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Expat Files – 01.07.18

 #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 …

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Expat Files – 12.31.17

#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 …

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Expat Files – 12.24.17

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 …

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Expat Files – 12.03.17

THE EXPAT FILES SHOW #715, 12-03-2017 (SUN): #1- What gringos and expat needs to know about banking in Latin America: going beyond the basics. There are many unanswered questions and lots of misconceptions about Latin banking. Which are the best and safest? How do you open an account? What about on-line banking with Latin banks? How to maneuver through your …

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Expat Files – 11.24.17

#1- Latins are born litterbugs. They have a culture of littering. When you see it in action, you probably will most days, you will naturally get irritated even outraged. What would or should be your response? Should you give a scolding, a lesson, make an embarrassing remark, or let it pass and do nothing at all? #2- Plastic pollution in …

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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 – 09.10.17

#1- Buying vintage, antique and classic cars in Latin America- Part 2     #2- Latins are Leather and cloth upholstery experts. They do the work for amazingly low prices. Upholsterers work for approximately $20-25 per day, not per hour. That means, feel free to buy junk furniture, sofas, etc., and get them redone. The’ll be showroom new. Yes, there are some …