2020 South American Expat Thread

ginsu

Woodpecker
Get a Wheelbarrow!

This is my new catchphrase.

Mexico actually is pretty good for quality of life.

There’s plenty of skinny women here. They’re just really young, immature, and damaged by their parents divorce and bad aspects of the culture. It’s not a place to look for a wife, sadly.

I wasted two years here...
Where would you go in SA for relationship / wife / mother material ?. I have been testing the waters a little via dating apps because i will be going to mexico soon. So far the vibe i get from mexican girls is that they indeed feel like soft americans/europeans. I have plenty of matches in both mexico and colombia but its a night and day difference in attitude.

I wont bother looking in mexico, then you might as well go for an actual european girl

There is 1 exception though, a real gem but this has nothing to do with the country itself and more that there exceptional people everywhere. You will just find more or less of them depending on the area and the value you have yourself.

That said the reason I go to Mexico definitely has nothing to do with women, only because its open and chance to meet some people I know. It seems like a good way to get your foot in the door to south America at the moment with all those restrictions going on.
 

Cortés

Woodpecker
Gold Member
This video and these people are not the best.... but man the sounds of those birds and that view for $600 a month.

Common theme of every video and expat article on Panama as that the people are warm and welcoming
Thats an awesome house for the money, I dont know if you could find a place that nice in Brazil for the same price. I assumed all of Panama was expensive going off of food prices in the airport. Im curious if buying land and building is good value or if renting is the best deal there

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$24,000 US for this 4 acre lot, not bad at all...

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aynrus

Pelican
^ That's US land prices, even higher than in many places here.
The parcel seems to be hardly usable, rocky soil and much/all of it is sloping looks like, while priced higher than US prime farmland per acre.
Seems insanely overpriced.
Or are you talking about whole house with the parcel for 24K??

Had seen similar US residential parcel, just like this one not much usable, 10 acres with same kind of views, good paved road, infrastructure to the site including fiber internet and county water, priced twice less per acre, and it got sold even cheaper for 8K USD just 2 years ago (and they had logging road and building pad cut in already)
 
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Cortés

Woodpecker
Gold Member
^ That's US land prices, even higher than in many places here.
The parcel seems to be hardly usable, rocky soil and much/all of it is sloping looks like, while priced higher than US prime farmland per acre.
Seems insanely overpriced.
Or are you talking about whole house with the parcel for 24K??

Had seen similar US residential parcel, just like this one not much usable, 10 acres with same kind of views, good paved road, infrastructure to the site including fiber internet and county water, priced twice less per acre, and it got sold even cheaper for 8K USD just 2 years ago (and they had logging road and building pad cut in already)

Tbh I'm not very familiar with US prices. I was looking out of curiosity last month and I didn't see anything for 6k/acre that wasn't nevada desert or florida swamp with no road access. Where in the US are you talking about?
 

aynrus

Pelican
Tbh I'm not very familiar with US prices. I was looking out of curiosity last month and I didn't see anything for 6k/acre that wasn't nevada desert or florida swamp with no road access. Where in the US are you talking about?
6k/acre for rural land in much of the US means good residential parcel price, mostly flat/usable. Not suburban near a city but rural.
Quality farmland (flat, good soil, no rock) on average around 3K/acre but this is for large parcels, if one is buying only several acres it does get up to 5-6K/acre.
This is for rural Midwest, New England, South (Southeast), parts of mid-Atlantic away from coast. In the Southwest and the West prices can greatly differ from 1K/acre waterless/remote to 70K/acre premium parts of Northern California. But this is for mostly usable parcels.

If rough land like what seems to be in the picture with much slope, very rocky, hardly any building sites (and no harvestable timber, seems like), in area with little infrastructure means you need to drill a well, satellite internet - would be may be 1-2K/acre. 6K/acre for such land would be East Coast only a couple of hours from Washtington DC.

The reason you're not seeing much is probably because there's very little inventory right now as there's land buying boom going which started last year. A lot will be back on the market when the real estate cycle turns.
 

Cr33pin

Peacock
Gold Member
I am fairly certain I am going to move to Barranquilla next week. Spend at least a month there... I can stay in a super nice apartment there, rent a car for the month, and still save hundreds of dollars compared to what I spend on rent here in Cartagena. It's insane for me to think I have been here for over a year. Panama has started enforcing some 3 or 5 day quarantines for travelers there so that's a no go.... I guess its hard telling how long I am going to end up staying in Colombia waiting for this scandemic to calm down.

I think Shakira is from Barranquilla.....
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What are honestly the chances of ducking the vaxx and making an extended stay for a year or so in SA? I was planning on taking a study abroad trip to hone my Spanish skills and do a little bit of exploring, but it appears that this throws a wrench in the works. What places do you guys think, if any at all, might work? I'm determined to go somewhere that speaks Spanish or French, although SA has a certain appeal just for the nature and Catholic influence. If that idea is wrong, by all means please shatter my misconception, haha.

On a less important note, do American checking/credit lines carry down south? Same question with driver's licenses, I suppose. Never having left the country I've little to no idea how life would actually be, and I figure those are some of the most important things to know, other than don't stand out and keep to yourself.

Pax Christi.
 

Dilated

Robin
I am fairly certain I am going to move to Barranquilla next week. Spend at least a month there... I can stay in a super nice apartment there, rent a car for the month, and still save hundreds of dollars compared to what I spend on rent here in Cartagena. It's insane for me to think I have been here for over a year. Panama has started enforcing some 3 or 5 day quarantines for travelers there so that's a no go.... I guess its hard telling how long I am going to end up staying in Colombia waiting for this scandemic to calm down.

I think Shakira is from Barranquilla.....
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What parts of Barranquilla are nice? Was there just a few weeks ago and it looked pretty grim. Admittedly only passed through, mainly on the north and east side.
 

Cr33pin

Peacock
Gold Member
What parts of Barranquilla are nice? Was there just a few weeks ago and it looked pretty grim. Admittedly only passed through, mainly on the north and east side.
None from what I understand.....Alto Prado has nice buildings and seems to be favorable on Airbnb. Other than that I hear the city is pretty much a "shit hole"
 

Cr33pin

Peacock
Gold Member
I'd be interested to hear from someone down in Colombia how the situation on the ground has been recently with respect to the protests.


Aside from a small protest with people marching and cars honking last Tuesday and a smaller protest with the same on Monday I haven't seen anything in my day to day life. Although I have noticed a lot of Colombians on social media have their profile pics set tot he Colombian flag cause..... that will change the world. Perhaps I am a bit jaded by the pandemic and clown world but naively I haven't been paying much attention. From what I gathered is "All cops are bad" and raising taxes is "genocide" on the Colombian people.

A girl I know texted me tonight and this is what was said:
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I then looked at some of her stories and it appears there are some big time protest happening in other cities..... who knows what will come of all this. Perhaps a quarantine in Panama upon arrival isn't so bad after all.

Thats about all the boots on the ground update I have.

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lonewolf1968

Kingfisher
I'd be interested to hear from someone down in Colombia how the situation on the ground has been recently with respect to the protests.

I'll try to make a long story short, and how I see this is going. There was a wave of neo-commie protests in 2019 that lasted for 10 days straight and were inspired by the BLM protests so they got into police stations, burnt them, killed some of the cops and overall wanted to overthrow the 'Far-right' government. Mainly students, communist guerrillas, unions and left-leaning people. After a while some of the 'normies' got fed up with the constant whining and lootin' and the protests died out when December came and the students wanted to go back on their trips to santa marta, family, partying etc.

Now it is a bit different, the retarded ministry of finance, in plain peak of the ''plandemic'' decided it'd be a great idea to pass a bill reform to raise the taxes on the middle class mostly. (I asked earlier cause I don't pay taxes, how did the westerners paid their income tax.) The bill aimed to get enough funding for social welfare and rental basic income for the 'Estrato' 1 and 2 (we have a caste-like system from 1-6), But even right wingers and people on the conservative side flipped out and are now supporting the protests.

These protests are basically the continuation of the 2019 protests and I can see they are being heavier and more violent than the part I. The cucked social democrat president we have is soft as heck. Critical roads are being blocked by students, supply chains are getting targeted, food and gas are running low in some cities and there is basically and overthrowing in the making. He showed weakness, stupidity and lack of character and even though the bill has been removed now they are all into the overthrowing narrative. Add to the turmoil the fact some of the retarded and savage colombian police were shooting down some of the protesters it is likely this is going to escalate further. If the cuck doesn't tighten up a bit (don't shoot them down just give em a good beat up) we're going to get a massive escalation of these protests.

Our own version of Bernie Sanders is gainin' a lot of traction for this so I expect a full socialist government taking control in 2022. It'll be a Colombian-Venezuelan paradise. Cuba-Colombia-Venezuela a love story in las Americas.
 

Cr33pin

Peacock
Gold Member
This morning I went outside to start my day with a walk and some sunshine... and I was standing on the sidewalk staring stoically across the beach and into the horizon..... and a older man with a small white beard and white hair is running down the side walk for exercise and I think to myself "good for him, good way to start the day" as he gets close to me he looks at me and says "sexy hombre!" He didn't break his stride.... just said it an kept on keepin on. I will be honest... it didn't bother me in the slightest, it actually made me smile and chuckle. I dont see why feminist are always bitching about being "cat called" it actually made my morning. Really as a jacked white fellow I get a fair amount of these type of comments and compliments in Asia and South America from the gays. I never take it poorly unless it was vulgar or the issue was pressed. But off the top of my head I dont really recall it ever being taken that far.....


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Stats

Woodpecker
I'd be interested to hear from someone down in Colombia how the situation on the ground has been recently with respect to the protests.

I been in medellin the whole time. honestly I saw nothing personally.. everything peaceful and calm every where. more then normal even. The place im staying at did get wrecked by a flash flood though. ripped off the front gate and part of the house. all from like an hour of heavy rain.
 
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