Expats in Latin America

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by Chiriqui Charlie, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. Kamuk

    Kamuk lost in the ozone again

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    The term "Normal" brings back many a humorous moment / situation...

    As in the reply to "Why am I the only normal one here?" being - "Come on Norm, you're as @#$%'ed as they rest of your crew!"
    Maybe that's what truly being "normal" is? :wink:

    Then again there's all those Abby Normals running about...
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  2. miguelito

    miguelito Been here awhile

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    Now that, my friend, sounds like hater talk! :rofl:rofl
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  3. Driftin

    Driftin Been here awhile

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    Actually, I wash my motorcycle.

    That is outside the norm here, so I am hiding nothing.

    Tomorrow is the end of semana santa here. Maybe I can be riding on Monday......
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  4. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    You are not to be trusted.
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  5. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    I just found this thread, and of the three pages so far, this post explains it best. If the US was the same way -- if people coming here would realize that they need to assimilate to local customs instead of expecting us to give everything to them, it'd be a much better place.

    I'm thinking that if some major changes for the better don't happen in the next 5-10 years, I'm going to do the expat thing too.

    Rob
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  6. Watercat

    Watercat . . . gravity sucks

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    Not at all . . . . . . . Hater talk, naaa, let's keep it positive . . . . . .:clap

    I've worked 7 days x 12 hours in Alaska for a few summer seasons on boats and don't care to return to it - tho the $$$ was good.

    Korean teaching contract in Korea(first job) was 6 days/week . . . . . . . Sucked and wasn't worth it . . . . .

    Just sayiin' the risk factor is greater when goin' it alone . . . . . . . . :wink: YMMV
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  7. SR

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    I don't want to argue because I don't think that was the intent of the OP for this thread. But on your original post, you sounded kind of bitter that other Expats we being treated better than you were. That's all.

    It is interesting to see how Expats relate to one another. There aren't that many Expats where I live. Most of them are Japanese or Korean and work in auto parts manufacturing. There are at least 10 different Chinese restaurants in town and each one appears to be run by a different family of Chinese people. I rarely see them outside of the restaurant and I have to wonder what their Expat experience must be like? There are a few Gringo teachers at the American School and a Gringo who runs an English school. Most of the guys in mining come in and out on a rotational basis and are usually constantly working when they are here.

    You might think that Gringo Expats would get along and spend time together because of common language, culture etc. but it doesn't seem to happen that way. Everyone seems to do their own thing, at least here. Maybe in the retirement communities it's different? Is it that way everywhere?
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  8. Watercat

    Watercat . . . gravity sucks

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    Yes, I used to hang out with other language teachers - Canadian, American, British, Spanish, French, Kiwi, Peruvian, Australian, who all were working independent of corporate contracts. :wink:

    I really miss living overseas now. Didn't meet many retirees, except one American who chose to be a teacher for a few semesters and then opened his own restaurant in semi- retirement.:freaky
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  9. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    Who knows?
    I haven't even grown up yet, let alone contemplate retirement! My daughter gave me a quiz to measure my mental age the other night, it was half my chronological age. She looked shocked, I said I wanted to do it again because I scored too high.
    I rarely associate with ex-pats, very rarely, it is usually because most of them think they have all the answers to the questions that nobody has asked them and far too many of them are far too negative.
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  10. Kiko

    Kiko Long timer

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    Although a US citizen, I feel more like an expat when I go back to visit in the US than when I am in Mexico.
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  11. karmatourer

    karmatourer STD free

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    Since I retired,3 stints in Mexico and 1 in Honduras (and 15 months in Thailand).Back in US for a year so far.I would do Mexico again but only in Puerto Penasco/Rocky Point.
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  12. El Jefe de Caribe

    El Jefe de Caribe The Boy Ain't Right

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    I've lived in the Dominican Republic for over 4 years now. I guess I've gotten used to living here, because when I go back to the states I see things so clean and regimented I feel like an automaton.

    It takes me 30 minutes of driving before I'm obeying every traffic law again.:deal

    After a few curious days eating foods from "home" I long for roast chicken from a roadside stand and some rice and beans.

    I'm reminded by the song by Five Man Electric Band, "Signs..."

    Oh, and people seem so FAT and unhappy.
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  13. El Jefe de Caribe

    El Jefe de Caribe The Boy Ain't Right

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    I can speak for the Dominican Republic.

    One thing for sure: you cannot run away from who and what you are. Moving to a completely new environment doesn't change the essence of who you are.

    If you were unhappy at home, you'll still be unhappy. If you were lazy at home, you'll still be lazy. If you were a drunken womanizer, it'll get worse. Etc.

    I've also found sharing a common language is a poor reason to hang around each other. Comforting, for sure, like a dish from a favorite restaurant at home: temporarily satisfying, but then it's over.

    I have found that many expats here are some of the lowest form of lying scum. They come here and build a false persona of who and what they are, a make believe CV. Many if not most are not to be trusted.

    My biggest mistake here is befriending a European Expat who proceeded to try using me and my wife, and ultimately trying to steal from us. Never confuse my calm, friendly demeanor for being a weak sucker.

    Additionally, many expats are bored and bitter. All they do all day long is drink in the expat bars and plan their next bar hopping spree. Where they drink with other expats and hookers with their pimp boyfriends.

    One bit of advice: if you plan an expat escape, plan on DOING something productive with your time, and make an effort to learn the language and adopt most of the culture (sorry, I tried boiled platanos; still taste like beige-gray Crayolas to me...but I tried, really tried). That way you'll be using your brain and becoming part of the scene.
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  14. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    SR has gone fully native.:jose
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  15. mark883

    mark883 and the mysterians

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    Hey, Jimmex, pass the mole, please.
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  16. SR

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    Almost! I don't let the kids speak Spanish in the house and I refuse to drink Mexican beer! Pinche Gringo!!.
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  17. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    There will be mole on our next trip. You've got to do the P. Escondido-Oaxaca-Veracruz hwy 175. Huachinango-Mole-Camarones.
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  18. SR

    SR Long timer

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    Vamos!!
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  19. RebelYell

    RebelYell Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the heads up and advice el jefe.I am kind of planning if I ever lose my township job where I live ,I will sell parents house and bail.I went to the DR back in 05 to help build achurch w my church and several otherchurches from the states in Mocha/la vega.The people seem so happy,ya give the kids a football etc and they are beaming,the damn kids here ya could buy em th ps 3 w 20 games and they still arent happy.Buddy and I while we were in Mexico were both talking about blending in and not being a loud mouth pompous American. I think no matter where you are there are bad people and bad sections of town.
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  20. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    Actually, it is not an "American" thing. I've seen loud mouths from every corner of the world and you could put any nationality in there. There is no shortage of loud mouth and pompous locals, too. LOL!
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