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Expat Files – 11.19.17

#1- When Gringos and Expats kick the bucket in Latin America- Part 2: Dying, funerals and burial insurance are all very inexpensive in Latin America. Insurance is about $3 a month for individual coverage and they take care of EVERYTHING. Plus there’s a death benefit that will cover he extras like a decent plot and casket. But wait a minute. …

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Expat Files – 11.17.17

#1- “El Sueno Canadiense” the “Canadian Dream”: Today we talk about how Canadian citizens feel about poor Latinos who are suddenly seeing Canada as a nicer, safer alternative destination to the so-called “American Dream” in light of the Trump presidency. Lately for both Latins and gringos the usual stateside  “American Dream” has lost its luster. #2- Health care and Insurance …

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Expat Files – 11.12.17

#1- Jack Brett’s brand new second edition of “Fast Spanish” is now available for FREE, but only to Expat Files listeners. Yes there are good, bad, ugly and great ways to learn Spanish. Jack Brett’s 110 page “boots on the ground” lean- mean guide to learning Spanish describes the fastest, most economical and efficient learning methods out there today. He’s …

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Expat Files – 11.10.17

#1- Dealing with chaotic, disorganized, lazy-ass Latin government fatheads. Why is it that when green gringos first arrive in Latin America, after seeing paper-pushing govt bureaucrats and slugs in action (or more precisely .. inaction) it tends to drive first-world people nuts? Then as time rolls on, a light-bulb goes off with most smart gringos. They start to see those govt …

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Expat Files – 11.05.17

#1- There’s something rotten about Latin public cemeteries. Today we have a few good reasons PUBLIC cemeteries are NOT such a good final resting place for you or your loved ones. But then again they’re dirt cheap- and when you’re dead you’re dead.   #2- Lots of Gringos and Expats order stuff from Amazon, Ebay, Alibaba, etc. Today we have a few practical tips that …

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Expat Files – 11.03.17

#1- Do locals celebrate Halloween in Latin America? I’ll say they do, but why? It took a few years for them to jump on board, but now they’ve grabbed onto the gringo Halloween tradition with a vengeance. Latins now celebrate that holiday “day/night” about 2 weeks longer than you do. However, the night time “trick or treat” bit is almost …

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Expat Files – 10.29.17

#1- There has been a striking absence of political correctness, big brother influence, social justice warrior types and so-called snowflakes here in Latin America-excepting in certain gringoized tourist areas and public Latin university campuses. Because Latin America is a macho society, the culture is a good 25 years behind when it comes to political correctness of any kind. Funny thing …

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Expat Files – 10.27.17

#1- The newest phrase in the Latin street talk vernacular is “El Sueno Canadiense”. That means, “The Canadian Dream”. Sound familiar, kinda? Yes, certain illegals who’ve been feeling the pressure of the Trump administration and the latest US immigration crackdowns are changing plans for a newer kinder more tolerant trajectory- Canada   #2- The average unsophisticated working-class Latino has basically 3 …

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Expat Files – 10.22.17

#1- Everything you gringos and expats need to know (and some things you didn’t even know you needed to know) regarding death, dying, cemeteries, funeral services, funeral homes, cremation and postmortem arrangements in Latin America #2- The US embassy’s Big Brother arm wants to keep track of all the expat sheep who are leaving the barn. Yes, by pretending to …

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Expat Files – 10.20.17

#1- When Gringos go “Native”. A small percentage do go native and its generally a sad thing to see, but not always. The signs are obvious- perpetually disheveled, sweaty, same smudged baggy shirt and pants, raggedy old sandals, slightly odoriferous. And bad smells prevail in the native gringo’s house too- the scent of dogs, cats, garbage and driveway chickens. Look …