- When Gringos and Expats whine and complain:

It’s embarrassing to watch gringo shout-outs and tantrums. Unsurprisingly, they’re almost always triggered by episodes of crappy Latin customer service. It’s a fact that incidents mostly occur in restaurants and hotels on the gringo tourist trail- why would it be otherwise?  

 

#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- 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   

Expat Files - 03.31.19

Mar 31, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #844 -SUN, MAR 31 (03-31-2019):

#1- Latinos, garbage, pollution and general disorder in the court:

Latinos talk a great game about being nationalists and patriots and how they love their countries. So its mystery why they continuously toss garbage, pollute and uglify their surroundings. Just take a look at any beachfront that’s anywhere near a local population, or that fact that every single river and inland body of water is contaminated. Why does it take Gringo ingenuity and small incentives to those simple but ugly problems? Today we have case in point..   

 #2- Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar” will take place in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. Get on the early bird discount waiting list by going to:http://www.thenewexpat.com and clicking on the "seminar" link.

 #3- When old Gringos live in Latin America:

How do 80+ year old gringos get along in Latin America? Does one have to be young and fit to have a “Plan B” and get the hell out of Dodge? Can people of all ages to eliminate the 1st world chaos from their lives or is there a kind of an age limit?      

#4- There’s a stringent new Big Brother crackdown on Canadian snowbirds and it ain’t pretty:

It’s getting harder and harder for Canadians to get out of Dodge and become Expats. Ottawa is gearing up in 2019 to monitor every citizen’s move once he leaves the country for whatever reason or time period. It’s quite obvious the Canuck nanny state wants to keep all of her moose in the barn.

#5- The Latin American Traffic report:

You’ve heard Latin America traffic sucks and that many roads are in crap condition. Today we discuss what Latin countries have the best and worst roads. The facts will surprise you.

#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- 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   

Expat Files - 03.29.19

Mar 29, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #843 -FRI, MAR 29 (03-29-2019):

 

#1- The BEST and WORST cars for Gringos and Expats to own and drive in Latin America:  

 

#2- Today an over-diagnosed Expat wananabe/gonnabee gives us 400 more excellent reasons to get the hell out of Dodge. If this tale of 1st world woe doesn’t get your “Plan B” going, you’re a lost cause.   

 

#3- Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar” will take place in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. Get on the early bird discount waiting list by sending an email to: www.theexpatfiles@gmail.com

 

#4- Petty Crime and Theft in Latin America- The Crimes they are a Changin’:

As little as 5 years ago car radios were by far the number 1 item on a very common thief’s list of smash and grabs. However these days Latin America is a cell phone thief’s paradise, and practically an industry unto itself. Of course all high end cell phones can be disabled and tracked anywhere once they are stolen but still the theft persists. Where are all those stolen cells ending up?

 

 

#5- In Latin America you are what you drive, and if you don’t have a car (80% don’t), you are judged by your phone model:

For 80% of Latin ladies, a cell phone is their most costly and prized possession. These working girls live at home and don’t have cars or computers so a high end phone on the payment plan is the thing. It stands to reason they would be a much easier target for thieves than a Latino man (who almost always settle for a lesser cell model anyway). That’s why in just the last few years very high numbers of unlucky Latina ladies (though not as many men) have had their ripped off FOUR or more times. Yet even after a Latina lady has one swiped she’ll inevitably buy up, and get the latest, even more stealable, high-end model. Duh?           

  

#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- 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   

Expat Files - 03.24.19

Mar 24, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #842 - SUN, MAR 24 (03-24-2019):

 

#1- Gringa Expats sound off dire warnings about "bad boy" Latino boyfriends and Lovers:

Direct the love and romance trenches- today we have three revealing “boots on the ground” stories from American ladies in Latin America. Ladies, find out what every 1st world lady needs to know before stepping into that minefield... 

#2-The truth about Latin America “geeks and nerds”:

Yes every culture has them, even Latin America. If not, how would you ever get your Ant Miner or I-Phone fixed? But unlike their American counterparts, Latin nerds and geeks can actually dance their asses off. How’d that happen? 

#3- Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar” will take place in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. Get on the early bird discount waiting list by sending an email to: www.theexpatfiles@gmail.com 

#4- Temporary and Permanent Residency programs explained:

The details and tips everyone with a “Plan B” needs to know along that journey to getting a 2nd passport   

#5- Expats with School Loan Debts- can you safely skip out on the payments escaping to Latin America, what are the consequences?

Today we talk about School Loan debts and how they can affect expats and expat gonnabees and wannabees. Some expats have absolutely staggering debts, and here are some of the questions they are asking...

#6- When Expats and Wanabees get their Passports blocked: 
The US state department blocked 300000+ US passports last year. WTF is up with that?

 

 

#7- 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  

#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   

Expat Files - 03.22.19

Mar 22, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #841 FRI, MAR 22 (03-22-2019):

 

#1- The Michael Jackson Effect in Latin America:

What you didn’t know about the many Latino street performers and celebrity impersonators, and why there are hundreds of little Michael Jackson moon walkers and not one single Elvis. Do Latinos know or even care about Jacko’s terrible dark side?

 

#2-The Uncle Fidel Effect:

How non-Cuban Latinos feel about Cuba and the Castro brothers

 

#3- Johnny Mueller’s July 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar” will take place in Central America from Saturday, July 6th through Thursday, July 11th. Get on the early bird waiting list by sending an email to: www.theexpatfiles@gmail.com

 

#4- The Present State of Power Outages In Latin America:

How Latinos handle those occasional intermittent power failures and how bad are they and what to expect.

 

#5- Statues, Statues everywhere:

Who in the hell are all those pompous macho looking Bronze guys (yes they are all guys) and what do you know about Latino History and their particular brand of famous Historic Figures? What do Latinos know about them? The answer is, both Gringos and Latinos know practically nothing about their own history..

 

#6- Wow! Look at that butt!!!  Is it, or is it NOT Plastic Surgery?

What percentage of those often gravity defying Latina Butts and curves are real? That’s a question almost all gringos and gringas ask themselves at one time or another (and assume they know the answer to). But since Latin America is a poor region where the average monthly salary is barely $400 all that expensive surgery (prohibitively expensive to Latinos) doesn’t add up. How can so many ladies who barely have the dough to ride the chicken bus be going under the knife???

 

#7- What I really have come to dislike about Air B&B’s:

Air B&B’s…what a good idea right? But after staying in quite a few in the last year I can tell you what irks me..

 

#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 it out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

Expat Files - 03.17.19

Mar 17, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #840 SUN- MAR 17 (03-17-2019): 

#1- Have you heard the good news? Doctors actually make house calls in Latin America – but that unusual service comes at a price:

Yes, and that price is a whopping 25 to 35 bucks! 

#2- Announcing Johnny’s upcoming July 2019 Latin American “Expat Insider” seminar 

#3- Five reasons why you must absolutely have your own propane gas tanks at your new “Plan B” destination in Latin America: 

#4- Everything you need to know about having a continuous hot water supply in your Latin house or apartment:

Sounds like a no brainer, but DYK about 80% of all Latin American homes DO NOT have hot running water? Oddly enough, there will be various hot water options available that you’ve never even seen before. Some don’t work very well, and others will never be up to your gringo standards, and others wok fine.   

#5- Five reasons why you should have as many gas-fired home appliances as possible- and why to avoid electric ones. 

#6- Montezuma’s revenge revisited, and why I avoid buying frozen food in Latin America. 

#7- Going off the grid step-by-step in Latin America.

#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 it out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

Expat Files - 03.15.19

Mar 15, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #839 FRI- MAR 15 (03-15-2019):

 

#1- Latin America –Is there a Best of the Best?

Everyone wants to know how to find the best Latin American city, the best Latin American climate, best food, best cost of living, best beaches, etc., etc. The truth is that the answers depend on YOUR needs and wants. And to get started yourself, you have to begin by writing your own personal (and realistic) wish list… 

#2- Climate Change in Latin America- Part 2:

Is Latin America warming? Today we have a report from a very seasoned expat with many examples that offer proof Mexico is getting colder not warmer. How is that possible?  

#3- The Latin American “noise factor”;

Latinos like noise and are extremely comfortable with it and don’t complain. By our standards the “bullia” is always ramped up and it takes some time for gringos and expats to get used to (and sometimes never).

 

#4- TEN ways Mexico has changed for the worse in just the last five years

 

#5- So you have a “Plan B” but what about a plan “Plan C”?

How about having a 2nd plan on how to get out of Dodge 2.0? When might you need to dump your “Plan B” and move on to “Plan C”. The problem is, if you get your “Plan B” info from rags like International Living, after a few years you may find yourself wanting to get out of Dodge all over again. Wow! Imagine getting out of Dodge and having to do it all over again.

#6- How to ruin a good “Plan B” destination in 3 easy steps: 

#7- 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  

#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 it out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

 

Expat Files - 03.10.19

Mar 10, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #838 SUN- MAR 10 (03-10-2019): 

#1- There’s something special, and a bit odd, about Canadian expats and wanabees

It’s not like US expats and wanabees are all that normal, but who wants to be normal? Normal is boring.

#2- The truth about gringo prices, aka: “the gringo gouge”

It’s complicated, and not just a simple case of local vendors spotting and nicking a “rich” gringo..

#3- What Latin Americans really think of Trump:

It’s no surprise that when he first got into office most Latinos were scared to death, but these days Latinos don’t really think or care about him at all, and here’s why..

#4- Twenty more reasons why it’s time to get out if Dodge while you still can

#5- “Oh, if I could only make it to America”

Today we dissect the average Latina and Latino’s fantasy wish list:

 #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- 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.

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

 

Expat Files - 03.08.19

Mar 8, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #837 FRI- MAR 08 (03-08-2019): 

#1- “Growing Young” The positive effects of living in Latin America and how it affects your health and well-being

Why is it that so many gringos and expats, when visiting back in the states, report that the physical and mental states of their families and friends seems to be deteriorating much faster then they are?

#2- Alternative Medicine, and how to obtain the latest technology stem-cell treatments in Latin America

#3- “The Hip and Knee Replacement Club” are you a member in good standing? (Or sitting?)

#4- An Expat Gringo Psychiatrist gives us his take on the “Happiness Phenomena” that seems to be so prevalent in Latin America and other comparatively poor cultures

#5- Mr. B. talks about how he teachs English on-line from his home in Guatemala City and makes 19 bucks an hour tax free:

An update on making money in Latin America by our favorite English teaching specialist (and a guy with only a HS diploma)- Mister B.  

#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- 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.

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

Expat Files - 03.03.19

Mar 3, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #836 SUN- MAR 03 (03-03-2019):

#1- Hiring and Firing Latin employees- PART 2:

 

There are certain important things every average gringo/expat needs to consider when contracting Latino employees

#2- The $5 an Hour Maid:

How gringos/expat guilt and entitlement issues unwittingly inflate the local cost of living

#3- Are you Anti-Vaccine? If so, you’d better get that “Plan B” in high gear now.

Why? Because certain US agencies have you on a “watch list” and soon you will be labeled as a terrorist. What happens next is that the US State Department will block your passport and travel privileges.

#4- Beware of Expat Bars and other Gringo low-life hangouts

#5- The Frustrating Business of Gringos “Doing Business” in Latin America

#6- When newbee Gringos and Expats have all the answers- look out!

It seems to be a very contagious fresh, green gringo disease- thinking there’s nothing about the Latin American culture that can’t fix with a little dough. Many have tried, but few have succeeded.

#7- 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 

#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 it out at: www.thenewexpat.com

Expat Files - 03.01.19

Mar 1, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #835 FRI- MAR 01 (03-01-2019):

 

#1- Hiring and Firing Latin employees:

The pitfalls and the dangers for gringos and expats 

#2- The poop on those English Language pamphlets and magazines aimed at newly arrived gringos and expats:

Yes, on the gringo tourist trail you’ll find “free” English rags like that at every coffee shop, tienda, restaurant and even the airport. But are they being factual about the local situation when reporting local news stories. Do you even news at all or just repackaged marketing and promo stuff based on who those rags sell their ads to? 

#3- Firing Latin employees and how some will later try to exact more than a dollop of revenge:

Yes, even employees you have fired for stealing will sometimes get the last laugh. 

#4- What are “Termination Benefits?”

They’re what you’ll have to dig into your pocket for if you have to let an employee go for whatever reason. Suppose there’s an emergency and you have leave the country permanently and go back to Cleveland. There’s a good chance you will have to pay off your employees, even your laid-off maid and gardener. And it won’t be cheap.       

#5- Worker’s benefits and what you will have to pay or chip in, above and beyond the regular salary

#6- Have you heard of “Alginaldo, Bono Catorce and/or Decimo”?

Well you’ll sure find out in a hurry, the minute you hire any Latino employees  

#7- 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 

#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 it out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

Expat Files - 02.24.19

Feb 24, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #834 SUN, FEB 24 (02-24-2019): 

#1- Airport, Airline and traveling hacks and tips that will make your door to door journey to Latin America more tolerable.

#2- Picky Picky: gringos and expats complain about the not-much-spoken-of little things that bug people about Living in Latin America:

#3- The “other” Mile High Club: Are you a member? If so, how many times?

#4- Beware of Latin Ladies in the Men’s Room:

Don’t fret guys, in Latin America it’s a steady job.

#4- The Humidity Problems that can be cured:

If you don’t address it quickly, soon enough you’ll be forced to dump some of your nicest cloths and shoes. So then, what to do about it? The first thing Gringos think is “dehumidifier”, which is a bad idea and here’s why….

#5- The Fog situation in the altiplano and cloud forest regions:

It can be a big hazard while driving and persistent during the rainy season –especially at night!

 #6- The truth about buying and growing your own big, fat, juicy, nutritious “butt ugly” fruit. It’s not exportable nor ready for prime-time discriminating “lookism” gringos, but it sure is some fantastic stuff and its everywhere!

 #7- 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 

 #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 it out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

 

Expat Files - 02.22.19

Feb 22, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #833 FRI, FEB 22 (02-22-2019):

#1- Body shaming and “man talk” in Latin America

#2- Managing Bugs, Snakes and Cucarachas (the cyborgs of insects)

Man-sized bugs and snakes are on every new green expat’s mind - and especially on the minds of female expats. Yes, creatures are an undeniable reality but there are some very easy ways to keep them at bay. Hint: much of it depends on where you choose to live out your “Plan B”. If you live at sea level, on the coast or near water they will be much more a part of your life than if you live in the altiplano.       

#3- Sustainability in Latin America when the SHTF:

No doubt when the SHTF in the first world the third world will be affected. But how much? Will you be safe? Should you worry?

#4- Latin American weather and the existence and persistence of “mini-climates”

#5- The present state of Social Justice Warrioring and the LGBT-WTF thing in Latin America:

In that respect I may be old fashioned but thank God, Buddha, Krishna and every other deity real or imagined for good old Latin American “Lag Time” 

#6- Climate change and Latin America:

How much are we insulated from all that by living down here? Will we be ok or should we update our wills and testaments? 

#7- 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 

 #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 it out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

Expat Files - 02.17.19

Feb 18, 2019 28:00

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#1- A Different Kind of “Plan B’

Today we discuss the nomadic roaming “Plan B” option. Some expat wannabes would like nothing better than to move from place to place every few weeks or months, Latin country to Latin country at will. Though it might sound like a typical backpacker’s usual plan, it’s really not. Instead, you might say it more like an “upscale” backpacker’s dream and what might happen if a dyed-in-the-wool backpacker suddenly won the lottery- but never lost his wanderlust. How would a plan like that work, moving around all the time? Could you or would you burn out on travel? Is it even feasible to continuously move on? Sounds like a nice idea for a single person, for a while maybe, or not. Today we point out the many pros and cons, and why you must be careful of what you wish for…

#2- Banking Across Borders in Latin America:

What happens if you have a Latin Bank account or two and you end up travelling or moving to another Latin country? Will that screw up or add some difficulty to your cash and funds situation? Should you get another local bank account at your new digs? Here’s the skinny on that situation...

#3- Latin American Healthcare Insurance Update:

Some tips and tricks on how to find the best plans and coverage at the lowest possible prices

#4- Retirement ain’t what it’s cracked up to be:

After a while often becomes a job in itself. People report it’s a pain trying to fight boredom with so much time on your hands- If you don’t have fulfilling hobbies. There are both empty and fulfilling hobbies ya know. That’s why so many expats eventually find a cool and fun business niche without even trying. New and fun niches fill the gaps…   

#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- 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 it out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

Expat Files - 02.15.19

Feb 15, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #831 FRI, FEB 15 (02-15-2019):

#1- We all have a Doppelganger somewhere in the world, have you met yours?

The more you travel the more chance you have to meet people that think they know you, but really don’t. Instead somehow, somewhere, they have met your doppelganger. No, this is not Woo Woo!

#2- The Black American “Plan B” experience in Latin America- PART 2:

Is their experience different than their white gringo counterparts? Today we have another series of ”boots on the ground” stories about Black gringos living with a “Plan B” in Latin America     

#3- What Latin kids want- the sad truth about the goals and ideas of Latin American University students:

Recent polls and university enrollment data indicate Latin students vastly prefer to have careers in Government than in the private sector. Yes, unfortunately they seem to be just as soft headed as USA university students…   

#4- The “Blancamiento” of Brazil- something that no one talks about:

Did you know that long ago, the (white elite) government of Brazil actually funded the importation of 4 million white Europeans because they felt their society was too Black? The program was called “Blancamiento” and Brazil wasn’t the only Latin country that was officially on board.  

#5- A strange but very interesting discussion about the mythical African country of Wakanda (from the Black Panther movie) and how it somehow relates to the Latin American migration issue

 #6- Common Law Marriage in Latin America:

What gringos, gringas and expats definitely need to know and be aware if they start living with a Latin person 

#7- It’s a fact that nearly every Latin person you meet will tell you they like and admire ex-president Obama, but why?

Nope, they can never tell you what he actually did to deserve their praise but that doesn’t seem to matter. Wow, talk about an incomplete education.. but is it any different with his admirers in the USA?    

 #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 it out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

Expat Files - 02.10.19

Feb 10, 2019 28:00

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#1- I get that you love your vehicle and want it to accompany you to Latin America:

To drive the Ferrari or VW down, or sell it? That is the question.   

#2- The true cost of bringing your favorite vehicle to Latin America:

Yes, the shipping, import duties and sales taxes will gouge you but there are other things to consider. 

#3- Ten slick tricks smart gringos use to ship and/or drive a vehicle to Latin America:

You just might cut the costs by thousands. 

#4- Ten important considerations to buying and/or selling a car in Latin America

#5- Five ways Latin American “used car” dealers can and probably will scam you;

You know what they say about used car dealers. Unfortunately they are all blood brothers with the same disease. Politics is the only other career that’s even less trustworthy

#6- There are times when the used car you’re thinking of purchasing will lie to you:

Today we talk about “Idiots” who mess with “idiot” lights

#7- Are Latin American bank Credit and Debit cards safe?

Yes you should definitely have one or two, but how and when you should use them is another thing.

#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 it out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

Expat Files - 02.08.19

Feb 8, 2019 28:00

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#1- When your “Plan B” changes or goes sour:

One of the biggest dangers to a present or future “Plan B” destination is so called “good publicity”. Mainstream publicity of certain excellent destinations is becoming a big problem and most often the kiss of death for a particular previously off-the-radar paradise. It stands to reason that the more good or positive publicity an expat destination receives the more likely it will be overrun by gringos and expats. Unfortunately newbees eventually arrive in droves turning it into something like what they left the states for in the first place.               

#2- Gringos making money in Latin America - Another look at gringos and expats who need or want to work once they land in their new Latin country

#3 The problem with filing US taxes while living in Latin America-

Is it a problem? DYK that if your sole source of income is a Social Security check (or direct bank deposit of SS) you DO NOT have to file US taxes at all…

#4- Junk cars and vehicle air pollution in Latin America- a quick, easy, cheap and logical solution to put an end to the nasty problem.

The solution is so logical however, that we can expect no Latin Government to ever implement it

#5- Things you must know if you are thinking about driving a car or truck from the USA to Central America

#6- Some common and disturbing hygiene issues that pervade Latin America, and that you can never change 

#7- Recreational drugs and “do gooders” in Latin America

#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 it out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

Expat Files - 02.03.19

Feb 3, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #828 SUN, FEB 03 (02-03-2019):

 

 

#1- THE LATIN PIRATE ECONOMY

Pirate and Knock-Off Goods in Latin America- Today we present an updated comprehensive guide to everything you wanted to know about the counterfeit goods market in a land where it’s all about the price and almost no one really cares about copyrights, licensing or intellectual property rights.

Latin America is the land of knock-off goods. With some fake products making up as much as 50% of a given market. You’d be amazed how many things are counterfeited, faked and/or knocked off. The list includes toys, clothes, shoes, purses, luggage, cosmetics, software, movies, media, video games, medicines, tools, IT services, even pet food, human food and seeds!      

#2- Should gringos and expats buy pirated or knock-off products or NOT? 

#3 Clones and fakes and the Panama/Chinese connection. 

#4- Some Latin Countries specialize in producing certain knock-offs- and today we have the list…. 

#5- Logistically, certain Latin countries have more of a “wild west” free and open attitude concerning buying and producing faked/cloned products.. 

#6- What about local and international law enforcement and the legal aspects of the pirate economy. What are authorities doing about it? 

#7- 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 

 

#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 it all out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

Expat Files - 02.01.19

Feb 1, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #827 FRI, FEB 01 (02-01-2019):

 #1- A day in the Life a “wage slave hostage” Cuban doctor:

It’s a funny thing. Ever since Cuba started sending thousands of selfless medial doctors to far flung regions of Latin America and the 3rd world, most 1st world people have softened their positions a bit on the Cuban regime. And why not? Goods deed like that would seem incongruous and contrary to what we imagine to be a brutal, totalitarian, dictatorial regime. Even now, Americans at dinner parties wonder how a socialist country with people making on average $50 a month can send such numbers of professional “do good” emissaries abroad. Is it for real- a truly a great thing or possibly the greatest PR stunt the Castro brothers have ever pulled? 

Meanwhile, all is not well in paradise as Brazil’s new president fires (kicks out) all 11,000 Cuban doctors working in his country.

#2- How safe are Latin Banks?

Another “boots on the ground” story.

#3- Traveling with repulsive people- Part 2

#4- What about living, working, playing and/or doing business in Chile?

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

Expat Files - 01.27.19

Jan 28, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #826 SUN, JAN 27 (01-27-2019):

#1- Wondering how to avoid Big Brother in Latin America?

Today’s first” boot on the ground” story highlights how your “gringo advantage” cuts through routine attempts at bureaucratic data gathering, for example, when you try to buy a smart phone or internet data plan

#2- Did you know that at certain Latin Airports (like Tucoman in Panama) you can buy cellphone SIM cards in vending machines, without human intervention?   

#3- How to stay under the radar when arranging your Social Security or work pension direct deposit to your new Latin American bank account

#4- Weird Latino names:

Another close encounter with the ridiculous ... and sublime 

#5- Ever wonder how I prepare for this show?

I get a lot of emails about it. Today you’ll find out my methods

#6- Speaking of feces storms, today we have and update on water contamination and purification in Latin America 

#7- The local “grass roots” music scene and mom and pop custom musical instrument shops in Latin America

#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 it all out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

Expat Files - 01.25.19

Jan 28, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #825 FRI, JAN 25 (01-25-2019): 

#1- What they are not telling us/you about the Mexican migrant caravans.

Illegal aliens have always been slipping in and out of the states through the Mexican border but up to a year ago they were always individual, sporadic efforts. These so called “caravans” are a very new thing. They are not organic or self-organizing. Like any cohesive effort they necessarily need advanced planning, leader(s), logistics, advance people, etc., etc. So who is providing the supply lines, logistics, the dough, and to what purpose? 

#2- Tens of thousands of educated and cultured Venezuelans are pouring into much less advanced adjacent Latin countries, like Paraguay Bolivia and Ecuador.

In effect it’s a kind of reverse brain- drain. Though it does have some bad and scary secondary effects. Bad boys do slip through. Sound familiar?  

#3- Gringos wonder why in the hell 4 Latin countries- Panama, Belize, El Salvador and Ecuador- have abandoned their own funny money and switched to US dollar funny money.

It seems strange when visiting. It’s a drastic move that flies in the face of a country’s nationalism, sovereignity and patrimony. So then are they US puppets? What about countries like Ecuador, who are outwardly socialist and not warm to Uncle Sam’s hegemonic tactics? Today we have the real dope on the subject…

#4- A Mexican oil pipeline thief can be either a narco or the nice guy next door.

They are well tolerated and here’s what you didn’t know about them.

#5- The new multi-billion dollar US embassy in Guatemala is under construction on 9.5 acres!

That’s more than double the size of the old gigantic existing embassy which is/was 4 stories and a city block square. Oh and did you know the top 3 floors have always been off limits to US citizens? Can you say “alphabet agencies”? The really bad news is that there are similar money pit monstrosities in 150 foreign country capitals worldwide. So, does that piss you off yet?  

#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   

Expat Files - 01.20.19

Jan 20, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #824 SUN, JAN 20 (01-20-2019): 

#1- The 5 ways Medical Tourism websites and companies gouge gringos and expats:

Today we talk about the cost of Medical Tourism and go through some actually numbers in detail. If you live in Latin America and analyze what these outfits offer, it does not look like a good deal at all and is actually a racket. Yes, to a first world person’s mind it represents a substantial savings, but you can actually cut average medical tourism costs by an additional 50% and in this segment you’ll find out how.   

#2- What ever happened to Airport Etiquette?

We all know how the US govt and TSA have ruined the whole airport travel experience. That said, today we mention a few of the more common but unspoken stressors that are routinely injected into the mix that make airport travel even worse. 

#3- There are a few simple clothing items gringos and expats absolutely need to bring in their carry-on luggage, but they almost never do:

You won’t know till you need them…   

#4- Why I will never move to Colombia:

Don’t believe all that happy good news that International Living is saying about Colombia, especially Medellin. Things are really taking a turn for the worse in many many areas. Today we discuss some critically important things you need to know about Colombia that I.L. and other blogsters and pundits don’t want to touch on.. 

#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   

Expat Files - 01.18.19

Jan 18, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #823 FRI, JAN 18 (01-18-2019): 

#1- Internet data packages for the Latin American common masses are constantly changing and getting faster, cheaper and more convenient:

Find out what IT packages and services are masses are using and you should sign up for them too.. 

#2- A Latin perspective on the USA Govt shutdown:

The dirty little secret is… that if a Latin govt were to have had a general shutdown no one would notice, except for the fact that the traffic will most probably flow much better and faster. 

#3- The problem with bringing simple power tools (like your B&D cordless drill) down to Latin America:

Its a big problem- if you don’t know the TSA and Airline rules about carrying common rechargeable Lithium ion batteries (like in your electric toothbrush or vibrator or drill) TSA will likely take the big expensive stuff from you at the airport and you’ll never see it again.    

#4- What Latin taxi drivers know that you don’t:

He’s the go to guy if you have just landed in a Latin country and want to know the skinny on the local, political, social and internet connectivity climate. He’ll be happy tell you in an instant.

#5- What happens when Latin unions go on strike?

#6-What do Latino working class people think about socialism?

It all seems to depend on if they personally have friends or relatives who have lived in Cuba or Venezuela.

#7- Proper airplane/airport etiquette and the prevalence of stinky and/or repulsive passengers

#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   

Expat Files - 01.13.19

Jan 13, 2019 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #822 SUN, JAN 13 (01-13-2019): 

#1- Amazing Latin American Healthcare full coverage insurance plans are available for Gringos and Expats- with zero to $50 deductible- for a mere $50 to $200 a month:

Yes, it seems unbelievable but are they too good to be true? 

#2- The pitfalls of so called “Medical Tourism”- what you didn’t know and what no one wants to tell you.

Sure, you can save bundle if you pop down to Latin America to have your belly fat sucked out, have dental work done or kidney stone or gall bladder surgery. But guess what? If you make the arrangements through an online medical tourism outfit (there are dozens of such sites.. and in English too), you will pay about TWICE what the local Latinos will pay for the identical service or treatment- at the very same clinics and hospitals and from the very same doctors. Still, for a gringo the price is right and it will look like a great deal but remember, if you come down and do the legwork yourself (and speak Spanish or know someone who does) you can save another 50% off the internet derived “medical tourism” listed fees and not compromise yourself in any way…    

#3- Is Big Brother watching its citizens in Latin America too?

How it is possible that just two cities in Bolivia have 1600 Chinese made ultra-high-tech surveillance cameras that list out at $8000 a piece! Meanwhile, the average Bolivian has no hot running water and the vast majority of towns and cities have no adequate sewage disposal systems or functional water treatment plants (duh?). Turns out the Chinese are worming their way into Latin American governments and industries by giving out and loaning extremely high-tech surveillance equipment (and more) to certain broke and susceptible Latin Governments. The Chinese companies do it by giving the lard-ass Latino bureau-rats offers they just can’t refuse…     

#4- GET A COPY OF JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” at this LINK:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 

#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 

Expat Files - 01.04.19

Jan 4, 2019 28:00

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#1- Using Cryptocurrency in Latin America- Jan 1, 2019 update

The calm before the storm... today's first a 'boots on the ground' story

#2- First World Healthcare at Third World prices- Jan 1, 2019 update

The Canada and UK national healthcare systems exposed. The subject of today’s “boots on the ground story”

#3- What about those Crazy Latino and Latina proper names that would certainly get a kid an ass – whopping up in the states?

Nick names abound in Latin America. That’s the culture. Most are endearing or descriptive and in no way an insult. However, there is no shortage of horrible and confusing birth names given to kids in Latin America too. Periodically you will meet a person who has been burdened with such a moniker and you won’t believe a parent would do that to a kid. Stranger yet, when you meet a person with a mind-blowing name it will almost always be a result of uneducated parents trying to inject a favorite English word or two into a kid’s birth certificate- generally with laughable or embarrassing results (to us gringos anyway who know better)             

#5- GET A COPY OF JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” at this LINK:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

#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  

Expat Files - 12.30.18

Dec 30, 2018 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #820 SUN, DEC 30 (12-30-2018):

 #1- Even the poorest of Latin Americans are addicted to social media and their devices:

Yes it’s true. And it wasn’t such a stunning phenomenon even less than a year ago. But now every tortilla lady and shoe shine boy making but $10 a day- and even street urchins- can be seen glued to their phones. How can that be? Who are they connecting with? How can they afford the data plans, or the cost of a somewhat “smart” phone? What caused all that IT stuff to explode at the street level with the sweaty masses when it barely existed even in the upper classes just a few years ago? More to the point, what’s it doing to the hustle bustle of 3rd world and Latin life? What the hell is the world coming to? Today we'll tell all…     

 #2- The un-stated Latin status "point system": 

In the Latin upper middle and wealthy social structure, the people judge you by what car model and year you have. Meanwhile, in the middle, lower middle and poor Latin classes(people without cars) one is judged by his/her cell phone brand and model (no joke!)

 #3- The smart phone theft epidemic in Latin America- the dark industry that perpetuates itself

 #4- The IRS hammers Expat small businessmen:

The unintended consequences of Trump’s new tax rules

#5- GET A COPY OF JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” at this LINK:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 #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   

Expat Files - 12.28.18

Dec 28, 2018 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #819 FRI, DEC 28 (12-28-2018):

 

#1- How some gringos and expats constantly end up pissing off even the most good-natured Latin Cops:

Or… how to have a very bad day in paradise.          

#2- How to negotiate a bribe with Latin cops and bureaucrats- PART 2.

#3- How to bond with a Latin Cop and why you should do it:

In Latin America it’s always good to have friends in both high and low places. It’s the subject of another amazing, but true “’boots on the ground” story.

#4- Five reason why Latino businessmen prefer gringo and expats clients over their own countrymen:

#5- Gypsy’s, tramps and thieves in Latin America:

How to deal with them without causing a scene or embarrassing yourself (or them)

#6- GET A COPY OF JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” at this LINK:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

#7- 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 

#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 it all out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

Expat Files - 12.23.18

Dec 23, 2018 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #818 SUN, DEC 23 (12-23-2018): 

#1- How to Negotiate bribes and kickbacks with Latin Cops and Bureaucrats       

#2- When Gringos have problems with their Latin America Bank accounts:

Pay attention here everyone, because you will have a Latin bank account and this will certainly happen to you. 

#3- Latin American Labor Unions just love to go on strike:

If so, how do said frequent demonstrations, shutdowns and slowdowns affect gringos and expat lives? 

#4- Some “not so obvious” mistakes that clueless Gringos keep repeating over an over again- make that are easily avoided 

#5- Five important reasons why I would never live in Lima, Peru: 

#6- Some little known but very important advantages to being bilingual (besides overcoming the obvious communication barrier): 

#7- GET A COPY OF JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” at this LINK:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/ 

#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   

Expat Files - 12.21.18

Dec 21, 2018 28:00

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#1- Encountering scary, smart Expats:

Odds are, visiting Latin America, you’ll discover the average Expat gringo by no means “average” at all. Just the fact that an American is on board with a “Plan B” means he/she a thinking person and in a class by himself. However, the same can’t be said about the majority of NGO “do-gooders” that come to Latin America in organized hive-like groups. You’ll encounter many zombiefied NGO mental lightweights- mainly off the tourist trail. You’ll recognize them at airports too, by their eerily similar looks, matching T-shirts and generic “save the world” type kumbayah slogans.          

#2- How NGO "do-gooders" are NOT helping Latin America:

Though their primary goals appear noble- helping the poor unwashed Latin masses- the secondary effects of NGO troopers on the ground, i.e., their freebees and dissemination of socialist political attitudes and platitudes do more harm than good.    

 #3- Procrastination is NOT your friend. The clock is ticking for anyone planning to getting ass and assets out of Uncle Sam-land:

Know that your “Plan B” window of opportunity is very short. Although you may have a year or two get your physical ass out of Dodge, getting your assets out will be another thing. Worse case, you need to be thinking about how to make money once you arrive.             

#4- More inside information on the migrant caravan:

An expat in Mexico gives us his bird’s eye view direct from the front lines

#5- GET A COPY OF JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” at this LINK:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/ 

#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   

Expat Files - 12.17.18

Dec 17, 2018 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #816 SUN, DEC 16 (12-16-2018): 

#1- Living in Latin America is not for Dummies:

Today we have Expat opinions on the subject...

#2- Comparing Suicides in Latin America to USA numbers:

#3- There are Millions of Razor Sharp Machetes in Latin America:

Every household, rich and poor, has one or two tucked away or right out in the open, within reach of the kids. Sounds outrageous right? Should we be worried?

#4- Why is it that nearly all Latin American adults accumulate large numbers of physical scars on their bodies?

#5-Airport and airport layover horror stories:

All frequent travelers have had bad airport days. What was your worst experience? Today we have a Canadian lady’s ‘boots on the ground” story that just might be the topper!

#6- Pirate Taxi assaults:

Stay away from non-official “pirate’ taxis. They are cheaper, but locals do get regularly assaulted and robbed on them. Some are setups. That’s the theme of today’s “boots on the ground” story.

#7- GET A COPY OF JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” at this LINK:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

#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  

Expat Files - 12.14.18

Dec 14, 2018 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #815- FRI, DEC 14 (12-14-2018): 

#1- Cryptocurrency update- Dec 2018:

Does the recent big blowout and the feeling of pessimism and blood in the streets signal the end of Crypto? Not on your life! But we are now certainly witnessing a big wash out of the weak of heart and will. However, if you have the will and the constitution for it, just strap in and try to enjoy the roller coaster ride. Patience is the name of the game...   

#2- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s January 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar” taking place in Central America from Saturday, January 5th through Friday January 11th. See the signup details by visitingwww.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the Seminar link

 #3- Crossing Latin/USA borders with your Crypto hardware wallet and getting hassled by TSA- today we have some cool stories and cool tips:

If you have any Cryptocurrencies at all, you absolutely need a hardware wallet like “Trezor” or “Nano”. However, when crossing borders these physical devices can sometimes be spotted by USA border agents and TSA (note they are like small flash drives). Carrying these have not been a problem until now. However it’s been recently reported that certain unlucky Americans are starting to be quizzed by border agents for said hardware wallet passwords. Then they will make you initialize it to see your USD balance right then and there. It’s all about that $10000 travel cash reporting limit imposed by various countries like the USA. If you carry one should you be worried? Listen up and learn with today’s great “boots and the ground” story..        

#4- GET A COPY OF JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” at this LINK:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 #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   

Expat Files - 12.02.18

Dec 10, 2018 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #812- SUN, DEC 02 (12-02-2018): 

#1- The “Black” American experience in Latin American –PART 1

Judging by the number of emails that come in on the subject, people want to know what it’s like for astute Black Americans who act on their “Plan B” and get out of dodge. Do they have the same “gringo advantage” going for them as White American gringos?    

#2- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s January 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar” taking place in Central America from Saturday, January 5th through Friday January 11th. See the signup details by visitingwww.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the Seminar link 

#3-We all love dogs right?

Today we discuss everything you need to know about having a dog, and the thing you absolutely need to know about the types of dogs you see in homes and on the streets of Latin America.  

 #4- The “Gringo Advantage” strikes again!

Today we have more amazing stories and situations proving the point that Americans automatically gain 2 or 3 points on the “10 scale” the minute they step foot in Latin America. However, do note that particular “Cinderella effect” diminishes the closer you are to the “gringo” tourist trail.       

#5- A certain special “Kindness to strangers” is always on the menu 24/7 in Latin America:

This “boots on the ground” story proves it…

 #7- Some very smart “under the radar” phone privacy steps that phone and internet companies don’t want you to know about.

 #8- GET A COPY OF JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” at this LINK:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 #9- 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 

 #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 it all out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

Expat Files - 12.09.18

Dec 9, 2018 28:00

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#1- Insecticide/Pesticide use in Latin America:

How big a problem is it and how does it concern health conscious gringos? There are many ways to measure pesticide use in a country. For example you may read the total tonnage of pesticide use in a country- but total tonnage is NOT a good measure of the concentration/contamination of the “LOCAL” crops that gringos will certainly be munching on.  

So today we discuss everything you need to know about Latin crops and contamination…

 #2- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s January 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar” taking place in Central America from Saturday, January 5th through Friday January 11th. See the signup details by visitingwww.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the Seminar link 

#3- Why you should never buy imported food- and why you must read the labels and the stickers:

Notice that when in any big, chaotic, central market some fruits and vegetables will NOT have and markings or stickers and some will. What’s that all about?     

#4- What about those massive and gigantic fruits and vegetables you see all over Latin America:

It’s got to be the chemicals right? Well….. 

#5- Did you know that practically every college graduate in Latin America has multiple relatives (mother, father, grandma, grandpa) who are essentially inalfabetizadas (can’t read or write):

And that fact greatly influences the upward and lateral mobility of people crappy Latin neighborhoods 

#6- Today we have the real local Latin “common man” take on the migrant caravans pushing through Mexico and we discuss the real reasons (not the media driven reasons) most Latins want to get to the states. 

#7- GET A COPY OF JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” at this LINK:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/ 

#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 

Expat Files - 12.07.18

Dec 7, 2018 28:00

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#1- Another Dirty Little Secret:

Your Uncle Slam really does not want you to get residency or a 2nd passport/nationality in another country. The US especially doesn’t want you to move your money and assets out of their jurisdiction. That’s why it’s time to get serious about getting a Latin American country residency now. Meanwhile the US government continues to coerce Latin governments into tightening up their residency requirements. It’s easy to figure out why the farmer doesn’t want the sheep to leave the barn. Don't get frozen out of this opportunity.       

#2- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s January 2019 “Expat Insider Seminar” taking place in Central America from Saturday, January 5th through Friday January 11th. See the signup details by visitingwww.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the Seminar link

#3- What is a “Fiador”?:

In Latin America you will hear the word “Fiador” thrown around over when dealing with lawyers, banks, landlords, utility hookups, internet service contracts and more. The truth is that every expat gringo will eventually need a “Fiador”….

#4- What your trusted Latin lawyer can and cannot do for you:

#5- What to do if when applying for a Latin country residency, your required police “good conduct” report comes up bad or spotty:

Yes, in certain cases there may be some work arounds and back door solutions…

#6- There is a strange new word in your expat vocabulary. That word is “Apostilled”. After getting your residency documents together, the final step is to get them “Apostilled”. Today you will find out everything you need to know about that process.

#7- GET A COPY OF JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” at this LINK:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

#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   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

Expat Files - 11.30.18

Nov 30, 2018 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #811- FRI, NOV 30 (11-30-2018): 

#1- What’s your “Plan B” climate and living comfort zone?

Today we talk about beachfront living versus “altiplano” living and how to balance the two

 #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 visit www.TheNewExpat.com and click on the Seminar link

 #3- Things you never knew about Latin American Healthcare plans (updated Nov 2018) :

Insurance matters are always in a state of flux. Today we offer some tips for gringos and expats looking to buy into a first-world style Latin healthcare insurance policies. Yes, there are some very very good and amazingly inexpensive policies out there but it’s a minefield and you really have to know what you are doing and how to suss them out, since virtually all the administrators speak Spanish and naturally the paperwork is presented in Spanish. Because “private” health insurance is a relatively new concept in Latin America, gringos and expats soon find out it’s not much like shopping for health insurance in the states. Oh, and there’s an odd assumption (and it’s not money)all Latin insurance brokers have about gringos that must be dispelled right away…          

#4- The scary way the Chinese are secretly buying up and optioning-off certain Latin country resources and bribing Latin governments with loans they can never pay back( they have their favorites and leave others alone):

How to avoid ending up in a Latin country that is under the Chinese thumb or that will end up as a future Chinese satellite…   

#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   

 

Expat Files - 11.25.18

Nov 25, 2018 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #810- SUN, NOV 25 (11-25-2018): 

#1- Tips for choosing the proper private Schools for your Gringo-Expat kids 

#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 visit www.TheNewExpat.comand click on the Seminar link 

#3- Home schooling your kids in Latin America:

Is home schooling even possible? 

#4- The truth about Latin Private Schools and the transplanted gringo teachers who work there: 

#5- Gringo Teacher Burnout:

Why are there so many Ex-US Public school teachers traveling and working in Latin America? The mystery is… why have so many older and younger US teachers thrown in the towel on their teaching careers up north? We all hear complaints from US teachers about the low pay. It’s not that simple. Why do so many start teaching again in Latin American private schools- and for less than ¼ of their first-world salary? 

#6- Helicopter Schools:

Most medium and large cities have a dozen or more, expensive, private, so-called “helicopter” schools. The truth is that are many subtle and not so subtle differences between each of them, and it's not just in the cost of tuition (and the costs do vary quite a bit). 

#7- Tips on how to save a ton of money building a home and finding an architect 

#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  

Expat Files - 11.23.18

Nov 23, 2018 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #809- FRI, NOV 23 (11-23-2018): 

#1- When Preppers are happily deluded into thinking they actually have a realistic “Plan B”:

In reality none have really thought it through, and if they have they would see that they are only half way there and if they remain in the states when TSHTF they hardly have even a “Plan- A minus” 

#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 visit www.TheNewExpat.comand click on the Seminar link

 #3- DYK that since 1995, those malignant US Federal Government slugs (working for you- ha!) have enacted no less than 88,997 new laws, regulations and statutes in order to keep you in line.

Yes, sheep…its proof that you/we are truly are committing 3 felonies a day and probably a lot more! 

#4- The truth about Expat Bloggers:

As always, there are good, bad, ugly and great Expat Bloggers, but truthfully many are just one-note trumpets that mostly suck 

#5- What you absolutely need to know about owning an Expat beach house versus owning an Expat city house or apartment 

#6- When Expat Gringos STINK! And other sordid stories of grungy gringos gone native

#7- 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  

#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 it all out at: www.thenewexpat.com  

Expat Files - 11.18.18

Nov 18, 2018 28:00

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#1- Cuban cigars, world-class coffee and other legal Gringo vices: 

#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 visit www.TheNewExpat.comand click on the Seminar link 

#3- Johnny’s quick and dirty coffee primer in one easy lesson:Even in the seemingly innocuous coffee business we have the good the bad the ugly and the great 

#4- How gringos smuggle Cuban cigars into the states   

#5- Luggage locks zippers and plastic wrap; Or… how to keep your stowed luggage from being violated by bad boy baggage handlers slugs 

#6- A sneak peek at Johnny’s own personal travel kit: Ever wonder how and what I pack in my own travels? 

#7- 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  

#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 it all out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

Expat Files - 11.16.18

Nov 16, 2018 28:00

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#1- Today we have a Latina and a Gringa lady getting in the final words on mating/dating and mixed culture romantic relationships   

#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 visit www.TheNewExpat.comand click on the Seminar link 

#3- Today we have a case where a listener so seriously hates his soul-deadening first-world job (stuck all day in a cubicle)that it became the final straw that pushed him to get his “Plan B” underway. He’s by no means the Lone Ranger! What about you?

 #4- More and more newly arrived expats and gringos are calling themselves Libertarians or believe strongly in libertarian principles. They are definitely NOT affiliated with or have anything in common with republicans or democrats. Even so, they are greatly outnumbered by gringo and expat “do gooder” democrat types with definite socialist leanings, with a huge number of them collecting US public school teacher’s pensions. Hmm, what does that tell you? And as for republicans, they are well outnumbered down here by the more vocal democrats     

#5- There is no daylight saving time in Latin America. Why? Because there is no daylight to save! In the vast majority of Latin countries-where gringos set up their “Plan B's”- the sun rises and sets pretty much at the same time every day, more or less at 6 am and 6 pm year round. 

#6- Hiking and camping in the boonies of Latin America. It sounds like fun, but isn't it dangerous? Yes, there are always rumors going around to that effect, but are they true? 

#7- What might be the proper (or suggested) guns and ammo to have in Latin America? That's always a question from gringos and expats who were used to having guns up in the states for self-defense or sport.

#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   

Expat Files - 11.11.18

Nov 11, 2018 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #806- SUN, NOV 11 (11-11-2018): 

#1- TEN Things we take for granted up in Cleveland that unfortunately just aren’t on the radar here in Latin America 

#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- Little known details (or lack thereof) you should consider when looking to rent or buy a property in Latin America

 #4- There’s something odd about your Latin kitchen and the selection of kitchen and laundry appliances:

You have your choice of cooking with either a gas or electric or gas stove:There are the pros and cons regarding each… and many other things to consider. In addition, there are some small but important details and things that will have never crossed your mind. 

#5- There is sort of an indigenous “bulletproof” glass ceiling: Here’s what that’s all about… and what you need to be aware of. 

There is a good chance your household help will be coming from the local indigenous pueblo. There are many many things about that culture you should be clued into, considering that you’ll probably be hiring a maid, maintenance man and/or gardener. It’s the subject of today’s “boots on the ground” story. 

#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   

Expat Files - 11.09.18

Nov 9, 2018 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #805- FRI, NOV 09 (11-09-2018): 

#1- Police radar traps set for gringos and other tourist-trail tricks lard-ass Latin cops have come to rely on for bribes 

#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- “Clueless” Gringos versus merely “Stupid” Gringos:

There is a difference you know.. 

#4- “Google Translate”- it’s not such a stellar app after all, there are some definite cons to it. 

#5- The fatal flaws found in most all Latin American city street and hwy designs. The perpetual mystery of why so many retarded, pin-headed Latin civil engineers obsess over “one-way” streets 

#6- Your lying Latin landlord and what you can expect (or not expect) from one 

#7- Latin American “condo” and “residential tower” rules and regs. Yes they have them in writing but are they tough enough? Are they enforced? 

#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 

Expat Files - 11.04.18

Nov 4, 2018 28:00

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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   

Expat Files - 11.02.18

Nov 2, 2018 28:00

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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   

Expat Files - 10.28.18

Oct 28, 2018 28:00

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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   

Expat Files - 10.26.18

Oct 26, 2018 28:00

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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   

Expat Files - 10.21.18

Oct 21, 2018 28:00

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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   

Expat Files - 10.19.18

Oct 19, 2018 28:00

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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   

Expat Files - 10.12.18

Oct 12, 2018 28:00

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#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   

Expat Files - 10.07.18

Oct 7, 2018 28:00

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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   

 

Expat Files - 10.05.18

Oct 5, 2018 28:00

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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   

 

Expat Files - 09.30.18

Sep 28, 2018 28:00

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 #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   

Expat Files - 09.28.18

Sep 28, 2018 28:00

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 #1-The Gringo / Expat Lonely Hearts Club Band- PART 1

Gringos, mostly first-world losers in the love and romance department, have discovered the plethora of Latin American cupid and dating sites.

And it usually goes like this.. the gringo guy first hooks up online then make one or more visits down to connect with the online “sweetheart” … 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 these Latinas come with a whole lotta baggage. Yes it’s a minefield out there and many gringos get taken for a ride…

#2- Latin drunk driving laws are extremely lax and go virtually unpunished compared to the reaming you get from the authorities in the states:

That’s one reason why such a high percentage of Latin men (it’s always the men), when in the states illegally, get picked up for one or more DUIs or worse. There are many many such reports of accidents injuries and deaths perpetrated by intoxicated illegals (with or without fake licenses), but the mainstream media doesn’t like to cover that kind of stuff. Why? because it’s bad PR for the open border lamebrains.

#3-Prejudice and racism within Latin populations:

There are many Latin countries like Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba and Dominican Republic where color based racism is not much of an issue. However there are Latin countries where class/color prejudice and racism far outpaces anything you may have witnessed in the USA.

#4- Millions of Venezuelan migrants have overstayed their welcome and are taking their toll on the neighboring countries: When a few tricked in all was fine but suddenly they are not much welcomed anymore. Citizens of other Latin countries are getting pretty pissed off at them for various reasons and voicing it openly too (sound familiar). Well, well..talk about Karma..  

#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   

 

Expat Files - 09.24.18

Sep 24, 2018 00:28:00

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#1-Discussing the completely over the top ways that both Latin governments and businesses use sex and hot women in marketing, promotion, advertising and in political campaigns. 

#2- Ten things you never knew about the female modelling and so–called “Edecan” employment agencies in Latin America  

#3-How “lag time” has put the breaks on the feminism and Social justice warrior movements in Latin America.’Yes, the activist are in and around Latin America and yes, they are taking their cues from what’s happening up in the states but…..   

#4- Though all 20 Latin countries have Spanish as their main language, people in different Latin countries spe [...]

Expat Files - 09.21.18

Sep 21, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #792 SUN, SEPT 21- (09-21-2018): 

#1-Big Brother Influence and penetration in Latin America:

How pervasive is it? What Latin countries are serious about implementing it US style. What about the presence of that good old “lag time” effect? 

#2- We know all about the cancer called socialism and its malignant effects in Latin America via Venezuela and Cuba. Even so, people never learn and are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past: Sound familiar? That said, what Latin countries are next in line to follow down that sad and depressing trail? Some are on the road to ruin already.

Expat Files - 09.16.18

Sep 16, 2018 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #791 SUN, SEPT 16- (09-16-2018): 

#1- Handicapped and mobility challenged gringos and expats in Latin America- PART 2:

Today we discuss various healthcare and insurance options for gringos and expats whether handicapped or not     

#2- For elderly and impaired gringos and expats living in Latin America there is always that amazing full-time live-in nurse option  

#3- People wonder why Guatemala can be such a good “Plan B” option.

An expat tells his “boots on the ground” tales after living in Guatemala for a year and then returning home to the states. Now he’s lamenting that he ever left Guatemala.    

#4- Certain TV and YouTube programs- no not lessons or classes- can really help you with your conversational Spanish skills.. but which ones are a waste of time and which ones should you watch?

 #5-A Latin real estate bubble update:

#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   

 

Expat Files - 09.14.18

Sep 14, 2018 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #790 FRI, SEPT 14- (09-14-2018): 

#1-Gringos doing business in Latin America:Yes gringos and expats with businesses always have the usual startup problems and some very UN-usual ones to! 

#2- Handicapped and mobility challenged gringos and expats in Latin America- PART 1:

Today we have a quite extensive “boots on the ground” segment presented to us by a blind American who has lived and traveled in many places in Latin America. 

#3- When Gringos and Expats get bad advice;

Gringo retirement rags, blogs, books and outfits like International Living are big on giving green gringos "expert" advice and they are excellent at furthering their own agendas- as well as pushing their own land a real estate projects. The problem is that they almost always give the so-called hot scoop on Latin destinations way too late… long after the party’s over and ship has sailed. So then what’s an expat gonnabee or wannabee to do?     

#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

Expat Files - 09.09.18

Sep 9, 2018 28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #789 SUN, SEPT 09- (09-09-2018):

 #1-The how and when and the serendipity behind Expats finding their own unique Latin American business niches: It's the subject of today’s first “boots on the ground” story  

 #2- Food trucks and their lag-time in Latin America: Just five years ago there virtually no food trucks in Latin America- save for Mexico and Costa Rica. Now they are everywhere. A retired "Jarhead" living in Latin America tells why. How’d that happen and how did they get to Latin America all the way from Cleveland? 

#3-What you didn’t know about the presence of ex-USA military guys in Latin America: A retired "Jarhead" living in Latin America tells why. 

#4-When “awesome” is no longer “awesome”:A second look at my least favorite “A” word.  

#5- Important late-breaking Chicken bus news you will never hear spoken about in the first-world media  

#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   

Expat Files - 09.07.18

Sep 7, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #788 FRI, SEPT 07- (09-07-2018): 

#1-When Gringos rip-off Gringos- PART 2:

It’s a well-established pattern. Long-term Gringos with larceny in their hearts continuously hatch schemes to rip-off short term/newly arrived Gringos. Why does it keep happening? And why, when they get caught, do they not up in court, or jail… but instead pop-up elsewhere with a new twist on an old racket? 

#2- So you’ve finally arrived in Latin American and plan to stay, and you have money to invest:Who do you trust for advice? … your new gringo buddy(s) who seem to really know the ropes, or your new English speaking Latin buddy(s) who grew up in your newly adopted homela [...]

Expat Files - 09.02.18

Sep 2, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #787 SUN, AUG 02- (09-02-2018): 

#1-Lost in translation: the English language versus Spanish language  

Cultural bias, nationalism and sensitive egos prevail in so-called in Latin American “educated” circles if one (especially a gringo) happens to bring up the fact that English is more flexible for writers than is Spanish.Bringing up the fact that there is only one Spanish language book (Don Quixote)listed in definitive lists of “the 100 most influential fiction works of all time” just seems to irritate and piss off most Latins (meaning the tiny percentage who actually read)                                                                [...]

Expat Files - 08.31.18

Aug 31, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #786 FRI, AUG 31- (08-31-2018): 

#1-What to do when you have to establish credit in Latin America:

How to build your Latin credit profile- if you so desire.                                                                                          

#2- The difference between a “Fiador” and “Co-signer””

You will need one or the other when renting a place, getting utility hookups and internet service. But what are they?   

Expat Files - 08.26.18

Aug 26, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #785 SUN, AUG 26- (08-26-2018): 

#1-Some of the hidden advantages of living and hanging out “off the tourist trail”                                                                                          

#2- When Gringos rip-off Gringos.

There are lots of unscrupulous Gringos just waiting for the chance to get at your wallet. Beware of “golden” once in a lifetime investment opportunities. Most of them are offered up by gringo (not Latin) scammers who have been on the tourist trail honing their pitches. They know all too well that newbee gringos [...]

Expat Files - 08.24.18

Aug 24, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #784 FRI, AUG 24- (08-24-2018): 

#1-Expat Canadians and their tax problems: Part2                                                                                          

#2- Johnny gets shaken down by a pair of Latin motorcycle cops:

And after a 20 buck payoff, suddenly they are all best friends and bosom buddies. Yes, only in Latin America!! 

#3-Dirty Dancing- the dirty truth about salsa and meringue dance classes for gringos and gringas here in Latin America[...]

Expat Files - 08.19.18

Aug 19, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #783 SUN, AUG 19- (08-19-2018): 

#1-Revisting Roatan, Honduras:

An expat gringo finds a unique business niche nearby… the local Latinos don’t get it, but it’s an idea whose time has come.

 #2- Details, Details: why practically every Latin construction and/or remodeling project never quite makes the grade (the first world grade).

Why do so many Latin remodeling “after” pictures look as bad as the “before“ pictures? 

#3-The dirty truth about “selective” power outages in Latin Ameri [...]

Expat Files - 08.17.18

Aug 17, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #782 FRI, AUG 17- (08-17-2018): 

#1-What Uncle Sam doesn’t want you to know about those US embassies and consulates abroad:

The bottom line is, even though these big, super-expensive, reinforced and heavily guarded behemoths can be found most foreign capital cities, the embassy slugs are NOT actually there to help you- nope not your  average US citizen. It’s the subject of today’s first “boots on the ground” story. 

#2- Congrats gringo! You finally have your permanent residency in a Latin country. Now what?

Today we discuss the next logical thing to do- the s [...]

Expat Files - 08.12.18

Aug 12, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #781 SUN, AUG 12- (08-12-2018):

 #1-Oddball but prescient observations of PT (permanent travelers) in Latin America

 #2-How to remain a clueless gringo: Things expats never seem to learn no matter how long they stay in Latin America

 #3-TEN Things you must be aware of while staying connected with unsecured WiFi at hotels restaurants and internet café’s in Latin America.

#4-When Gringos sue or get sued in Latin courts 

#5-Today we have numerous stories depicting some of the s [...]

Expat Files - 08.10.18

Aug 10, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #780 FRI, AUG 10- (08-10-2018):

 #1- Everything you need to know about pirated goods in Latin America:Like the government’s failed war on drugs that was lost even before it began, there is an ongoing failed war on pirated goods too. The fact is that pirated goods are so pervasive Latin society it seems absolutely everybody has at least some pirated stuff around (because it’s cheap) and no one really cares about intellectual property rights at all.    

  #2- Tales of border crossing problems:A report on the increasing troubles gringos and expats experience when they continue to live in Latin America and do not apply for temporary or permanent residency

Expat Files - 08.05.18

Aug 5, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #779 SUN, AUG 05- (08-05-2018): 

#1- The hidden costs of having and maintaining a pool in Latin America.

Almost all gringos and expats think having a pool is mandatory here whether they live in a private home, a condo complex or residential tower. The truth is that if you live in the “perfect spring weather of the altiplano region a pool is unnecessary and in fact will be little used unless swimming is really your thing. Just know that if you have a pool of your own it’s going to be an expensive proposition too, and here’s why..   

 #2- Those Latin American “Cost of Living” lies, fibs and deliberate misinformation:

Expat Files - 08.03.18

Aug 3, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #778 FRI, AUG 03- (08-03-2018):

#1- Deciphering Latin American private healthcare plans and policies.

What gringos and Expats need to know.

 #2- When you purchase a Latin Healthcare plan, the policies, coverage exceptions and limitations are all spelled out in a big multi-page, often confusing, document. Worse yet its in Spanish. So now what?

#3-Some tip on making doctor or clinic appointments in Latin America and a word about those $7.50 cash fees for doctor and specialist appointments…

#4-T [...]

Expat Files - 07.29.18

Jul 29, 2018 00:27:59

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#1- Health and Fitness Clubs in Latin America:

Today we have the lowdown on Latin gyms, memberships, personal trainers boxing, and tennis. You name it in sports, they have it here in Latin America..  

 #2- Some tips you will appreciate concerning golfing, golf courses and clubs and memberships in Latin America

 #3- The cost of living “large” in Latin America;

Some gringos and expats live very large in Latin America. Why not? If one can afford it. The thing is whether livin’ large or not.. is to try to maintain a low profile. 

Expat Files - 07.27.18

Jul 27, 2018 00:27:59

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #776 FRI, JULY 27- (07-27-2018):

#1- Expats will find housing construction errors and defects in even the most upscale and ritzy million dollar Latin homes. Yes many look spectacular from the street and with gardens to die for but…

#2- TEN tips that will make life easier whether you decide to build, buy or rent in Latin America.

#3- The TWO things you should NEVER do or delegate to your builder or architect when constructing your own home

#4- Why a certain percentage of new gringo expats eventually throw in the towel and go back home

Expat Files - 07.22.18

Jul 23, 2018 00:27:59

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #775 SUN, JULY 22- (07-22-2018):

#1- No one is the guru or expert on all that goes on in Latin America. I re-learn that lesson practically every week. Funny thing is that when you start believing you’ve got a great handle on things and maybe even become a “know it all” something happens that makes you feel like a novice or worse yet, a dolt. It’s the subject of today’s “boots on the ground story”  

#2- Astute Canadians are really getting pissed off at their dystopian government often seeing that their only alternative is to pack up and develop a Plan B.

Meanwhile the Canadian government is loosening immigration policies and more or les [...]

Expat Files - 07.20.18

Jul 20, 2018 00:27:59

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #774 FRI, JULY 20- (07-20-2018):

#1- Notes from my July 2108 Latin American Insider seminar:

It just wrapped up a few days ago….

#2- Your best revenge against Montezuma’s revenge:

Having explosive diarrhea in a foreign country is uncomfortable, embarrassing and a pain in the ass for both you and the janitor. Some gringos think it just happens, a fact of life. However, there are definite ways to avoid it, but most gringos, tourists and especially backpackers don’t take precautions and nearly always bring it on themselves.  

Expat Files - 07.08.18

Jul 8, 2018 00:27:59

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #773 SUN, JULY 08- (07-08-2018):

#1- When Latin Cops extort and demand bribes:

Latin cops know that women drivers are not easily extorted, but men are!

Today’s “boots on the ground” story

 #2- There is one particular country in Latin America that has the highest traffic fines in the world so look out!! 

Can you guess the country? Even though the vast majority of Latin countries have traffic fines that are laughable compared to first world countries, there is this one huge exception to [...]

Expat Files - 07.06.18

Jul 6, 2018 00:27:59

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #772 FRI, JULY 06- (07-06-2018):

#1- Need to make money in Latin America?

In today’s discussion we talk about how to find a business niche or create one, and then how to fill it.

 #2- More on the Gold and Silver purchase and shipment situation in Latin America;

DYK that there are many active gold and silver mines that are producing in Latin America? So where do you think the ore gets refined and made into coins and ingots? How about in Latin America?  

 #3- www.OLX.com- You must check it ou [...]

Expat Files - 07.01.18

Jul 1, 2018 00:27:59

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #771 SUN, JULY 01- (07-01-2018):

#1- Big Brother is making it harder and harder for you to get your ass an assets out of dodge:

Today we have an amazing “boots on the ground” story of just how bad it can get and what kind of wringer the bureaucrats can put you through if they have a mind to(we’re assuming they have minds). Worse yet, this example comes from those so-called ‘terminally nice folks” up there in Canada.       

#2- Our newly insured Gringa takes her first trip to a medical specialist and visits a 1st world hospital/clinic for tests and more- Part 2: It’s our latest and greatest, extremely informative and ey [...]

Expat Files - 06.29.18

Jun 29, 2018 00:27:59

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #770 FRI, JUNE 29- (06-29-2018):

#1- What if you want a “Plan B” get away but your partner doesn’t:

If your better half doesn’t necessarily want to go along with the “Plan B” concept and get out of dodge, then what? What if you are all gung-ho for it and he or she just ain’t?

 #2–What about gringos and expats with mobile homes in Latin America?

Some RV folks would like to start “Plan B” by hauling or driving down an RV from the states or Canada. That means driving through Mexico and heading to parts “south” of south of the border. Does that [...]

Expat Files - 06.26.18

Jun 26, 2018 00:27:59

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #769 SUN, JUNE 24- (06-24-2018):

#1- Writing the great Un-American novel;

If and when you act on your Plan b and finally come down to Latin America you will have lot of time on your hands. So with time to act on all or most of the things you ever wanted to do when you were back on the treadmill. You could for example write that great Un-American novel that’s been percolating in your head for years. Seems everyone with penchant for reading books has had the fleeting or not so fleeting idea they could probably write one. Why not? We all have at least one good yarn in us.

 

 #2–W [...]

Expat Files - 06.22.18

Jun 21, 2018 00:27:59

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #768 FRI, JUNE 22- (06-22-2018):

#1- The trouble with Latin Airports:

Except for the usual suspects like Costa Rica, Colombia and Panama(who when you land tag, record and monitor you like Big Brother in the states) in the other Latin countries it’s very easy and fast to check in and board a flight. The fact is you only have to be there an hour early (or less) and not the two or more two hours stated on the airline websites and boarding passes. However, more Big Brother methods are on horizon with retinal scanners having recently been installed in the Mexico City airport. So keep an eye out for that eventuality (ha!)..     

 #2- When Latin maintenan [...]

Expat Files - 06.17.18

Jun 17, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #767 SUN, JUNE 17- (06-17-2018):

#1- Today we dissect a strange email from a guy in Canada who is absolutely happy working for the man, spinning his life away on his own personal treadmill. He’s a happy cog and wouldn’t have it any other way and thinks his wife (who is an avoid listener) is nuts.

 #2- Yes the USA financial thugs can and will freeze your brokerage or bank account just because you happen to take a vacation in Cuba, even though traveling there is completely legal: Yes the US is in full financial police state mode judging by this very recent true story. Yet another reason you must get at least some of your assets out of the Dodge while you still can. Even better- try to get your own ass ou [...]

Expat Files - 06.15.18

Jun 15, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #766 FRI, JUNE 15- (06-15-2018):

#1-Expat Eddie is back:

Today’s Eddie story is a kind of weirdly mixed morality tale. It may seem out of place but does contain some serious lessons for all gringos, expats and wannabees.

#2- Gringos love their shipping containers:

Today a few words for gringos, expats and wannabees seriously thinking their plan B should include sending a shipping container or two to their chosen Latin destination

#3–More bad news out of Ecuador that you won’t likely see on the 1st [...]

Expat Files - 06.10.18

Jun 10, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #765 SUN, JUNE 10- (06-10-2018):

#1-Volcano Update:

What do I (Johnny) know about active volcanos? What makes me a sort of expert on the subject or am I just spewing hot gas and ash again? Well the fact is that I once owned a house on the British Caribbean Island of Monserrat. The island’s sole volcano, which had only once erupted in 400 years wiped out the upscale British neighborhood my house was in. All of us were stupid gringos who didn’t do our homework. Funny enough my neighbor was George Martin (producer of the Beatles). His house and famous music studio (AIR studios) were wiped out too.  Worse yet our insurance company went bankrupt so we didn’t get reimbursed. Some luck huh?

Expat Files - 06.08.18

Jun 8, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #764 FRI, JUNE 08- (06-08-2018):

#1-Everything you wanted to know about volcanoes and what to do if there’s and active one nearby: There are hundreds of volcanoes in Latin America but only about a dozen active and smoldering. One should be aware of the necessary safe living and working distances from any sleeping giant.   

 #2- When you fall down and can’t get up: accidents and poor infrastructure: A simple walk down the streets of Latin America can be hazardous since obstacles, poorly placed utility power poles, missing utility covers and uneven steps can present problems. So if you want a twisted ankle or worse, keep staring at your smartphone.

Expat Files - 06.03.18

Jun 4, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #763- SUN, JUNE 03- (06-03-2018):

#1-Things around you Latin house or apartment will break:

So today we review the things you will need around the house or apartment that you may not have thought at all. Houses are built much differently in Latin America and the standard Sears homeowner’s toolbox you have under the sink just won’t suffice.

 

#2- What Latin landlords are likely to pull on you when you leave and it comes time to get your deposit back. In other words … don’t count on it.

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Expat Files - 06.01.18

Jun 1, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #762- FRI, JUNE 01- (06-01-2018):

#1- We discuss more gringo business ideas and niches: Today as usual, we hit on a variety of topics, from Venezuelan escapees to astute but pragmatic gringos working at US embassies who knowingly, when they arrive each morning, check their brains at the door.  

 #2- Now, for you non-entrepreneurial gringos and expats:

Today we go into more detail on gringo job possibilities since you might find it necessary to quickly earn some substantial dough upon arrival in Latin America.

#3 –Is Latin America a good place for handicapped people to [...]

Expat Files - 05.27.18

May 27, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #761- SUN, MAY 27- (05-27-2018):

#1- Today we discuss a few of the major changes that have unfolded for expats living in Latin America over the last decades- some for the better some for the worse.

#2- Gringos and Expats are just unaware that in 99.9% of Latin homes the mothers and maids cook with palm oil and margarine. Unfortunately Latinos are totally unaware of the science behind these two rather ominous cooking so-called food sources. Try to tell a Latino that margarine and palm oil are actually bad for one’s health and you’re guaranteed to get that strange “crazy gringo” look.

#3 – Health Insurance group p [...]

Expat Files - 05.25.18

May 25, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #760- FRI, MAY 25- (05-25-2018):

#1- Latinos view us so-called “rich” and “generous” gringos differently, depending whether we are on or off the tourist trail: That means where you are or hang out in Latin America determines how you will be viewed and treated by the locals.

#2- The truth about the Latin Job market for Gringos and Expats: Today’s “Boots on the ground” story describes what it takes to start making money in Latin America along with some tips on how to find (or stumble into)your particular “niche”

#3- Tips for gringos and expats who may need to make money quickly once they arrive: With the internet there are now man [...]

Expat Files - 05.20.18

May 20, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #759- SUN, MAY 20- (05-20-2018):

#1- Notice on your next visit to Latin America that surveillance cameras are starting to pop up all over the place: What’s that all about? Should we be worried?

#2- The lowdown on sending packages and letters to and from friends and relatives up in the states: today we have a snail mail and courier service update.

#3- The truth about Smart Phones and Dumb Phones in Latin America:

My suggestion when you get down to Latin America is to have one of each for specific uses, and here’s why…  

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Expat Files - 05.18.18

May 18, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #758- FRI, MAY 18- (05-18-2018):

#1- A (not so) funny thing happened to me on the way to my Latin dentist’s office:

Today’s first boots on the ground story is a sad but telling one- on many levels. It’s the story of, love, life, luck (both bad and good) mixed in with a little larceny. 

#2- Now for another amazing story of love and luck. This time direct from Venezuela. 

#3- A bad omen- I used to get a steady trickle of emails from regular listeners in Venezuela but unfortunately over the last few months those emails have stopped cold. 

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Expat Files - 05.13.18

May 13, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #757- SUN, MAY 13- (05-13-2018):

#1- What the hell is going in Nicaragua? Part 1:

Marches in the streets, people dying at the hands of the cops and the military, my how things change. It used to be such a highly touted and peaceful place for gringos and expats retiring and relocating. Why not so long ago International Living and most all of the retirement rags and bloggers gave it a #1 thumbs up (though I never went all in myself) yet they all seemed to forget theirs a killer, rapist, psychopath in charge. Once a psycho always a psycho. Though it’s true that with a cistern it’s always the biggest chunks of crap that float to the top. 

#2- Carr [...]

Expat Files - 05.11.18

May 11, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #756- FRI, MAY 11- (05-11-2018):

#1- Are there any Latin countries on the fast track to becoming 1st world or somewhat 1st world? Just what do the terms 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th world mean?

 #2- Plastic, easy credit, high interest loans and extended payment plans are ripe temptations for the Latin public. Most Latinos have no money in the bank… hmm, now where have we heard that one before?

 #3- Argentina is fast becoming an economic basket case once again: Its currency (the peso) is in near free-fall against the US dollar and the [...]

Expat Files - 04.29.18

Apr 28, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #754-FRI, APR 27- (04-27-2018):

#1- Gringos and Expats express their greatest regrets in life:

#2- Is it true that Expats and Gringos living NEAR but not ON the tourist trail have more fun?

#3- The DIY (cheap) method of obtaining Residency in a Latin country versus hiring a Latin immigration attorney to assist you in the process

#4- What about daylight saving time in Latin America? Latin countries never signed on to it and here’s why…

#5- When and why tropical birds will commit suicide on your property: Yes unfortunately it does happen and it’s sad. I lose about one or two birds a month that way myself. No I’m not talking about driveway chickens but the Nat Geo quality kind.

#6- How and way narcos are fast switching from drugs to the Mexican oil theft business

#7-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7 th thru Thursday, July 12 th [...]

Expat Files - 04.27.18

Apr 27, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #754-FRI, APR 27- (04-27-2018):

#1- Gringos and Expats express their greatest regrets in life:

#2- Is it true that Expats and Gringos living NEAR but not ON the tourist trail have more fun?

#3- The DIY (cheap) method of obtaining Residency in a Latin country versus hiring a Latin immigration attorney to assist you in the process

#4- What about daylight saving time in Latin America? Latin countries never signed on to it and here’s why…

#5- When and why tropical birds will commit suicide on your property: Yes unfortunately it does happen and it’s sad. I lose about one or two birds a month that way myself. No I’m not talking about driveway chickens but the Nat Geo quality kind.

#6- How and way narcos are fast switching from drugs to the Mexican oil theft business

#7-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7 th thru Thursday, July 12 th [...]

Expat Files - 04.22.18

Apr 22, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #753-SUN, APR 22- (04-22-2018):

#1- Words of wisdom from gringos who left the US a long while back and are now expert expats.

#2- The seedy side of gringos and expats: If you want to see the dark side of gringo life and meet gringos and expats who’ve gone native check out the nearest gringo/expat bar (before noontime if possible). I’ve often wondered how many millions in Social Security and Disability Checks have gone to pay for booze, bar snack and greasy tacos with mystery meat here in Latin America. Welcome to today’s ”boots on the ground” story…

#2- There are basically TWO kinds of backpackers- Gringos and Europeans. There are some very big differences too…

#3- When Gringos go wild, native and illegal- Part 2

#4- Cuba for expats –Part 2

#5- Ever wonder how Johnny packed and prepared for his initial move to Latin America? Find out in today’s show.

#6-Announcing Johnny’s next “La [...]

Expat Files - 04.20.18

Apr 20, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #752-FRI, APR 20- (04-20-2018):

#1- 101 reasons why I don’t use Flakebook, Titter Linkedin or any of the other antisocial media platforms, nor do I have a Smartphone: Listen to this rant if you dare. It’s guaranteed to ruin your day and give your stomach that sad, sinking feeling.

#2- A few more words about the ever increasing Latin addiction to anti- social media.

#3- Credit Card fraud is on the increase in Latin America too! Latinos with debit and credit cards are constantly getting scammed. Don’t let it happen to you. Today we have some boots on the ground stories on the subject and some tips.

#4- Just lately, some new English words have been slowly creeping into the Latin vernacular and becoming commonly used. You’ll be surprised which ones. When you hear them you’ll wonder how those particular gems managed to creep into common usage.

#5- Gringos and expats seem to universally hate Reggeton and Latin ro [...]

Expat Files - 04.15.18

Apr 15, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #751- SUN, APR 15- (04-15-2018):
#1- The brutal truth about persistent bad smells in so many Latin
restaurant restrooms and Latin bathrooms:
Some smells will knock you over though most Latinos don’t seem to mind
or even notice them. That’s just another something gringos and expats
never seem to get used to- why should we? Problem is, if you have a
Latina or Latino significant other you will most surely get invited to the
humble family residence for dinner, like it or not. What if you just cannot
stomach the bathroom, or the man-sized cucarachas in the kitchen?
Knowing what lurks in the shadows, chances are you won’t be all that
comfortable at the dinner table. That’s a common scenario for gringos, so
what do you do?
#2- Expat Eddie plows into a motorcycle and breaks the guy’s ankle. So
now what? It’s the subject today’s “boots on the ground” story.
The fact is that [...]

Expat Files - 04.13.18

Apr 13, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #750- FRI, APR 13- (04-13-2018):
#1- Getting residency and a 2nd Passport in Latin America;
That second passport is your “get out of Dodge” free card when things get rough and Uncle Sam puts the hammer down and starts to limit freedom of movement. That’s what always happens when national calamities both natural and man-made strike hard. So today we have quite a few tips and suggestions on how to advance you and your family’s “Plan B”. You must insure your freedom of movement and be able to cover your ass when the SHTF.

#2- Gringos and expats are a highly sought after commodity in Latin countries but here’s the conundrum:
Sure, every Latino knows gringos are more educated, have more money, higher standards, more initiative and create many more jobs and businesses than the locals. The conundrum is, if we are so well thought of and appreciated why is it that Latin governments keep changing the residency application ru [...]

Expat Files - 04.08.18

Apr 8, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #749- SUN, APR 08- (04-08-2018):

#1- PERU: what’s wrong with it, what’s right with it? How do gringos and Expats make out living, and retiring there?

#2- The Odebrecht payoffs:

What the ass media (I mean mass media) is not telling you about the biggest corruption scandal in the history of Latin America.

#3-Big city living for gringos and Expats in Latin America:

Things to consider if you “Plan B” involves living in the big city.

Expat Files - 04.06.18

Apr 6, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #748- FRI, APR 06- (04-06-2018):

“#1- Crypto currency and mining in Latin America, an April 2018 update:

A bitcoin multi-millionaire writes in, answering and commenting on all the hot and heavy questions gringos and expats have been asking and wondering about. He clears the air on many points you certainly have not heard mentioned before, anywhere.  

#2- You’ve heard that Latinos are exceedingly happy? Well maybe:

Even the poorest of the poor with very hard lives, the ones who wash laundry in rivers and cook with wood seem much happier than the average gringo back home. B [...]

Expat Files - 04.01.18

Apr 1, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #747- SUN, APR 01- (04-01-2018):

#1- How gringos and expats who insist on staying off the radar buy their phones, SIM cards and internet service, while still somehow remaining (mostly) anonymous:

In the last year or so most all Latin countries have passed laws forcing local cellphone and internet providers to require passport, home address and ID info. They’ve done this ostensibly because there are many extortion attempts by bad guys who somehow get their personal stats and dats. BTW: Latinos have no concept of privacy. They’ll give up their personal dats for any pop up window that promises a free pizza(sound familiar?). Authorities believe they can deter or catch bad guys by having a database of owners and thus trace reported e [...]

Expat Files - 03.30.18

Mar 30, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #746- FRI, MAR 30- (03-30-2018):

#1- Muslims and Arabs in Latin America:

Lately, lots of emails have been coming in expressing concern that radical Muslims may be setting up shop in Latin America intent on making their way through Mexico up to the states. Today we offer some more surprising “boots on the ground” insights on the subject.

 #2- What’s life really like for gringos and expats who decide to live in small Latin towns or out in the boonies?

Many expats prefer a slow, laid-back life in the boonies or a small town. For some time that’s been my choice too. Today we’l [...]

Expat Files - 03.25.18

Mar 25, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #745- SUN, MAR 25- (03-25-2018):

#1- TWENTY SOLID reasons why I DO NOT recommend Mexico for anything but the occasional all-inclusive sun and fun resort package deal

I know, I know, we’ve been down this twisted road before but today we’ll be going into much greater detail. This discussion’s for those of you who refuse to see the writing on the wall or haven’t been to the beautiful white sand Mexican beaches lately and haven’t seen the occasional decapitated head wash up on shore.

 #2- How do gringos and expats make good solid friends in the land of superficial gringo wanabees?

Expat Files - 03.23.18

Mar 23, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #744- FRI, MAR 23- (03-23-2018):

#1- Homesteading in Latin America:

Tips for expats and gringos who want to live in the Latin American boonies “off the grid” or nearly “off the grid”.

 #2- Johnny’s picks for Living Large on a measly social security check way up in the 5000 to 6000 foot elevation “sweet spot” known as the altiplano:

The fact is that some “altiplano” regions are much more comfortable than others. That’s why the altiplano concept deserves a lot deeper explanation and discussion than you might think. Today you’ll know why.     
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Expat Files - 03.18.18

Mar 18, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #743- SUN, MAR 18- (03-18-2018): #1- School shootings in Latin America: Do they happen south of the border too? If so how frequently. Yes they do happen but the way they happen and the circumstances will certainly surprise you…   #2- Owning guns and ammo in Latin America: Yes you can. Here are the general rules, regs and requirements for gringos and expats. However there are 3 or 4 Latin countries with gun laws so strict it’s very difficult for anyone to jump through the hoops. Wouldn’t you know it, just like Chicago or Washington DC, the Latin countries with the strictest gun laws have the highest homicide rates.       [...]

Expat Files - 03.16.18

Mar 16, 2018 00:28:00

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#1- Sage advice for gringos and expats whose idea of a “Plan B” is to live “off the grid” or partially “off the grid”   #2- TEN things you really must know about Latin American electric power distribution, service, maintenance and the power grid in general   #3-Internet and smartphone service in Latin America: There are so many options and providers, it’s confusing to try and dissect the various internet plans and packages. Even if your Spanish is pretty good and you think you’ve selected a good plan, a newer, better and cheaper plan is bound to come along in the next few months.   #4- More on Latin American Internet and Smartphone plans: The big question? Should you elect the usual 18 month [...]

Expat Files - 03.11.18

Mar 11, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #741- SUN, MAR 11- (03-11-2018): #1- 5 solid reasons why I don’t much recommend Nicaragua anymore as an outstanding “Plan B” for gringos and expats. Here’s why…   #2- Today we discuss why so many gringos and expats come down intending to de-stress and uncomplicate their lives then they jump right back on another kind of treadmill: Sure, some of us are type “A” and just programmed that way but there’s more …   #3-What Cuba’s healthcare system is really like: The outside world seems overly impressed by [...]

Expat Files - 03.09.18

Mar 9, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #740- FRI, MAR 09- (03-09-2018): #1- Everyone wants the lowdown on when Gringos and Gringas have intimate relationships with Latinos/Latinas: Romance, mating, dating and relationships are a funny crazy business most anywhere even more so in Latin America. Today we discuss the finer points of mixed gringo/Latin love matches as well as the major hurdles and problems one is likely to encounter along the way.     #2- Our Gringo hypocrisies in action: We talk a great deal about how cool it is to be able to afford a full time maid or gardener on the average measly social security check. Why do you think that’s possible? Because of the vast u [...]

Expat Files - 03.04.18

Mar 5, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #739- SUN, MAR 04- (03-04-2018): #1- Car Accidents in Latin America: What you definitely need to know if you’re in a car accident and the other guy ends up in the hospital. Heed this advice or you just might end up spending a few uncomfortable days in a seedy Latin jail.   #2- The Chinese are moving into a few choice Latin countries in very big way: Latinos who own and operate large business are beginning to feel the heat from the snowballing Chinese competition. Even Latin governments and crooked politicians, who’ll take a handout and bribe from almost anyone, see that the Chinese drive a hard bargain. Their dough comes with strings attached and a [...]

Expat Files - 03.02.18

Mar 3, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #738- FRI, MAR 02- (03-02-2018): #1- The Latin sense of Humor: What Latinos find funny and humorous truly escapes most of us gringos and expats. Though some slapstick and physical humor is universal, how then is it we can sit down and watch Latin TV comedy programs for hours on end and never once crack a smile? Most of us see Latin comedy as beyond tedious and embarrassingly juvenile but do keep our mouths shut. That’s simply good form when you’re a guest in a foreign country. Problem is Latin humor mostly consists of junior high school level jokes along with seriously bawdy, sexist and racial overtones. That sort of stuff would get one in big PC trouble if translated and aired on stateside TV. Because it’s more amateurishly embarrassing than funny, gringos almost never seri [...]

Expat Files - 02.25.18

Feb 26, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #737- SUN, FEB 25- (02-25-2018): #1- If you drive in Latin America, you’ll hit many potholes and suffer many annoying flat tires. Worse yet, in time your wheel rims will get damaged and pitted by the many pothole impacts. Eventually the tire rims will become slightly eccentric and not allow the tire to seal properly. That means buying a new rim or two, and if you have newer nicer car, original rims could cost hundreds. So in our first “boots on the ground” story today you’ll see it doesn’t have to work out that way. There’s a very cheap work around, and here’s the tip…      #2- Cost of Living and real estate “bubble” u [...]

Expat Files - 02.23.18

Feb 24, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #736- FRI, FEB 23- (02-23-2018): #1- It’s a small world after all: Gringos and expats find out quite soon that in Latin America many things like sinks, toilets, stairs and doors are pint-sized. But that’s not all. So are cloths and clothing sizes. That means apparel selection and cloths shopping can be a constant problem for many big, tall, supersized and even normal-sized gringos and expats. Today we offer some tips.       #2- Those famous paca stores have a reputation as being for the poor and lower classes. Are they worth checking out? In a word “yes” but not all of them are. Again its location, location, location. Today [...]

Expat Files - 02.18.18

Feb 19, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #735- SUN, FEB 18- (02-18-2018): #1- Dissecting the gringo price phenomena: or how locals constantly pull the wool over the eyes of newbie expats and gringos. Local souvenir and trinket sellers manage to double and triple team gringos, often convincing them to buy things for 4 and even 5 times their “off the tourist” trail value. The more gringos in a given area the more prevalent the problem. Of course most gringos are happy with their little purchases and don’t know what hit them till someone mentions it after the fact. Often they never find out at all and sometimes it’s better that way. Why ruin a nice vacation over a $10 doll you later discover in a Cleveland Walmart for 5 bucks. [...]

Expat Files - 02.16.18

Feb 17, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #734- FRI, FEB 16- (02-16-2018): #1- The gringo “sucker” setup: A short primer on how some fresh new gringo expats literally set themselves up to be gouged and/or ripped off.   #2- A few words about so- called Latin “Helicopter” Schools If you recall, they’re high-end private k-12 schools that generally have a few real USA trained gringo teachers (a typical low-paying but enjoyable, fall back gringo employment opportunity). Did you know that many of these schools are not just 100% bi-lingual but 100% tri-lingual?   #3- Given that 

Expat Files - 02.11.18

Feb 13, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #733- SUN, FEB 11- (02-11-2018):  #1- A group of smart Latinos have discovered there’s “sure thing” money in giving cryptocurrency seminars. You wouldn’t believe how popular these things are. Everyone wants to get in on the so-called “easy money”. Yup like the old California gold rush days of the 1900’s, the guys that made consistent dough weren’t the miners but the ones that sold the picks and shovels.   #2- A sad expose’ on lower class Latin macho men. Specifically the bad manners and habits they bring along with them when they enter the USA   #3- EMP risks: what mi [...]

Expat Files - 02.09.18

Feb 10, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #732- FRI, FEB 09- (02-09-2018):  #1- What happens when Gringos and Expats come up against Latin superstitions? When faced with  firmly held Latin superstitions, its best to just watch, shut up and play along. Don’t argue or try using logic. Sure you’ll win the intellectual battle but in the end lose the war. Brains do not stump superstition.   #2- Regarding Latin macho men, extreme male pride, and some things you can expect to see when living in the testosterone fueled Latin culture.   #3- Driveway chickens and their little eggs [...]

Expat Files - 02.04.18

Feb 5, 2018 00:27:59

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #731- SUN, FEB 04- (02-04-2018):  #1- Don’t panic if when using a Latin ATM machine the dough doesn’t pop out. Its rare but it can happen. But then what to do? It’s part of today’s “boots on the ground” story.   #2- Using Latin ATM machines: A few choice tips.   #3- An update on recouping and maintaining some privacy and anonymity in Latin America.      #4- The “not so creative” Latin art of linguistic insults and curses: Street talk Spanish style.[...]

Expat Files - 02.02.18

Feb 3, 2018 00:27:59

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #730- FRI, FEB 02- (02-02-2018):  #1- Update on the use and abuse of USD funny-money in Latin America: 
What denominations of USD are most commonly and easily accepted? How Latin banks are dealing with the influx of US dough. What about dollar acceptance at small tiendas and businesses? And finally, a word on counterfeit dough in Latin America.       #2- Until the recent 21st century influx of gringos and expats, Latin America had been specifically populated by shorter, smaller people. That means there are many physical obstacles normal sized gringos and expats must be aware of or suffer the conseque [...]

Expat Files - 01.28.18

Jan 29, 2018 00:27:59

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 #1- Beware of using Credit and Debit cards in Latin America:
The trick is to examine how Latinos and Latinas use and misuse their plastic. From them we can see first-hand exactly what NOT to do.

#2- Tricks and tips to use when withdrawing USD cash and other fiat funny money from Latin ATM machines. Which ATM machines should one to use and which ones to avoid, and why.

#3- How to push the “reset” button and regain most of your 1st world loss of privacy and anonymity:
Today we discuss how to use your “Plan B” to get back a lot of what Big Brother, the net and social media have taken away from you- namely your privacy and dignity. It’s your best and possibly only chance to reset the clock.

#4- Chicken buses flip over and tumble down mountainsides with amazing regularity. Their reckless, inebriated drivers, along with bad brakes and tires, are nearly ALWAYS to blame:
If that’s not bad enough, female passengers are constantly groped. Pur [...]

Expat Files - 01.26.18

Jan 27, 2018 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #728- FRI, JAN 26- (01-26-2018):    #1- A list of indispensable documents and items travelers should carry on their person at all times in their tiny secret hidden pouch. However, under most circumstances, some items most people believe they really must carry with them are truly unnecessary. Today we spell out the guidelines.
  #2- The TRUE cost of living for Gringos and Expats: Cost of living is most often all about location location, location. Would you believe some clueless gringos pay double, even triple over and over again and are happy to do so. It depends on their background and point of reference… where they were living in the states. Thankfully we get [...]

Expat Files - 01.21.18

Jan 22, 2018 00:28:00

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 #1- Moving money and assets across borders is one of the top 5 questions expats hit me with. Can you move assets and dough down anonomously? What are the restrictions? Do I know expats who have been prohibited from doing so? Just know that certain monetary restrictions are here already and they’re gonna get much worse. Today we have an update on what you need to know now…

#2- Shipping your guns, ammo, kitchen knives and samuri swords to Latin America: the rules and regs.

#3- Lawbreaking gringos and expats:
What happens when a gringo/expat living in Latin America finds he’s wanted for some crime or offence in the USA. Maybe he even knew about the pending charges but somehow slipped in to Latin America before his stateside SHTF.  Shoud you worry about being picked up and sent back for a stateside court order,  missed court date or grand jury appearance? Or perhaps there are stateside legal judgements pending? What next?

#4- A new “heads u [...]

Expat Files - 01.19.18

Jan 20, 2018 00:28:00

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#1- The latest “Expat Insider” Seminar just ended, so today we have the highlights along with the high and low points of our big Latin American “drinking from the fire hose” adventure.

#2- Flu shots in Latin America;
Yes the recent flu or “gripe” has arrived from the states with a bang. Flu shots are available for all clueless gringos who feel the need to follow big pharma’s bad advice. Though it’s not at all advertised or promoted, just ask you Latin physician and he’ll scrounge up a vial or two. Meanwhile, the locals almost never get flu shots. They say “what for”? When they get the “gripe” they just deal with it, almost never taking off work or going to the doctor or hospital. But as for flu shots, the locals WILL hop down to the local pharmacy get a dose as long as USA “do-gooders” are there offering freebees. Its a sad thing to see but the locals are always thinking that if its “gringo approved” it must be good. That’s pa [...]

Expat Files - 01.07.18

Jan 8, 2018 00:28:00

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 #1- The “Gringo Advantage” is alive and well in Latin America. Meanwhile, the media reports the whole world is souring on Americans as well as our bullying government. What with constant war mongering, regime change tactics, bankrupt monetary policies, etc., its hard to argue with that logic. But we will do so today with a few boots-on-the-ground stories that will re-enforce the fact that in Latin America at least, the “Gringo Advantage” is clearly here to stay.  
   #2- What’s with the unbelievable health and stamina of the older Latin American population? However, the phenomena seems to be much more evident in the poor rural areas than in the cities. Seems logical that people who get lots of exercise, don’t drive and live clos [...]

Expat Files - 01.05.18

Jan 6, 2018 00:28:00

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#1- Beware of gringos and expats who constantly complain about everything. Yes, you will meet the occasional whiney “time vampire” gringo who craves an audience and then proceeds to suck the energy out of a room. There are expert expat complainers and its in your best interest to avoid them. The trouble is we get all kinds, a large cross section, and they’re not all fun and nice.  Oops! You’re not one of them, are you?   #2- A top 20 list of gringo complaints as presented by long time expat gringos. Today’s “boots on the ground” stories continue in that vein. [...]

Expat Files - 12.31.17

Jan 1, 2018 00:28:00

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#1-Ten things expats need to know about prostitution and sex tourism in Latin America   #2- NEWS FLASH! Nicaragua has imposed new immigration regulations making it mandatory all visitors file a personal itinerary document at least seven days in advance of their arrival. Today we highlight the details of this latest intrusive Nica govt initiative. Note that travel and hospitality personnel are convinced this measure will have a pronounced negative affect on tourism. So far its the only country that has instituted such a stupid bureaucratic measure.  

Expat Files - 12.29.17

Dec 30, 2017 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #722- FRI, DEC 29- (12-29-2017):   #1- An update on O’Vomit care and how it does or doesn’t affect gringos and expats in LATIN America. Today we have the inside scoop and some stark examples how stateside health insurance companies like Blue Cross etc., can and will pull the rug out from under even long-term policy holders. Seems nothing is sacred. Those who thought their insurance benefits were “grandfathered in” as promised are being dumped unceremoniously for the moronic and equally oxymoronic “affordable healthcare” scheme. In today’s real life example we’ll see new cut-down plans are being offered at nearly four times the previous m [...]

Expat Files - 12.24.17

Dec 25, 2017 00:28:00

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Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW- SUN, DEC 24th- #721, 12-24-2017:

#1- Expats living on the water- the truth about having a boat in Latin America:
It’s a gringo fantasy for some. Many daydream about such a life but few ever get the chance and think for one its a lot of work, risk and way too expensive. Today we posit a number of “boots on the ground” gringo and expat boat stories along with some excellent advice, tips and wisdom from a guy who has been living on his boat for the last 8 years(since 2010). This guy lives all year round on his very own 40 foot sailboat and claims his total expenses come to no more than $600 a month. How does one live a first-world life on a boat? By being very self sufficient and handy of course. But how do you do it and where do you begin? First by knowing some virtually unknown “marina tricks” and by remaining off the electrical grid about 90% of the time. Here’s the skinny on how that’s done..

#2-For serious boatm [...]

Expat Files - 12.22.17

Dec 23, 2017 00:28:00

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Descriptions for FRIDAY DEC, 22- EXPAT FILES SHOW #720, 12-22-2017

1-Advice for expat gonnabees and wannabees formulating their Plan B’s- some predictions that will affect expats in the next 5 years:
It seems the vast majority of wannabees and gonnabees with a “Plan B” in mind believe the world is definitely headed for a big time reset but at the same time they think it will play out on “their own” particular time line. Funny how their personal “time-lines” seem to coincide with the need to work just a few more years to collect the”maximum” social security payout or pension. The sad news is ….as the world implodes it ain’t gonna follow “your” timeline. Never did, never will. You’re just lucky to have a chance to get a plan together before things get really hairy. Like the man said, “you don’t buy fire insurance after the fire!

#2- Why smart expats and gringos much prefer living in poor Latin countries as opposed to livi [...]

Expat Files - 12.17.17

Dec 18, 2017 00:28:00

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#1- Gringos and car repairs:
Today we have yet another “boots on the ground” story you really must pay attention to. Why? To be able to make the right decisions when having your car repaired when, not if, it happens to you!

#2-Occasionally we all need to buy and/or sell used or new personal items like cars, furniture, tools, appliances. But this is Latin America and the rules of the barter, buy and sell game are slightly different than what you’re used to. For example, how would you arrange a safe meeting place to inspect an item that’s for sale when dealing with someone you don’t know who you found on www.OLX.com (the Latin version of Craig’s list) or in the Lation classified ads? Say you want to buy or sell a bike, cuisinart or treadmill? Here are some tips on how to manage the situation and go about it in a secure way.

#3-Latin transit cop stories:
Many expat gonnabees and wannabees are worried about possibl [...]

Expat Files - 12.15.17

Dec 16, 2017 00:28:00

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#1- How gringos and Expats in Latin America are making money in the cryptocurrency space. Today we discuss just how even here in Latin America certain gringos and expats are making making good dough with multiple cryptocurrency projects. Some are making money by becoming bitcoin and crypto- currency miners and its not all that hard or technical. In fact, at the January “Expat Insider” seminar we will be featuring the famous Bitcoin Dan as well as “Expat Oscar”, a real-live cryptocurrency miner who’s making good money right now as we speak with his hardware cranking out crypto coins in his little Latin condo complex 24/7. Yes, he knows the ropes in a field that seems both mysterious and virtually unknown to the average  person but man does he have some good news for expats who want to make some money and get in on the act![...]

Expat Files - 12.10.17

Dec 11, 2017 00:28:00

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#1- A Latin American “Cost of Living” update.
Today we discuss the various types of Latin tiendas, stores and markets (mercados) and where you can get the very best deals on food, produce and common household goods.

#2- When gringos and expats ask for and get good advice but don’t take it:
It’s a recurring theme. Good advice is given and people don’t take it or it doesn’t seem to register. Many fresh green expats prefer to step in the same potholes over and over again intent on reinventing the wheel. That’s one big reason why you’ll hear occasional Latin bad luck stories from gringos. However, if you bother to dig deeper into the facts you’ll likely see some errors and fatal flaws were committed along the way. Gringos were warned but just didn’t heed the advice.

#3- When “Gringo Prices” aren’t necessarily gringo prices (say what?)
That ubiquitous term generally means paying more for something than the local Latinos do. Though i [...]