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lars forsberg of Longboat Retirement – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account lars forsberg - Longboat RetirementI really enjoy assisting people with purchasing hard assets like real ...

Are there any programs for retirees regarding real estate purchases or real estate taxes in Panama?

Are there any programs for retirees regarding real estate purchases or real estate taxes in Panama?

While there are no specific programs for retirees you can use the money that you have in your IRA or 401k to purchase real estate in Panama.  There are rules and regulations that you must follow specifically to a... Read more

Luis Teixeira da Silva of Algarve Senior Living – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Luis Teixeira da Silva - Algarve Senior LivingIn my 25-year career I have been founder and/or CEO of several consult...

What is the cost to buy land or a lot in Portugal?

What is the cost to buy land or a lot in Portugal?

The term “land” and the term “lot” mean two different things in the Algarve and Portugal in general. “Land” would be a piece of land somewhere in the interior of the province of... Read more

Michael Eager of La Nueva Posada Hotel & Restaurant – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Michael Eager - La Nueva Posada Hotel & RestaurantMy parents came to Ajijic from Toronto in the 1970s and started The Po...

How much does it cost to buy a car in Mexico?

How much does it cost to buy a car in Mexico?

The lowest-priced, brand new, bare bones vehicles in Mexico cost 140,000 to 150,000 pesos (about USD $7,950 to $8,515).    If you're buying a brand-new car in Mexico, the dealer... Read more

Michael Eager of La Nueva Posada Hotel & Restaurant – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Michael Eager - La Nueva Posada Hotel & RestaurantMy parents came to Ajijic from Toronto in the 1970s and started The Po...

What are the most popular, typical or famous foods of Mexico?

What are the most popular, typical or famous foods of Mexico?

Every area in Mexico has its popular dish.    Jalisco is famous for "birria", which is goat meat in a broth. Birria is the number one dish for the whole state of Jalisco. If you go to a wedding... Read more

Nitzia Chifundo of Panama Sol Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Nitzia Chifundo - Panama Sol RealtyI was born in Panama and lived for a couple years in California, and a...

Are there rivers, lakes and waterfalls in or around Coronado, Panama?

Are there rivers, lakes and waterfalls in or around Coronado, Panama?

There are lakes and beaches, of course, in Coronado, Panama. I do not think there’s a river or a waterfall.   (Man-made San Carlos Lagoon, outside of Panama City, pictured.) ... Read more

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Are there any English-speaking churches in Mexico?

In Mexico City, there are two Catholic parishes that offer mass in English on Sundays.  One is at St. Patrick's Parish near the American School and the ABC Hospital.  However, the mass that has more peop... Read more

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What's the crime rate against Americans and other expats in San Miguel de Allende?

Yes there are crimes in San Miguel, just as there are in the US. HOWEVER, crimes in Mexico are NOT investigated or handled in the same manner as they are in the US.  I know a close family friend who has been... Read more

Don Miguel – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Don MiguelAt 52 I managed to free myself of the clutter and began living the dre...

How much does it cost for a gardener in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

How much does it cost for a gardener in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

In Baja California skilled manual labor (that which does not require supervision or continued guidance) will cost 500 pesos for a 10 hour day.  Tipping is not customary but providing bottled water or a snack is gr... Read more

Cathie Smith LoCicero of Cathie Smith Insurance – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Cathie Smith LoCicero - Cathie Smith InsuranceI'm a dual citizen of the US and Mexico, I lived in Cabo from 1984 to...

How much is car insurance in Mexico?

How much is car insurance in Mexico?

I’m an insurance professional & have passed all the requirements & exams to be licensed in CA, WA, AZ, & the entire country of Mexico. In the past, Mexican law did not require you to carry liabi... Read more

Cathie Smith LoCicero of Cathie Smith Insurance – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Cathie Smith LoCicero - Cathie Smith InsuranceI'm a dual citizen of the US and Mexico, I lived in Cabo from 1984 to...

How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in Mexico?

Los Cabos is an expensive area and I have 2800 sq feet and pay 500 pesos for 5-6 hours, 3 times a week.  I change up her schedule every week trying to avoid having her on a fixed schedule to avoid labor issues..&... Read more

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What's the overall cost of living in Managua, Nicaragua?

My wife and I live in a small town close to Masaya. We budget $1000 USD a month for everything, including gas ,housekeeper 3 days a week, and restaurants. Everything depends on how a person wants to live. ... Read more

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How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in Managua, Nicaragua?

Having a part-time housekeeper in Masaya Nicaragua costs me $10 a day for part-time.   She comes Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We provide her with breakfast and lunch.   ... Read more

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The Most Magnificent Beaches of La Paz, Baja California Sur and Surroundings

The Most Magnificent Beaches of La Paz, Baja California Sur and Surroundings

Within the creation of any great work of art, you can usually see certain elements of that great work in several previous works, but none of those previous works have all the elements at one time.  It is the same... Read more

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Willy and Karan TwoLives / Chapter I-Panama

After three years in Africa, first with Habitat for Humanity and then with the Peace Corps, Willy and Karan Schreiber again joined the Peace Corps and were embedded with the Embera Indigenous Tribe in the Darien Provi... Read more

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Beach Bicycle Cruising in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize

Beach Bicycle Cruising in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize

Here is a picture of my Barbie doll pink Beach Cruzer. She's only 6 months old, but she looks ancient. I've already had to replace a main spring bolt and tube in the front tire, and I haven't yet replaced ... Read more

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Cave Man and the Woman who Climbed Everest

Cave Man and the Woman who Climbed Everest

  Here are two contrasting characters who have crossed our path in the neighborhood. One is well-known for being homeless and without possessions, the other well-known for being the first woman from Centr... Read more

Kari Lyn – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Kari LynI retired from assisting surgeons as soon as I was eligible because I ...

Who are the People in Your Neighbourhood?

Who are the People in Your Neighbourhood?

The first neighbor we met was Moises. He looked to me like a gangster at first glance, and I believe he wants the people around here to think so as well. He usually wears pointed-toe cowboy boots and a black leather j... Read more

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My Friend Deet, 81 years old still rides her bicycle

My Friend Deet, 81 years old still rides her bicycle

        The streets of Antigua are all stones.  Some say cobblestones, but these are not well cobbled.  The city is a World Heritage Site, so it m... Read more

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The Easiest Way to Round Out Your Wardrobe and Cookware Collection While Living at Lake Chapala in Mexico

The Easiest Way to Round Out Your Wardrobe and Cookware Collection While Living at Lake Chapala in Mexico

Two of the best things about living at the Lake Chapala area have to do with aviation: 1. Through what I can only assume is dumb luck, Guadalajara International Airport was placed at the south side of that ... Read more

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Having In-Laws of another Culture and Country

Having In-Laws of another Culture and Country

    My Mother-in-Law, Dona Maria   It is really difficult to get to know the people around you when you don’t speak the same language. You can ... Read more

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The Quest for the Elusive Mung Beans -- A Visit to Abastos from Ajijic / Lake Chapala

The Quest for the Elusive Mung Beans -- A Visit to Abastos from Ajijic / Lake Chapala

Like an aspiring knight in a medieval fairytale who had been told to bring back the egg of a fire-breathing dragon or a nascent American Indian brave who had been given the task of producing a specific feather from a ... Read more

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Designing + Building a House in Guatemala - Part 5b

Designing + Building a House in Guatemala - Part 5b

    Zaqueo hired a third friend of his from his home area named Chicalo. He was to be an “ayudante,” or assistant as they are called when they don’t have a specific trade. Chicalo ha... Read more

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Designing + Building a House in Guatemala - Part 5a

Designing + Building a House in Guatemala - Part 5a

"Why would anybody want to build a house in a foreign country?"   That’s what I asked my friend who was buying land here in Guatemala. She was looking for a partner, and I thought she was a bit cr... Read more

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The Road to “Hobbitenango” - Part 4

The Road to “Hobbitenango” - Part 4

"What is Hobbitenango?"   Many of my stories involve a place up the hill near us called Hobbitenango, and before I write about building my house here, I must explain what Hobbitenango is. “Tenango... Read more

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