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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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Leid Stories—Do Some Mental Maintenance and Free Your Mind!—11.23.17

It’s Friday. Time to defrag, and Leid Stories is here to help. Select from the zillion thoughts swimming around in your brain the one you’d most like to share. Then call in (888-874-4888) and free your mind. You just might be freeing ours, too. You’re cordially invited to join us for “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories. It’s our  weekly open …

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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 – 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 – 10.20.17

#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 …

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Resistance Radio – Guest: James Howard Kunstler – 09.03.17

Download this episode (right click and save) James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of …

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Expat Files – 07.23.17

#1- A frequent question from listeners: “Johnny, where would you live if you had to settle down and have your “Plan B” in Mexico?” Today you’ll get the full, unabridged answer.   #2- In Mexico the prices are going up, up, up. You might be surprised at the reasons why. That’s all bad news for the hundreds of thousands of Gringo and …