Comments for Expat Chronicles Pictures, music, news, stories, and rants from a gringo in Latin America. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:18:30 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Sex Tourism, Free Speech and Cuba Dave in a Costa Rica Prison by KC Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:18:30 +0000 In Nicaragua we are seeing an uptick in sex tourism. The ladies here love it because they love sex and they love money, the foreigners love it because they love sex and it’s fkn cheeeap. Though of course, illegal.

A lot of older gentlemen Cuba Dave’s age can be seen with good looking under 30s who are kind, loving and loyal to a man with means to help she and her family. But relationships aren’t illegal. The only time I hear of foreigners getting busted for sex crimes is when they are already wanted by interpol.

Then they get to spend some time in Nicaraguan Preventative Detention where if you don’t have family to bring you lunch, you starve.

Comment on Sex Tourism, Free Speech and Cuba Dave in a Costa Rica Prison by Anon in USA Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:48:52 +0000 Imposing 100% taxes and enacting onerous and arbitrary regulations isn’t going to reduce prostitution. It will drive it underground and increase non-compliance which is likely already pretty high.
I imagine if people really thought it was important to reduce prostitution then the powers that be could encourage people to get married, attend church regularly and to immediately legalize all drugs (so as to abolish the drug cartel industry).
6 second vid of Princess Leia explaining that there are consequences to commanding behaviour.

Comment on Sex Tourism, Free Speech and Cuba Dave in a Costa Rica Prison by Steve Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:29:23 +0000 Good work Colin. That’s a very thorough review of the situation. I used to have a favorable opinion of Costa Rica, but not now. They are abusing a weak individual to put fear into others who might talk about sex work in Costa Rica. If enough light is shined on this action Costa Rica may re-think what it’s doing and release Dave soon. Meanwhile people who believe in free speech can take their tourist dollars to other countries and that will put even more pressure on the government to respect normal human rights like free speech. Maybe The United Nations needs to look into abuses of power like this or even The World Court.

Comment on Colombian Food: Worst of the Worst by carlos Wed, 18 Nov 2015 05:29:44 +0000 I’m sorry thw writer did not have a good gastronomic experience in Colombia. Colombians have excellent food and wonderfull chefs even though the very best colombian food is homemade. There is also the fact that colombians usually spit and urinate in the food of idiots and arrogant imbeciles.

Comment on The Case for Vanilla Names by Scott Sun, 15 Nov 2015 08:33:50 +0000 I’m not a hanger on, but I’m blown away by this so I’m going to comment and become one. To think that Dah-vid is not going to get ridiculed by being different when he has red hair and looks different than everyone else because he chose to be called day-vid is crazy. Sure, no betsys, mildreds, dicks or adolphs, but other than the first day of school, names are hardly the problem. Kids are ruthless and will seek out weakness, regardless. Even male Lindseys get chicks in the end.

Comment on Serpost Strike: A Puzzling Move in Peru by Mikedefieslife Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:14:57 +0000 Looks like they are on strike again (indefinitely this time) just as I’m expecting a package. I wondered why it was taking 5 days to get from Lima to Cusco.

The package was sent via DHL but they hand it over to Serpost. I’ll never use them again either, seems these strikes are common place.

Comment on How Soccer Harms Functional Fitness by Scott Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:10:02 +0000 Avid reader since I visited Colombia in 2013 to visit my “homeland” as I am an adopted Colombian. I read back from there and everything since.

I don’t know if this is your best or worse article. A guy that can juggle a ball 100 times without touching the ground can definitely throw a ball 50 yards.

A family that does not exhibit that talent makes for good fun. You don’t see Peruvians doing Yoga either.

Comment on How Soccer Harms Functional Fitness by David Wed, 11 Nov 2015 21:39:21 +0000 Good post although lots of sports have disadvantages.
On paper you could say that tag rugby is the perfect sport
1) Hand/foot/eye co-ordination
2) Non contact so less danger of injury than rugby/american football/cricket etc (I know cricket is non contact but there are still injuries)
3) Mixed teams so helps with one of the most difficult things in life – working with women
4) Any size can do it unlike basketball
5) less equipment needed than many other sports

Shame it is a minority sport even in the UK

Comment on The Case for Vanilla Names by David Wed, 11 Nov 2015 21:35:57 +0000 Most Latin Americans I know are that bothered about spelling that well so I don’t think the fact that Rebecca has 2 Cs together would matter (maybe it is different in Lima compared to the boring city (Cali).
By the way I have thought of more names
1) Doris my Colombian’s sister in laws name and of course known in the UK (not that popular but acceptable)
2)Edna (an older name in the UK but still a name) and a name of a Colombian friend of mine
3) Alex more common in Colombia than the UK
4) Karen I have one Colombian and one English friend with this name
5) James I have one Colombian and two English friends with this name

Comment on The Case for Vanilla Names by Colin Wed, 11 Nov 2015 21:03:41 +0000 I imagine that in cities like Boston or New York, Colin would not have been so rare. Obviously the UK as well. But Missouri, not so much.

I just updated the list to include Samuel, as well as several from this list I found after publishing:

More than half of the names on that list are incorrect, but it’s a good place to start.

Rachel is Raquel in Spanish. And as for Rebecca, I believe you would never see two C’s together in proper Spanish. And as for Tina, names that were doubtful I looked for at least a few famous Spanish or Latin women with the name. Could not come up with one. And it also has a bit of a stripper connotation, at least to me.

But I give you SAMUEL! Can’t believe I missed that one actually …