Why I Decided to Check Out San Miguel de Allende

January 19, 2017 Let me explain why I decided to explore San Miguel de Allende (SMA) as a place to live in the future. I had heard about this location from a Mexican woman living in Boquete, Panama several years ago. She told me there is a huge ex-pat population there. From what I’ve found online, as well as what the “Mexico expert” at the Retire Overseas Bootcamp told me, it sounds like there may be more than 10,000 ex-pats living in the SMA area. Large Ex-pat population I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad … Continue reading

Sophia is on the Move Again – 6 Countries in 4 Months

January 10, 2017 Sophia here. I’m traveling again so I’ll share my experiences and insights with you as I go. Here is an overview of my travel plans through April 2017. Cabo I welcomed in 2017 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This was purely a vacation. I am not considering living there. I looked at some real estate while I was there, just for practice. I can only buy one property and Cabo does not meet my criteria: I want a property that would be a good rental property and also be in a place where I might want to … Continue reading

My Experience Acquiring Global Entry

June 22, 2016             When I fly, I never go through the body scanners. I am not convinced that they are safe. And more importantly, I want to exercise my right to choose. I choose the pat-down over the body scanner every time. Rather than feeling the pat-down is humiliating, I feel proud that I’m willing to experience the inconvenience of waiting to be patted down rather than just submit to whatever the government wants me to do because it’s more convenient. To me, it’s like making a choice between freedom and security. I like … Continue reading

My Bank Account In Australia was Closed!

June 2, 2016          When I returned back to the U.S. from my trip to Panama this spring, I had a check waiting for me from Australia. If you recall, I opened a bank account there when I was at Simon Black’s conference in Santiago, Chile back in 2013. The bank account was affiliated with a brokerage account I opened at a company called BBY. That account was opened at the same time, but I never used it. Last year, I received emails from the guy who opened these accounts for people at Simon’s conference. He said … Continue reading

Banking in Panama – Trials and Tribulations

May 11, 2016          I visit my bank, Banvivienda, every time I go to Panama, for one reason or another. This time, it was because I had forgotten to login to my bank accounts and transfer money between them often enough to keep them active. The accounts at Banvivienda are rendered inactive if you don’t have some activity in them within 6 months. Hence, it was a good time to stop by and get my accounts re-activated. And I wanted to deposit some cash I brought with me. The more money I get out of the U.S., … Continue reading

Protecting Possessions in Big Cities

April 28, 2016       One of the things I like about visiting Panama City is that I have a friend who lives there. She and I have been getting together for years…maybe since 2010. We always have a nice time catching up and she is into a lot of interesting things. She is an investor and has learned some valuable lessons about life in Latin America. She was robbed last December. She was walking home and was very near to her home when a guy on a motor-scooter drove by and grabbed onto her purse. She thought about … Continue reading